Darien boys track team looks to go three-for-three
The Darien boys outdoor track and field team is looking to complete a Triple Crown of sorts this spring -- win Class L titles in all three seasons.
Based on those results, Darien appears to a heavy favorite to make it three-for-three.
According to veteran coach Tyson Kaczmarek, the strength of the outdoor team will be the long-distance runners, a group that includes sophomore Alex Ostberg, junior Marshall Huffman, junior Peter Kreuch and junior Brian Davey.
Ostberg recorded personal bests in the 1,600 and 3,200 indoors after being injured at the end of the cross country season.
"He had a fantastic comeback during indoors that saw him run equal to 9:36 for 3,200 meters," Kaczmarek said. "He will have a monster outdoor season."
Huffman, Kreuch and Davey all recorded personal bests in the 1,000, 1,600 and 3,200 during the indoor campaign while Armstrong Noonan, who placed fifth at the nationals in the freshman mile, is a promising newcomer.
Davey, who has excellent leg speed, earned all-state indoors and is expected to be a force in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200. Kreuch made major improvements made during the indoor season and also is one of the top distance runners in the FCIAC, according to Kaczmarek.
Darien is blessed with strong numbers among the distance runners as junior Colten Appleby, junior Jack Sparkman and sophomore Arthur Cassidy return after not running indoors. Other returnees in senior Andrew Xiong, junior James Farrington, junior Ben Olsen and junior Alex Rayhill give the Blue Wave even more depth.
"We have a ton of talent in many areas but still are not as deep as we were indoor," Kaczmarek said. "We certainly have the ability to improve in many places."
One area where Darien doesn't have great depth is in the throwing department. Still, the Blue Wave boast three shot-putters who throw 40 feet: Senior Will Lochtefeld, junior Spencer McKeough and junior Jack Neary.
Lochtefeld is healthy after missing the entire indoor season, and McKeough was seventh in the Class L indoor meet.
Stratton Powers is improving in all areas, according to Kaczmarek, who expects the foursome to also do well in the discus.
Leading the way for the jumpers will be junior Nick Lombardo, who earned all-New England in the high jump with a leap of 6-feet, 5 inches and also recorded a personal best in the long jump during the indoor season at 22-00.25.
Fellow jumpers in junior Ryan Yuen and senior Jimmy Documet also will be looked upon to pick up points, while senior Spencer McMullin heads the list of sprinters as he will run the 100, 200 and 400 as well as the relays.
"(McMullin) came on very strong at the end of the indoor season to emerge as the team's top sprinter," Kaczmarek said. "He will be a big factor in the 100, 200 and 400."
"There is no doubt this team can be quite good by the end of the season," Kaczmarek said. "We have to wait and see how certain guys develop in many areas. I'm confident we will have a very good season."