The Darien boys cross country team placed second at the FCIAC championships on Thursday, accumulating 59 points to finish behind Ridgefield's 27.
"We are in great shape for the rest of the postseason. This is right around where we thought we would be. We're still getting better that's for sure," Kaczmarkek said. "States is going to be a war. Hall High School is a solid team. They are getting better each week. We have to be prepared for them."
Following Ostberg were Armstrong Noonan (ninth, 16:13) and Colten Appleby (11th, 16:18). Brian Davey was 17th in 16:32 and Marshall Huffman was 20th in 16:47. Rounding out Darien's top seven runners were Peter Kreuch (26th, 17:00) and Ben Olsen (29th, 17:02).
"We talked earlier in the week about placing five guys in the top 20. We felt we had to do that in order to have a chance and we did," Darien coach Tyson Kaczmarek said. "Ridgefield put five in the top 10. They ran an incredible race. You have to tip your cap to them."
Ridgefield's 27 points represented the second lowest score ever at the FCIAC Championship meet.
"Alex was awesome today. He has not been healthy for the FCIAC championship in his first two years on the team," Kaczmarek said. "We finally saw what he is capable of and just how good of a runner he is."
Ostberg was slowed freshman year by a sprained ankle. In his sophomore season, he broke his fibula in the FCIAC championship race.
Notes: Ostberg, Noonan and Appleby earned All-FCIAC First Team honors... Davey, Huffman, Kreuch and Olsen earned All-FCIAC Second Team Honors... The meet featured four of the top 10 teams in the state: Darien (No. 1), Danbury (No. 2), Ridgefield (No. 4) and Staples (No. 6)... Ostberg, Noonan and Appleby all broke the school record for the new FCIAC course set by Marshall Huffman in 2012 at 16:23... Ostberg also broke the course record of 15:23 set by Henry Wynne of Staples in 2012... Darien has finished second in the FCIAC Championship meet in seven of the last nine years... Darien placed first in the FCIAC East for the seventh straight season.