Indoor track finishes second in Class L finals, third in State Open
Last Friday, Darien boys inddor track captured second place in the Class L Championship with 66 points. Alex Ostberg won three events for the Blue Wave. First, Ostberg anchored the 4 x 800 relay to a time of 8:19.62. He followed this up with a win in the 1600 in 4:22.01, followed by a victory in the 3200 in 9:29.02. Joining Ostberg on the 4 x 800 team were Armstrong Noonan, Jason Flynn and James Fay. All four athletes earned All-State honors by virtue of their victory.
"Alex had a great day. We went to the meet hoping for victories in those events and we got them," said Darien coach Tyson Kaczmarek.
Noonan also provided additional points. Noonan took second in the 1600 in 4:22.17 and followed that up with a 9:33.69 performance in the 3200, good enough for third.
"Army was tough all meet. He made some nice moves in the 4 x 8 and 1600 to get in good position."
There were additional point scorers for the Blue Wave. Carter Ashcraft placed fifth in the 600 with a personal best time of 1:26.31. Arthur Cassidy was second in the 1000 with a time of 2:38.30. Todd Herget was third in the high jump at 5-8. Shelby Grant was fifth in the long jump at 20-8.5. Jack Tyrrell was fourth in the shot put with a mark of 48-2.25.
Last Saturday, the Blue Wave competed at the State Open.
"We had a team meeting Friday to discuss our chances of winning the meet," Kaczmarek said. "We felt that we were very much in the mix. The guys were ready for today."
The meet got off to a good start with Darien placing second in the 4 x 800 in 8:07.61 with the team of Jason Flynn, Arthur Cassidy, Armstrong Noonan and Alex Ostberg. The time broke the school record of James Farrington, Marshall Huffman, Arthur Cassidy and Brian Davey set in 2014 at 8:09.00.
Noonan and Ostberg came back in the 1600 and were running 1-2 in the race until the final 50 meters when Ari Klau of Hall used a strong move to capture the win. Ostberg placed second in 4:19.97, breaking his school record 4:20.87 set at FCIACs. Noonan was third in 4:20.68.
"We were so close to going 1-2 in the race. That would have been awesome," Kaczmarek said. "Still, they ran a great race. The second half of the race was really fast, which is a great sign going forward."
Meanwhile, the Blue Wave were tied for first after the Sprint Medley with 22 points. However, Hillhouse was able to take the lead after a strong showing in the 300. Ostberg and Noonan were not through though and both returned to run the 3200. The race opened in 4;45 over the first 1600 meters. Ostberg made a move with 800 to go to take the lead, but fell short of victory, placing second in 9:17.72. Noonan was third in 9:21.68.
"The triple they pulled off was unreal," Kaczmarek said. "When we went into the week and came up with the game plan, they were on board from the start. They are team players. Both sacrificed individual wins for the team to try to pull off the victory. When you look at their performances today, very few runners could do what they did. They don't get enough credit. This was the most difficult assignment I've ever asked a runner to do."
Despite finishing 2-3 in the 3200, Darien was in the lead in the meet with 36 points going into the 4 x 400. Hillhouse was in second and Weston third. Both schools used strong finishes in that event to take first and second in the meet. The Blue Wave were third with 36 points.
"We were close," Kaczmarek said. "The kids believed in themselves and we just fell a bit short. We can't be disappointed. We made a great run at it."