Sulger-Loh-Johnston-Schoen smash 26-year record at Yale

Distance medley relay time of 12:26.48 the best yet at DHS


RECORD SETTERS — From left, assistant running coach Dave Ott, Dillon Schoen, Anna Sulger, Anne Johnston, Grace Loh and coach Steve Norris.


Darien broke a 26-year school record at the Yale Invitational in New Haven on Jan. 18-19.

The new Wave names written into the top spot are Grace Loh, Anna Sulger, Dillon Schoen and Anne Johnston who set a Darien High best time in the distance medley relay.


OUT AHEAD — Grace Loh stays in front on her leg of the relay.

The girls ran the 1200 400 800 1600 for schools under 600 in 12:26.48 for first. Breakdowns included: Loh going 34.1, 72.2, 1:51.3, 2:30.7, 3:09.6, 3:47.3; Sulger 27.3, 57.6; Schoen 33.5, 70.1, 1:45.2, 2:19.9; Johnston 75.7, 2:38.4, 4:01.5, 5:21.5.

The run chopped the school record of 12:52.48 set in 1987 by Heather Waddington, Cheryl Windham, Valerie Gill and Nynke Dekker.

The former four qualify for the New Balance Indoor Track Nationals at the Armory in March.

Sulger follows up setting one record with another in breaking the DHS mark in the 600 the week before at the SCC Coaches meet also in New Haven.


LEGGING IT — Dillon Schoen delivers on her leg of a record setting pace.

She ran it in 1:38.28, breaking Katherine Sinacore’s record of 1:38.81 from 2007.

No team scores are kept at these meets.

In the 4×200 for schools under 600, the Wave was second in 1:48.06. Running it Sulger 26.2, Elizabeth Fucigna 27.8, Maddie Schneider 26.9 and Schoen 27.0.

Seventh in the 4×8007 in 10:09.68 were Sophie Long 34.4, 71.9, 1:53.3, 2:34.9; Caroline Weihs 34.5, 71.0, 1:48.2, 2:28.3; Caity Lowden 35.4, 73.5, 1:54.1, 2:34.6; Sarah Colon 35.1, 72.6, 1:53.0, 2:31.6.

The 4×400 had Darien in eighth in 4:22.75 with Schneider 30.3, 62.7; Liz Heaney 29.4, 65.5; Cassidy Stauffer 31.1, 67.2; Sophie Long 30.9, 67.0.

Jessica Thornbury tied for fourth in the pole vault at 10-feet.

Ellen Bauer ran the 3000 in 11:28.00 (86, 2:57, 4:28, 6:02, 7:36, 9:12, 10:48).

Leah Hotchkiss high jumped 5-1.

“The two key events were the 4x200m relay where we ran the second fastest time in school history,” Wave coach Steve Norris said. “This time was the best Conn. time of the day and ranks second best in Conn. this season.

“And the distance medley where we broke the 26-year-old school record by 26 seconds.”

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