GIRLS INDOOR TRACK
Winning FCIACs, states and topping it all off with a first at the state open for the very first time, Wave girls’ indoor track found a yet higher peak to land on at New Englands.
Catherine Lacy’s springy legs got that much more springier, leaping all the way up to Boston to win the regional event in the long jump at the Reggie Lewis Center on Saturday.
She led Darien, breaking her own record, with a distance of 18-7.5. Her previous best was 18-4.5 set on Jan. 31.
“Lacy was top seed,” said Darien coach Steve Norris. “She was last in the jumping rotation and was leading into the sixth and final round.”
Kate Hall of Lake Region, Maine, the winner in the 55m dash, took the lead on her sixth jump.
“Catherine responded with a personal record and New England-best jump on her last attempt,” Norris said.
Lacy was not alone in making Wave history and glittering up her accessories with ribbons and medallions around her neck.
“We set four school records and took home seven medals,” added Norris.
Darien won the 4×200 relay in 1:44.23. Making the rounds: Anna Sulger (25.4), Lacy (25.7), Maddie Schneider (26.9) and Dillon Schoen (26.0).
They broke the school record of 1:45.11 set by the same at the open on Feb. 19.
“We led the whole way, staying out of trouble,” said Norris. “As (it) did in our state open meet, Greenwich again pursued us around the track. We stayed ahead the whole way.”
Schoen came in fifth in the 600 in 1:36.43 (14.9, 30.0, 45.8, 62.2, 79.5).
“Schoen ran another great race, beating all Conn. runners,” Norris said.
In the 1000, Grace Loh surpassed her own school record set at last year’s NE meet, coming in sixth in 2:56.62 (32.6, 67.8, 1:44.5, 2:20.9).
She ran it in 2:59.08 in 2012.
“Loh ran unchallenged in the first heat.” added Norris. “Her time held up.”
Leah Hotchkiss beat all Conn. high jumpers and narrowly missed a personal best of 5-5 for a seventh place tie at 5-3.
Sulger was eighth in the 300 in 40.96 (25.9), and she broke Liz Merritt’s long-standing best time of 41.05 set in 1995.
Plus, she came just 2/10ths of a second from placing.