Clas leads Darien girls cross country team to two wins on Friday

Freshman Mairead Clas was the overall winner and the Darien girls cross country team picked up a pair of victories during a late-week race held Friday at Waveny Park in New Canaan.

Clas won the race by more than seven seconds, covering the 5,000-meter course in 16:04.33. Warde’s Abigail Hart followed in second at 16:11.87, and New Canaan’s Sophie Curcio was third in 16:15.34.

Darien went 2-1 overall, improving its season mark to 7-5 with one dual meet remaining until the FCIAC championships on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Waveny Park.

Friday’s race was originally scheduled for last Tuesday, but the storms which hit the area forced the girls race to be postponed. The runners had actually lined up for the start of the race as the boys competition was finishing, but Waveny’s lighting detection system signalled an alert, forcing the race’s postponement.

When the race was held on Friday, Darien defeated Warde 25-30, and Wilton 26-29, while losing to host New Canaan 22-37.

Darien, along with Norwalk and St. Joseph, will run at Staples High School in Westport on Tuesday to close out the regular season.

Senior Penn Boucher was the second Wave runner to cross the finish line Friday, as she took seventh place in 16:50.05.

Senior Sophie Hill (17:15.36) was 13th, senior Amalia Madariaga (17:29.41) was 18th, and junior Noelle Kennedy (17:35.39) was 19th to round out Darien’s scoring.

Darien placed nine runners in the top 40, including two freshmen and three sophomores.

In addition to Clas, the Wave also had freshman Julianne Teitler taking 31st in 18:08.73.

A trio of sophomores followed, with Georgia Sheehan (18:10.57) in 32nd; Charlotte Van Ingen (18:29.69) in 34th; and Sally Boucher (18:56.38) in 40th

Clas’s win on Friday continued what has been a remarkable first season with the Wave for the freshman.

She’s finished in the top three of all four of Darien’s FCIAC dual meets — Friday was her first win — and she was also 18th at the highly-competitive Ocean State Invitational on Sept. 22.  Held in Goddard State Park, R.I., the Ocean State Invite features made of the top runners from around the region.

Clas earned her 18th-place finish by running the 5K course in 20:15.6. Penn Boucher was 70th for the Wave, crossing the line in 21:54.9, while senior Marley Garfield was 87th in 21:54.9.