Raia first in long jump at Reindeer Relays
BOYS INDOOR TRACK
Cameron Raia placed first with a long jump of 18-5 at the Reindeer Relays at Wilton High recently.
Raia also tied for fifth in high jump at 5-4.
Both jumps qualified for FCIACs.
Also qualifying for FCIAC was Kieran Daly (5-4) who tied for fifth with Raia.
Kayin Chisolm was second in high jump with a mark of 5-8 with the performance qualifying for FCIACs and Class L.
“We had a good first meet,” said Darien coach Tyson Kaczmarek. “We are rusty in a few places, but we just need a little bit of time.”
Darien next competed at the New Haven Invitational at Hillhouse HS.
Alex Klarer placed second in the 1600 in 4:40.01.
Griffin Ott was 11th in 4:51.39 and Jack O'Keeffe was 13th in 4:53.15.
Oliver Knight was 13th in the 600 in 1:31.51. Lucas Madariaga was third in the Freshmen 1600 in 5:08.09.
Klarer and Knight, qualified for FCIACs and States. Ott, and O'Keeffe qualified for FCIACs.
Darien was first in the FCIAC East Division and seventh at FCIACs last winter and came in 15th at the Class L meet.
Top Returning Athletes
Sr. Capt. Alex Klarer – Klarer has returned to the track after playing soccer in the fall. He is ready to build on a tremendous junior year.
Sr. Capt. Kayin Chisolm – outstanding pole vaulter and hurdler
Sr. Capt. Henry Vossler – excellent pole vaulter.
Sr. Capt. Kenneth Klarer – will help fill in relays tremendously
Sr. Griffin Ott – should be ready for a great track season
Sr. Oliver Knight – best middle distance runner on the team
Sr. Mike Neary – one of the best shot putters in the state
Other Key Athletes
Sr. Cody Boccuzzi – sprints
Sr. Austin Hagander – sprints
Sr. Will Harman – sprints
Sr. Bobby Keeney – throws
Sr. Cameron Raia – jumps, sprints
Sr. Connor Sullivan – jumps, sprints
Jr. Kieran Daly – pole vault, high jump
Jr. Ryan Eppley – jumps, sprints
Jr. Pierce Hoyda – sprints
Jr. Alan Hyatt – throws
Jr. Jack O’Keeffe – distance
Jr. Ryan Sullivan – throws
Jr. Max Wadley – pole vault
So. Alec Armstrong – pole vault
So. Aiden Hills – pole vault, sprints
So. Jack Holy – sprints
Fr. Lucas Madariaga – distance
Fr. Garrett Martin – sprints, jumps
While this is the indoor track and field season, it seems Darien is more of a field and track team this season, according to its coach.
“We definitely have strength in field events,” said Kaczmarek. “We are solid in all four areas.
“The area of greatest strength may very well be shot put with the return of Mike Neary, Bobby Keeney, and Ryan Sullivan.
“These guys are solid. They work hard. They are in the weight room and they compete. Every day. All three should be well over 40 feet this season. Neary could even throw 50 feet.”
Pole vault also provides great strength for the Blue Wave. Henry Vossler, Kayin Chisolm and Kieran Daly have all cleared 12 feet in previous seasons.
They are joined by a slew of talented underclassmen in Max Wadley, Aiden Hills and Alec Armstrong.
“Our vaulters are tremendous,” Kaczmarek said. “We have great depth in this area.
“Daly and Chisolm was also contribute in high jump along with Cameron Raia and Ryan Eppley. Vossler will join Raia, Eppley and Garrett Martin in long jump.
“We are at least four deep in all field events. We can’t ask for more than that.”
On the track, Darien is probably most deep in distance with seniors Griffin Ott, Alex Klarer and Oliver Knight can cover any event from the 600 to the 3200.
“The range our distance runners have is superb,” added Kaczmarek. “We can mix and match and move them around to match the competition we face.”
The sprinting group is led by Austin Hagander, Kenneth Klarer and Jack Holly.
“A lot of our field guys can carry over into the sprinting department. Overall, we have a lot of depth. We will need to be successful during championship season.”