Darien runners look for postseason consistency at FCIAC championships
Darien has high hopes to put its inconsistent regular season behind it today when the squad hits the trail for the annual FCIAC Championships at Waveny Park in neighboring New Canaan.
According to longtime boys cross country coach Tysen Kaczamarek, his Wave team is finally running at full strength — injury free and physically strong — meaning that the 7-8 regular season against FCIAC East opponents should not be considered a barometer for the conference battle.
“We have had an up-and-down year,” said Kaczamarek. “Coming into the season, we had seven, eight of the top nine guys from last year returning, so I thought we would have a solid record. But we ended up inconsistent, for a variety of reasons … injuries, the weather keeping us from getting into a regular routine.
“But, going into the FCIACs, we should be running with a full complement of guys,” added Kaczamarek. “We have to be mentally tough if we are going to make a run [in FCIACs]. What we, as a team, have always been is overachievers, Three-fourths of the time, we have been overachievers, but for that to happen this year, we really need to be mentally tough.”
Leading the way, according Kaczamarek, is junior Cormac Brown, the team’s No. 1 runner, who the coach believes can finish around 16:30, which should land him between 15th and 20th place overall.
Kaczamarek said that sophomore Lucas Madariaga should also be in that time range, around 17:00, as should Will Bouton (projected at less than 17:30) and junior Matt Guttuso (projected in the low 18:00s). Kaczamarek also identified fellow senior Spencer Smith, who the coach said has had a “strong second half and will look continue that at FCIACs.”
Kaczamarek said with the roster finally at full strength, he foresees an impressive conference championship performance.
“I expect all our top guys to have season-best performances,” said Kaczamarek.