Darien Blue Wave boys run third in FCIAC East track and field
The Darien boys track and field team collected 76 points and finished third out of eight schools at the FCIAC East Division championships Saturday at Wilton High School.
The Wave, which had numerous strong showings, edged out rival New Canaan for the third spot, as the Rams were fourth with 73 points. Warde won the East crown with 95 points, and Ludlowe was second with 81.
Alex Klarer was one of the Blue Wave’s top performers, as he ran in the three longest races of the day and delivered second-, fourth-, and ninth-place finishes.
Klarer was part of a strong showing for the Wave in the 1,000-meter run, as he took second in 2:46.30, a step ahead of teammate Griffin Ott, who was third in 2:46.46. Philip Johnson was 14th (3:14.89). Klarer and Ott were not far off the lead, as Ludlowe’s Ian Bartlee won in 2:44.78.
In the 1,600-meter run, Klarer was fourth (4:46.79) with Ott 10th (5:07.93); and in the 3,200-meter run, Klarer was ninth (10:42.11), with Lucas Madriaga 11th (10:55.84).
Klarer’s silver medal in the 1,000 was one of three second-place finishes for Darien.
In the 600-meter run, Oliver Knight was second in 1:33.74, trailing only Warde’s Alex Mocarski, who finished in 1:29.70. Austin Hagander was fifth for the Wave in 1:35.69.
Cameron Raia took second place in the long jump at 18 feet, 8.25 inches. He led a group of four Wave jumpers who finished in the top 12 in that event. Hendrik Vossler was fifth (17 feet, 7 inches), Nick Balenzano was eighth (17 feet, 0.75 inch), and Alex Armstrong was 12th (16 feet, 3 inches).
In the pole vault, Vossler was third (11 feet, 6 inches), followed by Aiden Hills in fifth (10 feet), and Armstrong in ninth (9 feet).
In the high jump, Kayin Chisolm was third and Ryan Eppley was fifth, both at 5 feet, 8 inches, and Raia was 10th at 5 feet, 4 inches.
Michael Neary led the Wave in the shot put, finishing third at 45 feet, 2 inches. Robert Keeney was fifth (41 feet, 5 inches) and Chisolm was sixth (39 feet, 6.5 inches).
Chisolm was also sixth in the 45-meter hurdles in 7.69 seconds.
Darien relays were also strong.
The 4x375 team had the top showing, as Hagander, Ken Klarer, Jack Holly and Knight were third in 3:42.44. Hagander, Raia, Ken Klarer, and Holly were fourth in the 4x225 relay in 2:02.44.
The 4x750 team of Christian Meier, Philip Johnson, Madariaga and Matthew Guttuso (9:06.54), and the sprint medley team of Holly, Eppley, Connor Sullivan, and Knight (4:03.15) were both sixth.