BOYS TRACK

They’re ready.

“Last year we were relatively inexperienced,” said Wave boys’ track coach Tyson Kaczmarek. “We return a lot of experience this year. This should bode well for us.”

The upside is tremendous.

— Tyson Kaczmarek

Darien went 6-2 last season, finished second in the FCIAC East, eighth at FCIACs, third in Class L and 25th in the state open.

What the Wave, is ready for, is to climb.

“We are really high on the distance crew,” said Kaczmarek, in his 14th season coaching Darien. “The upside is tremendous. But, Alex Klarer has the chance to have a monster season.”

Top returners/Coach's call

Sr. Jason Flynn – versatile middle distance runner, can run anything from the 400 to the 1600

Jr. Henry Vossler – elite vaulter in CT, will be a threat to break the school record

Sr. Capt. James Johnson – Excellent XC and indoor seasons, is ready to continue to roll

Sr. Capt. Keenan Warble – became a leader on the team, should have an excellent spring season

Sr. James Fay – another versatile middle-distance runner, can cover anything from the 400 to 1600

Jr. Ari Singer-Freeman – one of the top sprinters on the team

Sr. Capt. Jimmy Conroy – anchor of the distance squad

Sr. Capt. Ted Woll – versatile – can pole vault, hurdle and sprint

Jr. Alex Klarer – will explode as a distance runner this season

Jr. Griffin Ott – solid distance runner

Sr. Kyle Fisher – one of the best javelin throwers in New England, will look to qualify for Nationals.

Jr. Mike Neary – top thrower on the team, will look to improve on his huge indoor season

Key additions

Sr. Jackson Huffman – distance

So. Griffin Ott – distance

Jr. Kenneth Klarer – hurdles

Jr. Charlie Zuro – throws

Jr. Bobby Keeney – throws

Jr. Carr Noonan – multi-events

Fr. Jack Holly – sprints

So. Kieran Daly – pole vault

Jr. Oliver Knight – distance

Jr. Austin Hagander – javelin/mid-distance

Jr. Reid Budd – throws

“Strengths will hopefully be able to carry (us) to solid performances,” said Kaczmarek.

The distance runners are looking to continue to anchor the team. Captains Keenan Warble and James Johnson will lead the group.

“Johnson has tremendous range from 400 to the 3200, while Warble specializes in the 400 to 800,” Kaczmarek added. “They will be joined by James Fay and Jason Flynn who are returning from injuries during the winter season.”

Plus with three juniors, Griffin Ott, Klarer and Oliver Knight, and senior captain Jimmy Conroy, Darien has events more than covered.

Pole vault will also be a strength with Henry Vossler one of the best juniors in the state. He should return to form after an injury slowed his indoor season.

Add in senior captain Ted Woll, junior Carr Noonan and sophomore Kieran Daly, and the depth is there, Kaczmarek is confident.

Mike Neary returns as the team’s best shot put and discus thrower.

Neary just missed making states in both events last year and has already added feet to his previous personal best in the winter.

He is joined by Charlie Zuro and Bobby Keeney.

Kyle Fisher returns as Darien’s top javelin thrower. Fisher placed at the state open and qualified for New Englands and Nationals.

“Fisher put on some serious size,” said Kaczmarek. “He will be a beast in javelin.”

Fisher is joined by juniors Austin Hagander and Reid Budd.

Junior Ari Singer-Freeman leads the hurdlers, joined by Woll and junior Kenneth Klarer and will also double with sprinting duties.

Schedule

4/4 Greenwich Home 4:00 p.m.

4/18 Staples Away 4:00 p.m.

4/25 St. Joseph, Norwalk Away 4:00 p.m.

4/28 O'Grady Relays at Danbury 6:00 p.m.

4/29 O'Grady Relays at Danbury HS 9:00 a.m.

5/2 Wilton, Fairfield Warde Home 4:00 p.m.

5/5 Amity HS Midnight Meet, Woodbridge TBA

5/9 McMahon, Fairfield Ludlowe Home 4:00 p.m.

5/16 New Canaan Away 4:00 p.m.