A Darien running record, football explosion and volleyball perfection

Darien's Simeon Doll (4) scrambles with the ball during a football game against Warde in Fairfield on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022.

Darien's Simeon Doll (4) scrambles with the ball during a football game against Warde in Fairfield on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022.

Dave Stewart

A running record, a football offensive explosion and volleyball shutouts are in the spotlight for this week’s Wave by the numbers.


Time for junior Cam Meyer, who set a new record on Darien’s 2.56-mile course while winning a girls cross country race  last Wednesday. Meyer broke the old mark of 15:32, set by Mairead Class in 2020.


Record of the Darien girls cross country team, which swept last Wednesday.s meet. Following Meyer were senior Avery Johnson in second (16:50.80), sophomore Alison Meyers in third (16:53.40), sophomore Anna Ventker in sixth (17:37.30), and junior Evelyn Trudel in 12th (18:38.20).


Time for Darien senior Thomas Skelton, who was second in the 4,800-meter boys cross country race last Wednesday at DHS. Warde’s Patrick Broderick won in 16:01.40. Also for the Wave, senior Nick Yoo was fourth (16:31.10), junior Thomas Aponte was eighth (17:39.30), junior Pasquale Hoffman was 11th (17:46.80), and sophomore Owen Gluck was 13th (18:15.30).


Rushing yards for senior running back Jake Wilson in the Blue Wave’s 55-14 football victory over Warde Friday in Fairfield. Wilson scored on touchdown runs of 23 yards and 1 yard as Darien evened its mark at 2-2.


Unanswered points for Darien in its win against Warde. The Mustangs led 7-0 and 14-7 before the Wave took a 20-14 lead in the second quarter. Darien added 21 in the third quarter and 14 more in the fourth.


Touchdown passes for quarterback Simeon Doll. He connected twice with Trevor Herget and once each with Briggs McGuckin and Brady Pokorny. Clifton Shelton and John Rooney each rushed for a TD.


Year of Warde’s last victory over Darien, which now has an 11-game win streak against the Mustangs. That was also the ;last year, until 2022, that Warde started 3-0 and Darien started 1-2.


Kills for senior Leilani Gillespie in the Darien volleyball team’s 3-0 shutout of Trumbull last Thursday. The Wave won the hard-fought match 25-22, 25-19, 25-18 over a perennial FCIAC contender. Gillespie also had nine digs and a pair of blocks.


Record of the Darien girls volleyball team, which has not dropped a set this season. The Wave blanked last year’s Class LL runner-up Ludlowe 3-0 on Saturday. Darien has a huge week coming up as they play consecutive road matches at Staples on Monday, Oct. 10,  and at defending Class LL champion Greenwich on Wednesday, Oct. 12.


Score of the Darien field hockey team's victory over Wilton on a battle of unbeaten teams on Tuesday. The Wave had two goals from Blake Wilks and one each from Raina Johns and Ryan Hapgood to get the win. Darien is now 8-0 and Wilton dropped to 8-1.

David.Stewart@hearstmediact.com; @dstewartports