NEW HAVEN -- Darien High School's indoor track teams made their marks at the State Open at the New Haven Athletic Center on Saturday. The boys, with 20 points, placed fifth among 45 teams and the girls, with 15 points, were eighth among 44 squads. Top-six finishers in each event qualified for the New England Championships in Boston in early March, and Darien will have strong representation in that meet.

Darien's 4x800 meter relay team of Amanda Dobler, Katie Donovan, Grace Loh and Dillon Schoen was second in a time of 9:42.10. In the high jump event, Catherine Lacy leaped five feet, good for a fourth-place tie. Lacy also came in ninth in the long jump competition, with a 16-01.50 effort. Elizabeth Crafford came in fourth in the pole vault competition with a 10-06 effort. Teammate Lee Bolton came in seventh with a 9-06.

The 1,600 sprint medley relay contingent of Crafford, Charlotte Phillips, Dobler and Donovan came in 10th in 4:28.78. Megan Keane was seventh in the 1000 meter run, finishing in a time of 3:03.92. The 4x400 relay team of Keane, Schoen, Claire Gaffney and Crafford placed ninth in 4:14.01. The 4x200 relay team of Phillips, Kathryn Close, Sherry Gilronan and Liz Heaney placed 15th in 1:55.51.

Just being a part of the excitement, no matter what the outcome, was a thrill for the runners, throwers and jumpers. "I'm pretty excited. It's an honor to be running with the best of the best in the state," said Heaney, a sophomore in her first State Open.

On the boys' side, the 4x200 meter relay team of Stockton McMullin, Matt Pik, Corey Eppley and Kevin Keller took first place in a time of 1:33.26. Kevin Keller came in third in the 300 in a time of 35.82 and placed fourth in the long jump with a leap of 22-04.50. "I'm really excited to be here. This is the last time I'm going to be in this stadium," Keller said.

"It's very exciting because you get to see good competition and familiar competition," McMullin added.

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The DHS track team members will see some even less familiar competition when the top competitors from the other New England states join them in the New England Championships in a week.