Raia first in long jump at Reindeer Relays

BOYS INDOOR TRACK

Cameron Raia placed first with a long jump of 18-5 at the Reindeer Relays at Wilton High recently.

Raia also tied for fifth in high jump at 5-4.

Both jumps qualified for FCIACs.

Also qualifying for FCIAC was Kieran Daly (5-4) who tied for fifth with Raia.

Kayin Chisolm was second in high jump with a mark of 5-8 with the performance qualifying for FCIACs and Class L.

“We had a good first meet,” said Darien coach Tyson Kaczmarek. “We are rusty in a few places, but we just need a little bit of time.”

Darien next competed at the New Haven Invitational at Hillhouse HS.

Alex Klarer placed second in the 1600 in 4:40.01.

Griffin Ott was 11th in 4:51.39 and Jack O’Keeffe was 13th in 4:53.15.

Oliver Knight was 13th in the 600 in 1:31.51. Lucas Madariaga was third in the Freshmen 1600 in 5:08.09.

Klarer and Knight, qualified for FCIACs and States. Ott, and O’Keeffe qualified for FCIACs.

Season Preview

Darien was first in the FCIAC East Division and seventh at FCIACs last winter and came in 15th at the Class L meet.

Top Returning Athletes

Sr. Capt. Alex Klarer – Klarer has returned to the track after playing soccer in the fall. He is ready to build on a tremendous junior year.

Sr. Capt. Kayin Chisolm – outstanding pole vaulter and hurdler

Sr. Capt. Henry Vossler – excellent pole vaulter.

Sr. Capt. Kenneth Klarer – will help fill in relays tremendously

Sr. Griffin Ott – should be ready for a great track season

Sr. Oliver Knight – best middle distance runner on the team

Sr. Mike Neary – one of the best shot putters in the state

Other Key Athletes

Sr. Cody Boccuzzi – sprints

Sr. Austin Hagander – sprints

Sr. Will Harman – sprints

Sr. Bobby Keeney – throws

Sr. Cameron Raia – jumps, sprints

Sr. Connor Sullivan – jumps, sprints

Jr. Kieran Daly – pole vault, high jump

Jr. Ryan Eppley – jumps, sprints

Jr. Pierce Hoyda – sprints

Jr. Alan Hyatt – throws

Jr. Jack O’Keeffe – distance

Jr. Ryan Sullivan – throws

Jr. Max Wadley – pole vault

So. Alec Armstrong – pole vault

So. Aiden Hills – pole vault, sprints

So. Jack Holy – sprints

Fr. Lucas Madariaga – distance

Fr. Garrett Martin – sprints, jumps

Outlook

While this is the indoor track and field season, it seems Darien is more of a field and track team this season, according to its coach.

“We definitely have strength in field events,” said Kaczmarek. “We are solid in all four areas.

“The area of greatest strength may very well be shot put with the return of Mike Neary, Bobby Keeney, and Ryan Sullivan.

“These guys are solid. They work hard. They are in the weight room and they compete. Every day. All three should be well over 40 feet this season. Neary could even throw 50 feet.”

Pole vault also provides great strength for the Blue Wave. Henry Vossler, Kayin Chisolm and Kieran Daly have all cleared 12 feet in previous seasons.

They are joined by a slew of talented underclassmen in Max Wadley, Aiden Hills and Alec Armstrong.

“Our vaulters are tremendous,” Kaczmarek said. “We have great depth in this area.

“Daly and Chisolm was also contribute in high jump along with Cameron Raia and Ryan Eppley. Vossler will join Raia, Eppley and Garrett Martin in long jump.

“We are at least four deep in all field events. We can’t ask for more than that.”

On the track, Darien is probably most deep in distance with seniors Griffin Ott, Alex Klarer and Oliver Knight can cover any event from the 600 to the 3200.

“The range our distance runners have is superb,” added Kaczmarek. “We can mix and match and move them around to match the competition we face.”

The sprinting group is led by Austin Hagander, Kenneth Klarer and Jack Holly.

“A lot of our field guys can carry over into the sprinting department. Overall, we have a lot of depth. We will need to be successful during championship season.”