Darien girls track runs second at FCIAC East championships

The Darien girls indoor track and field team put an exclamation point on a fine day with a victory in the 4×375 relay to nail down second place at the FCIAC Eastern Division championships Saturday at Nicholas Zeoli Field House in Wilton.

Rivals Darien and New Canaan were tied for second heading into the final relay, when the Wave’s team of sophomore Charlotte Sulger, freshman Alexis Lyons, junior Suzanna Alliegro, and sophomore Chelsi Chevannes raced to a time of 4:07.65, beating New Canaan (4:14.29) by nearly seven seconds.

“Charlotte Sulger ran an aggressive first leg to give us the lead and Alexis Lyons, Suzanna Alliegro and Chelsi Chevannes carried the baton to victory and secured second place overall,” head coach Steve Norris said. “Our four runners all ran within 1.8 seconds of each other, a great team performance.”

The effort gave the Blue Wave a team total of 92 points, as they edged ahead of third-place New Canaan, which scored 90. Ludlowe won the East crown with 114 points.

Darien claimed three gold medals, including two in the relays, and scored its highest point total since the FCIAC switched from three to two divisional championships four years ago.

Darien’s freshman phenom Mairead Clas had a part in two gold medals for the Wave.

She won the 1,000-meter run in 3:14.70, beating out Ludlowe junior Madeline Ruggerio (3:17.21) for first place. The Blue Wave did well in that event, placing four runners in the top 10 as senior Daphne Cutler was third (3:17.34), junior Brianna Lyons was sixth (3:25.74), and sophomore Katie Chandler was 10th (3:28.76).

Clas also ran the anchor leg on Darien’s championship sprint medley relay team, which featured Cutler, Brianna Lyons, and Chandler in the first three legs. Darien finished in 4:25.37, while Ludlowe was second in 4:28.68.

Darien’s 4×750 relay finished second, as Alliegro, freshman Julianne Teitler, sophomore Sally Boucher, and senior Olivia Stein crossed the line in 10:00.96, trailing only New Canaan’s time of 9:55.58.

In the 600-meter run, Norwalk senior Laura Turner won in 1:47.68 to edge Sulger’s time of 1:49.15. Also for Darien, Alexis Lyons was sixth (1:51.10), Boucher was eighth (1:54.83), and freshman Lauren Blake was 14th (1:58.30).

Sophomore Charlotte Van Ingen was third in the 300-meter dash at 46.77. She was followed by Sulger in fourth (46.95), junior Kate Armstrong in eighth (50.03), and sophomore Christina Pizzani in 11th (50.58)

In the 1,600-meter run, senior Cameron Appleby was fourth (5:45.39), senior Sophie Hill was 12th (6:05.92) and junior Noelle Kennedy was 13th (6:08.27)

Alexis Lyons took sixth place in the finals of the 45-meter dash (6.95).

Darien’s 4X225 relay team of Van Ingen, sophomore Christina Pizzani, Armstrong, and junior Kaitlyn Popson finished fourth (2:20.90).

Darien placed two athletes in the top three of the high jump. Ludlowe’s Tess Stapleton won at 5 feet, with the Wave’s Chevannes second at 4 feet, 10 inches, and freshman Brooke Dolan third at 4 feet, 8 inches. Boucher was 10th at 4 feet, 4 inches.

In the pole vault, junior Ashley Hagander was third (7-00) and junior Joen Echeverria was seventh (6-06).

Chevannes was sixth in the long jump at 14 feet, 11 inches. Pizzani was 10th (13-07.25) and Joen Echeverria was 14th (13-00)

In the shot put, Hagander was eighth (27-04).