It didn’t take long for Nick Lombardo to make an impact in Saturday’s O’Grady Relays at Danbury High School.
Despite being the last jumper in the field to get a mark in long jump, Lombardo would not need to take another jump — his first leap of 22-8 was good enough to win the competition, by nearly two feet.
As Nick said, ‘It was a good day at the office.’
— Tyson Kaczmarek
“Nick’s first jump was a thing of beauty,” said Wave coach Tyson Kaczmarek. “He nailed the board perfectly and it launched him into the pit. You could tell it was a big one right away.”
Even more impressive, the jump, a personal best for Lombardo, took down a 50-year-old school record from Henry Thomas, who jumped 22-6.25 in 1963.
Lombardo’s efforts, combined with Myles Ridder (18-8) and Patrick Reilly (18-4.75) were good enough for Darien to win the long jump relay.
“Nick came to me before the meet started to double-check what the school records were in the long and triple jump,” Kaczmarek said. “He told me they were going down today.”
Lombardo was nowhere near done, though. In the triple jump, he waited until the last jump to win the competition adding over a foot to his personal best at 44-6.
“It was an interesting sequence,” said Kaczmarek. “The Wethersfield jumper pass Nick on his third jump by about four inches or so. I went to Nick right after the jump and told him to take care of business.
“He responded with his best jump ever.”
Lombardo along with Spencer McMullin (41-1.75) and Matt Lesko (39-9.5) won the triple jump relay as well.
For McMullin, it was his second big performance of the day. Earlier, he combined with Armstrong Noonan, Brian Davey and Alex Ostberg to set the school record in the distance medley relay; the previous record: Douglas Wright, Kevin Knapp, Logan Hohs and Artem Skobrev, 2008, 10:39.04.
The DMR team placed second overall in 10:34.81
“The DMR was really cool,” Kaczmarek said. “We had a runner in each grade in the race. Seeing how well they ran was awesome. We knew we could get that record with a good day. The guys responded with big performances.”
Overall, Darien placed fourth in the meet with 39 points.
Helping add to the team’s score as well was the 2000 Steeplechase relay team of Marshall Huffman (6:38.68, fifth), Peter Kreuch (eighth, 6:42.59) and Colten Appleby (ninth, 6:43.62) which placed second overall.
Thhe 4×800 team of James Farrington, Noonan, Ostberg and Davey placed sixth in 8:25.25.
“We’d been waiting for a day like this,” said Kaczmarek. “We are in the position we want to be in at this point in the season. I’m very excited. As Nick said, it was a good day at the office.”