Darien boys track team takes seventh place at New Haven Invitational

Darien placed seventh with 23 points at the New Haven Varsity Invitational on Friday, as Bloomfield won the meet with 40 points.

One of the highlights for Darien was the victorious distance medley relay. The team of Arthur Cassidy, James Farrington, Jack Sparkman and Brian Davey placed first in 11:24.15. Cassidy and Farrington teamed with Carter Ashcraft in the 4 x 800 to place fifth in 8:50.87. Davey was also sixth in the 800 in 2:05.13.

Sophomore Armstrong Noonan placed third in the 1,600, using a later surge to distance himself from the pack. Noonan ran 4:31.59. Marshall Huffman was fourth in the 3,200 in 10:00.44.

On Saturday, Nick Lombardo was up to his old tricks. Lombardo broke his own school record in the high jump with a mark of 6-7. This was one inch higher than the record he set in 2012. The mark is also believed to be a Staples Fieldhouse record.

In addition, the mark qualified Lombardo for the New Balance Indoor National Championships in March.

Also competing well Saturday was Cameron Smith, who placed third in high jump at 5-10 and second in long jump with a mark of 19-0.75. Smith was also third in the 300 in 39.37.

Santosh Krishnan placed fourth in the 600 in 1:38.63, and Spencer Nichols was sixth in the high jump at 5-0. Mike O'Malley was sixth in the long jump with a leap of 16-11 and second in the shot put with 37-10.5. Ryan Yuen placed sixth in the shot put with a throw of 34-5.

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"We are definitely not at 100 percent yet. Nowhere near. When we get rolling, we will start clicking off some big performances. I'm very excited," Darien coach Tyson Kaczmarek said.