Wave by the Numbers: Track stars rise in the East, and a deadlock on ice
The Darien High School indoor track and field teams made a fine showing at the FCIAC East championships Saturday at the Nicholas Zeoli Field House in Wilton, and this week’s Wave by the Numbers takes a look at some of the key times and stats from that meet. Moving from the track, we’ll also touch base with the girls ice hockey team, which played to a deadlock with rival New Canaan on Saturday.
Winning time in the 1,000-meter run for Darien freshman Mairead Clas, who took the gold medal in the event at the FCIAC East championships. Clase edged Ludlowe’s Madeline Ruggerio for the top spot, as Ruggerio finished in 3:17.21.
Time for the Blue Wave’s 4x375 relay team, which closed out the FCIAC East meet with a first-place finish. That team included sophomore Charlotte Sulger, freshman Alexis Lyons, junior Suzanna Alliegro, and sophomore Chelsi Chevannes. Their win over New Canaan (4:14.29) secured second place in the team standings for Darien.
Winning time for Darien’s sprint medley relay team of senior Daphne Cutler, junior Brianna Lyons, sophomore Katie Chandler, and Clas. They edged Ludlowe (4:26.68) for the top spot.
Place finish the Darien girls indoor track and field team at the FCIAC East track and field championships on Saturday. The Wave scored 92 points, edging rival New Canaan, which scored 90 to take third place. Ludlowe won the title with 114 points.
Place finish for the Darien boys indoor track and field team at the FCIAC East track and field championships. The Wave scored 59 points.
Feet in the high jump for Darien’s Ryan Eppley, who won an FCIAC East championship Saturday in Wilton. A senior, Eppley took the top spot over two Ludlowe Falcons, each of whom hit 5 feet, 10 inches.
Top three finishes for Wave junior Jack Holley at the East track meet. He was second in the 300-meter dash (39.41) and third in the 600-meter run (1:32.25), and also ran the first leg of the 4x375 relay, which finished third in 3:39.17. That team also featured senior Pierce Hoyda, freshman Shishir Sangaru, and senior Tyler Herget.
Score of Darien’s girls ice hockey game against rival New Canaan on Saturday at the Darien Ice House. The Rams’ Courtney O’Connell scored with an assist from Anika Curri in the second period, but Darien’s Colleen Cassidy tied the game in the third period, before the teams went scoreless in an eight-minute overtime.
Seconds remaining when Cassidy scored her tying goal against New Canaan. The Wave was outshot 29-19 overall, but the teams were even at 9-9 in the third frame.
Saves for Darien goalie Hallie Kreppein against New Canaan on Saturday. Kreppein allowed only one goal on a rebound with 2:01 remaining in the second period, and then kept the Rams in check for the next 25 minutes as the rivals skated to a 1-1 tie.
Overall record of the Darien girls ice hockey team through 14 games. The Wave is in second place in the FCIAC standings and is third in the state rankings with six games remaining.