Preview: boys track
Published 1:01 am, Thursday, April 15, 2010
The Darien boys track and field team enjoyed another strong season last year, placing second in the FCIAC Eastern Division behind juggernaut Danbury, sixth overall in the FCIAC Championship and third in the Class MM Championship.
And while the program waved goodbye to several crucial graduating contributors, there remains a plethora of talent on hand for another spirited run this spring campaign.
Ready to return off an injury suffered during the indoor season, senior captain Jake McCauley is eager to make his presence felt. McCauley is a seasoned veteran who excels in both the 1,600- and the 3,200-meter events.
Fellow captain Stockton McMullin co-spearheads the field unit for the Blue Wave, as the senior standout is fresh off an FCIAC championship in the indoor long jump competition. In addition, look for McMullin to excel in the triple jump event, while also providing Darien with a viable threat in the sprinting events.
Kevin Keller (All-State and All-New England indoors) had a remarkable indoor campaign, smashing five school records to pieces along the way. Keller should be a force in the long jump, triple jump and 400 event. The bottom line is that Keller and McMullin combine to form a lethal duo in the jumping aspect of the program. They've been huge for Darien their entire careers; this is their curtain call.
"I really think the team's strength will be the jumpers," said seventh-year head coach Tyson Kaczmarek. "Kevin and Stockton will both lead this team. Both guys cracked the 21-feet mark for the first time indoors, and each added over one foot to the personal best from last year."
Brent Eppley will bring his outstanding jumping to the forefront once more, and the senior captain will also be utilized in the 100, 200, 4 x 100 and triple jump. In the hurdles and sprint events, captain Sean Gill will be a vital member of the Blue Wave team. Already the team's best hurdler, Gill possesses much improved leg speed from a season ago, according to Kaczmarek, and is also poised to contribute in the 4 x 400 event.
In shot put and discus, look for captain Walker McKeough to continue his ascension up the statewide ranks. Coming off an all-state indoor effort, junior Peter McDonough brings a wealth of potential to the 200 and 400. Meanwhile, John Conley will take his all-conference cross country and indoor resume to the track.
Seniors Alex Reynosa should be the top middle distance competitor for the Blue Wave, while classmate Jack Bushell will make his mark in the 200 and 400 events this coming season.Other additions have arrived via several Blue Wave athletic teams, with the newcomers poised to work to make their own marks within this always-strong Darien program. Add some new promising athletes to a strong returning mix of core veterans, and the makings of a highly successful spring campaign are indeed in place.
"We have the potential to be a very, very good team, but we want to take it one meet at a time" Kaczmarek said. "We are a little inexperienced in places, but that can be a good thing sometimes. I think we can have a monster season if things fall into place. I am really excited to see what this team is capable of."