Darien boys track team breaks two school marks at The Armory
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For the Darien boys’ team, it was a trip to the iconic arena of The Armory in New York City and setting a couple of school records.
The Blue Wave delivered a number of strong performances in their final tune-up before the FCIAC tournaments, which get underway with divisional meets on Saturday. Darien will compete in the East Division starting at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 1, at Nicholas Zeoli Field House in Wilton.
The Wave’s 4x400 relay heads into the meet with plenty of momentum after setting a new school record during the Bullis Champion Speed Invitational at The Armory on Saturday.
The all-senior team of Austin Dehmel, Alec Armstrong, Jacob Grimm and Jack Holly came through with a time of 3:32.41, finishing fourth while earning a spot at the top of the school record book.
They joined fellow senior Nick Balenzano set a school record time of 7.34 seconds while finishing 11th in the 60-meter dash earlier in the meet. Dehmel was close behind in 15th place with a time of 7.42 seconds.
Balenzano had a huge meet, as he finished in the top 12 of three events.
He was fourth in the long jump with a leap of 20 feet, 5 inches and was 12th in the 55-meter dash in 6.82.
In the 55 dash, he was again followed closely by Dehmel, who was 15th in 6.89.
Darien had five athletes in the long jump, as following Balenzano were senior Carson Depp (9th, 18-03.5), sophomore Noor Ashrifeh (12th, 17-08.75), junior Vincent Xu (14th, 16-03.00), and senior Ben Henry (15th, 15-09.00).
Senior Aiden Hills took the silver medal in the pole vault, finishing second at 12 feet, with senior Alexander Zanin fourth at 10 feet.
Back on the track, freshman Jacob Rideout was sixth with a time of 2:03.87 in the 600-meter; Grimm was 11th with a time of 2:03.87 in the 800-meter run; and Holly was 14th with a time of 52.36 in the 400-meter dash.
In the 200-meter dash, Dehmel was 12th in 23.32, followed by Balenzano (22nd, 24.15), Armstrong (29th, 24.61), and Ashrifeh (33rd, 25.46).
The 300-meter dash featured Darien seniors Aidan O’Rourke (19th, 39.23), and Will Henry Harmon (20th, 39.96).