Wave by the Numbers: Running wild, pool rivals, and volleyball stars
From the cross country course to the swimming pool, from the field hockey arena to the volleyball court, we’ve got a mixed bag of sports for this week’s Wave by the Numbers.
We’ll begin out West with some college cross country running before moving back home and indoors for a look at Darien’s red-hot volleyball team. Then it’s into the pool for a little swimming and diving before we take a quick look at some college field hockey and high school cross country to wrap things up.
Time over 8,000 meters for Stanford senior Alex Ostberg, who placed eighth at the Wisconsin Pre-National meet on Saturday. Ostberg, a 2015 graduate of Darien High School, competed with former teammate Armstrong Noonan, a member of the DHS Class of 2016 and a junior at Yale. Noonan, who has been dealing with a foot injury this season, was 237th in 27:25.
Consecutive FCIAC opponents defeated by the Darien volleyball team. The Wave, which picked up wins over playoff contenders Ludlowe, 3-2 on Friday, and New Canaan, 3-0 on Monday, has moved into third place in the league standings. Darien is 11-4 overall and 10-2 in the FCIAC.
Darien’s winning score in the final set during a wild 3-2 victory at Ludlowe last Friday. The Wave won the first two sets 26-24 and 25-21, but Ludlowe came back to tie the match by winning the next two frames 25-23 and 25-19. The score in the final set was 14-14 when Darien nailed it down with two straight points.
Winning score for the Darien swimming and diving team during its meet against rival New Canaan last Wednesday at the Darien YMCA. The Wave won eight events and led by 35 points before swimming the final two events as exhibitions. Darien is 5-1 this season.
Goals scored by Marissa Baker in the Middlebury field hockey team’s 11-1 victory over Wesleyan on Sunday. Baker, a junior midfielder, has six goals in the last five games. Middlebury is 13-0 and ranked No. 1 in the country.
Freshman Mairead Clas’s winning time over 4,400 meters during Darien’s final cross country dual meet on Oct. 9 at Staples High School. Clas has been the Wave’s lead runner this season, finishing in the top three at every dual meet and winning Darien’s last two races. She will be competing in her first FCIAC championship meet on Thursday in New Canaan’s Waveny Park.