Mean in '17: Improved Wave ready to go the distance, and fast
“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
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.
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