Darien’s boys’ 4x400 relay takes fourth at National meet

Darien’s 4x400 relay team of Jason Rideout, Luke Riordan, Owen Wagner and Kyle Bloomer finished fourth at the Adidas Outdoor Nationals track and field meet in North Carolina on Sunday, June 19.

Darien’s 4x400 relay team of Jason Rideout, Luke Riordan, Owen Wagner and Kyle Bloomer finished fourth at the Adidas Outdoor Nationals track and field meet in North Carolina on Sunday, June 19.

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Four Darien track athletes capped a remarkable postseason run with a fourth-place finish at the Adidas Outdoor Nationals in Greensboro, NC, on Sunday.

Junior Jason Rideout and seniors Luke Riordan, Owen Wagner, and Kyle Bloomer raced to a time of 3:27.05 to medal in the 4x400’s National Elite Division.

Their time was more than a second better than Cary Academy (NC), which finished fifth in 3:28.07, and was just a step behind St. John’s College High School (DC), which was third in 3:26.53.

Springdale (MD) won in 3:24.05, with Bay State (VA) second in 3:24.08.

The 4x400 relay team has been a roll through the postseason, finishing fifth in Class L (3:28.49) and sixth at the CIAC State Open (3:25.14).

Bloomer also struck gold in the Class L meet when he won the 400-meter dash in 49.08. Wagner was sixth in that event in 51.83.

Also in Class L, Riordan was eighth in the 800 (2:00.66), junior Nick Yoo was sixth in the 1,600 (4:28.16), senior Matt Taylor was sixth in the 110 hurdles (16.64), and senior Levi Steadman was seventh in the discus (119-03).

In the 300 hurdles, Taylor was seventh (43.11) and junior Aidan Muller was eighth (43.43).

Taylor, Bloomer and Wagner also represented the Blue Wave in the CIAC Decathlon on June 14-15 at Willow Brook Park in New Britain.

Taylor had Darien’s best finish, taking 22nd place with 4,489 points, with Bloomer 27th (4,398) and Wagner 28th (4,144).

Bloomer won the 1,500-meter run (4:38.06) and was ninth in the 100-meter dash (11.49), while Taylor was 10th in the 110 hurdles (16.72).

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