Wave on the comeback trail
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
Darien is back with strength in numbers.
By midseason we expect to be able to hold our own against most everybody.
— Steve Norris
“We are carrying 75 members,” said Wave girls cross country coach Steve Norris. “Last year’s varsity runners will be pushed hard by newcomers.”
Wave captains are Emilia Callery, Kimmy Olvany, Carson Halabi, KC Grady.
“By midseason we expect to be able to hold our own against most everybody,” said Norris.
Norris is assisted in coaching by Jane Ott.
The Wave went 6-9 last season, coming in 11th at FCIACs, 14th at the Class L meet.
Graduation losses include Ali Barnard, a Second Team All-FCIAC runner and four seasons on varsity, and Mary Lawrence Huffman, who ran varsity for three seasons.
Callery is Second Team All-FCIAC; Olvany a member of the Class L indoor track 4x800 relay team champions; Halabi an 800 and 400-meters specialist; and Grady the FCIAC and state meet placer in 100-meters.
Other impact athletes
Sammie Grimm: 3200 meter track specialist
Kara O’Rourke: three year varsity runner
Penn Boucher: track 400 meter specialist
Sophie Hill: two year varsity runner
Amalia Madariaga: 800 meter runner
Marley Garfield: track runner, new to cross country
Sarah Gallagher, Kelly Richter, Lily Johnston
“In the FCIAC East we expect strong competition from Ludlowe, New Canaan and Wilton,” Norris said. “The FCIAC Western division teams should (see) Ridgefield and Greenwich dominate.”
9/16 Wilton Invitational 9:30am
9/23 Ocean State Invite, Goddard Park, RI 10:20am
10/3 at Danbury; Brien McMahon, Stamford 4pm