The Darien boys cross country team placed fourth with 168 points in the New England Championships on Saturday at Derryfield Park in Manchester, NH. The fourth-place finish was the best in Darien High School history.

Alex Ostberg led the Blue Wave again Saturday. Ostberg used an early move to break away in a three-person pack at just over a mile. At two miles, Ostberg was trailing only Joseph Holt from Maine.

"It was hard to watch this race today because it meant our 5 senior captains would run XC for the last time. We have been looking forward to this year for 3 years. It's hard to believe it is over already," Darien coach Tyson Kaczmarek said.

A fast last mile allowed Ostberg to take the lead on the field with about 600 meters to go. Around the final turn, Holt took lead only to have it snatched away by Ostberg instantly. Trevor Hopper of Ridgefield joined the leaders and used a last minute surge to put two strides on Ostberg with about 100 meters to go.

Ostberg crossed the line in second place in 15:11, breaking the old course record of 15:16 set by Ben True of Maine. Hopper won the race in 15:08. Armstrong Noonan was next for Darien in 15:58, good enough for 23rd. Both Ostberg and Noonan earned All-New England honors.

"Alex was amazing. He had a race plan -- a difficult one -- and was able to make the most of it," Kaczmarek said. "He ran a flawless race. He put the pressure on everyone else. I got chills watching the race."

Rounding out Darien's team were the five senior captains: Marshall Huffman (45th, 16:18), Colten Appleby (59th, 16:27), Brian Davey (124th, 16:54), Peter Kreuch (151st, 17:07) and Ben Olsen (165th, 17:14).

"Our program has grown so much," Kaczmarek said. "The level of expectation has increased tremendously. It has been absolutely awesome."

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