Darien girls track and field team stars at FCIAC championships

Darien’s Charlotte Sulger competes in the 1,000-meter run during the FCIAC Indoor Track and Field Championships in New Haven on Thursday, Jan. 31. — Dave Stewart/Hearst Connecticut Media photo

The Darien Blue Wave had 14 runners deliver their top performances of the season during a strong effort at the FCIAC girls indoor track and field championships Thursday at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven.

Darien, which also had seven athletes qualify for the state tournament for the first time, scored 20.5 points as a team and finished in eighth place overall.

The Wave’s top finishes on the track came in the 4×400 relay, where sophomores Charlotte Van Ingen and Chelsi Chevannes, junior Suzanna Alliegro, and senior Eva Finn finished third with a time of 4:20.04.

Chevannes also placed third in the high jump at 16 feet, 8.75 inches, and was fifth in the long jump at 5 feet.

Freshman distance runner Mairead Clas excelled in the 1,600-meter race with a personal record (PR) time of 5:17.25. Senior Daphne Cutler also placed sixth in the even with a four-second PR of 5:24.73.

In the pole vault, sophomore Ashley Hagander tied for fifth in the pole vault at 7 feet, 6 inches, and ninth in the shot put at 28 feet, 8 inches.

The sprint medley relay team of juniors Kate Armstrong and Brianna Lyons, sophomore Katie Chandler and senior Cameron Appleby placed sixth in 4:41.71, with Appleby running a strong 800-meter anchor leg after competing in the 1,000-meter run earlier in the evening.

Sophomore Charlotte Sulger placed in the top 10 in each of the 1000-meter run, the 300-meter dash, and the high jump. Her top finish was an eighth-place showing in the high jump at 4 feet, 10 inches, with freshman Brooke Dolan 14th at 4 feet, 8 inches.

Sulger’s 1,000-meter time of 3:14.88, good for ninth place, was a four-second improvement in a challenging race. Also in that race, Lyons 11th in 3:20.23, Appleby 12th in 3:20.35, and Chandler 13th in 3:21.94.

In the 300, Sulger was ninth in 44.47, with freshman Alex Lyons 13th (45.28), and Van Ingen 15th (45.51).

Junior Joen Echeverria was eighth in the pole vault at 7 feet, 6 inches, with junior Samantha Wagner 10th at 7 feet.

Alexis Lyons led the Wave in the 600-meter run, finishing 12th in 1:47.31, a step ahead of Alliegro, who was 13th in 1:47.51. Sophomore Sally Boucher was 19th in 1:49.22.