Darien boys track team claims fourth at FCIACs
Published 12:38 pm, Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Led by standout junior Nick Lombardo, the Darien boys track team placed fourth at the FCIAC Championship with 64 points on Tuesday.
Lombardo did something no other individual in the boys meet did -- win three individual events. Lombardo first captured the long jump with a mark of 22-3.25, a full foot better than the next athlete. Next, Lombardo found himself trailing Kahlil Smith of St. Joseph. Smith jumped 44-8 to pass Lombardo's leading mark of 44-7. On his final jump of the competition, Lombardo uncorked a mark of 45-1.5 to win. Finally, Lombardo took high jump at 6-2, the only competitor to clear the height.
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"Nick is rock solid," Darien coach Tyson Kaczmarek said. "He had a big load on his plate today and stepped up. He will be significantly challenged at states. He will face some of the best athletes in the state at that meet. This was a good test for him."
Lombardo won the long jump and high jump at the FCIAC Indoor Championship.
Joining Lombardo in racking up points in the jumps was Patrick Reilly, who placed fourth in high jump at 5-10 and sixth in triple jump at 41-0.25.
"Patrick has had an awesome year," Kaczmarek said. "He has never long or triple jumped in his career until this season. He has provided us with a major boost all year."
Also garnering big points in the field were Spencer McKeough and Will Lochtefeld. Both threw 46-11 in shot put to take third and fourth, respectively. McKeough was sixth in discus and Lochtefeld was seventh in 121-1 and 121-0, respectively.
Marshall Huffman placed third in the 3,200 in 9:50.03, while Brian Davey was seventh in the 1,600 in 4:30.51. The 4 x 400 team of Will Ardery, Judson Bergman, Davey and James Farrington were seventh in 3:37.39.
"We are looking forward to states," Kaczmarek said. "We have not been 100 percent at any point this year. We should have a good showing at that meet though despite everything that has happened this year."