Darien High School's girls' outdoor track and field team, which came in second to Danbury in last year's FCIAC Championships, is striving to run, jump and throw its way to the top this spring.

"I have no doubt, we can definitely make a run at FCIACs and States," senior captain Charlotte Phillips said. "We have a huge team this year. We have so much talent -- a lot of new girls who are eager to try all of the events."

The girls went 11-1 last year. After the runner-up FCIAC finish, the Wave placed third in the Class L State Championships, behind Windsor and Simsbury, then came in seventh in the State Open.

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This year's talented squad is led by captains Alex Iqbal, a sprinter/hurdler who was third in the 300 hurdles in the FCIAC, Phillips a sprinter/jumper who placed fourth in the pole vault event in the Class L championships, Lee Bolton, a vaulter who was second in Class L, Megan Keane first in the 1,000 in Class L and thrower Caroline Kapustynski.

Other key individuals include seniors Julia Boulton, distance runner, Elizabeth Crafford, indoor Class L pole vault champion, Sarah Dailey, high jumper, Amanda Dobler, first team All FCIAC cross country and Katie Kirkman, long/triple jumper.

Juniors whom coach Stever Norris expects big things from include sprinter Lexi Ashburne, sprinter Livy Ashburne, distance runner Catie Bartone, thrower Elizabeth Benitez, sprinter Katie Close, distance runner Emma Davis, 400/800m runner Katie Donovan, 400m runner Claire Gaffney, sprinter Sherry Gilronan, javelin thrower Victoria Kominek, discus and shot putter Natalie Metz, distance runner Alex Pear, vaulter Katie Southworth, shot putter Niya Wright and distance runner Leslie Yuen.

Key sophomores are distance runners Jenny Bealle, Sarah Colon, Katie Farren, Grace Loh and Caroline Weihs. Also, sprinter Sophie Long, jumper Eleanor Smith and thrower Brittany Tiano.

Freshman Catherine Lacy, indoor Class L high jump champion, is also expected to be a strong performer.