‘Rock solid’: Wave’s East title its 10th in 11 years


Spencer McMullin in over the line. (Photo courtesy of Darien Athletic Foundation)


Darien captured its 10th FCIAC Eastern Division Championship in the past 11 years, scoring 129 points, over 70 points more than runner-up Wilton with 56.5.

They were money like they have been all year.

— Tyson Kaczmarek

The team was led by the performances of Spencer McMullin and Nick Lombardo. McMullin captured the 45 in 5.84 and the 300 in 38.21 while placing second in the long jump in 19-11.

Lombardo won the long jump in 20-11.5 and the high jump in 6-4 while placing second in the 45 in 5.89.

“They were rock solid,” said Tyson Kaczmarek, DHS indoor track coach. “They were money like they have been all year.”

Darien captured three additional first places: Brian Davey (1000, 2:46.88), Spencer McKeough (shot put, 44-00.25) and the 4×750 meter relay team of James Farrington, Sean Lee, Andrew Xiong and Armstrong Noonan (8:30.88).


The Wave passes the relay baton. (Photo courtesy of Darien Athletic Foundation)

Deep Blue Wave

“Depth was a major key for us,” Kaczmarek said. “This is something we preach every season. You need quality bodies to be successful come championship time. We can cover just about every event.”

Depth was key for the Blue Wave, especially in the 45 and 300.

Follwing McMullin and Lombardo in the 45 were Cameron Smith (3rd, 5.92) and C.J. Raia (5th, 6.03).

In the 300, Raia was second (38.81) and Smith was third (39.14).

Additional scores for Darien: Judson Bergman (600, second, 1:33.97), Peter Kreuch (1000, third, 2:48.75; 3200, second, 10:34.69), Marshall Huffman (1600, second, 4:43.77), Alex Ostberg (1600, third, 4:44.23), Noonan (1600, fifth, 4:47.04), Mickey Conroy (3200, fourth, 11:04.69), Mikey Farren (3200, fifth, 11:05.69), Smith (high jump, third, 5-10), Jack Neary (shot put, fourth, 41-4.25).

The sprint medley team of Graham Helgans, Mike O’Malley, Eric Christensen and Davey were second in 3:52.98 and the 4×225 team of Will Ardery, Ryan Yuen, Cooper Drippe and Raia was third in 2:03.92.

“We know this is a competitve meet every year. We never take it for granted. We are going to work on getting focused on FCIACs and States. I like where we sit in both.

“A lot of guys had great meets. This is what we expect at this point in the year. This is our time.”

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