Darien boys track team turns in solid performance in multi-team meet
Updated 3:18 pm, Thursday, January 19, 2012
The Darien boys indoor track team continued its strong midseason push toward the FCIAC Championships with another solid performance in an FCIAC Qualifying Meet on Saturday at Staples High School against Fairfield Ludlowe, Greenwich, Harding, Stamford and New Canaan. Darien's talent and depth was on full display across the field and sprinting events.
Highlights of the meet included first place finishes for the Blue Wave in the pole vault, the 4x240 sprint relay, the 300-meter dash and a win and tie for second in the 50-meter dash.
Senior pole vaulter Windsor Hall took first place with his 10-6.00 jump, a full foot higher than the second place finisher. Senior Will DeRocco and sophomore J.T. Fucigna placed third and fourth with identical 9-00.00 jumps. Darien's 4x240 team finished first in 2:03.10.
Darien swept the 300-meter dash, with runners coming in first, second and fourth: Spencer McMullin won in 38.8 seconds, Elliot Helgans came in second in 39.1 and sophomore Nicholas Lombardo finished fourth in 39.5 seconds.
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Senior Billy Siemers finished fifth in the 600-meter dash with a time of 1:34.7. The Blue Wave also dominated the 50-meter dash, with Bryan Previte winning in 6.1 seconds, while teammates Lombardo and Eppley tied for second in 6.2 seconds. Lombardo continued his standout performance by winning the high jump (5-10); teammate Patrick McDonald placed fourth with a 5-8.00 jump and Patrick Reilly was seventh at 5-4.00.
The Blue Wave also performed well in distance events, with Sean Lee placing third in the 1,000-meter race in 3:00.1. Peter Kreuch was second in the 1600 in 4:54.9 and Ben Olsen was third in 4:55.3.
"We are having some great performances," Darien coach Tyson Kaczmarek said. "We feel good about what we have accomplished so far. We are incredibly deep as a team."
The team's next meet is slated for 4 p.m. on Saturday at Staples High School. Darien squares off against FCIAC foes Stamford, Brien McMahon, Bassick, Norwalk and Trumbull.