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Darien Girls Sweep, Finish Regular Season Unbeaten

DARIEN, Conn. – A highly anticipated clash between three of the top girls' track teams in the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference wasn’t much of a contest Monday at Darien High School.

The Blue Wave finished the dual meet season undefeated (11-0) by crushing previously unbeaten Fairfield Warde, 115-30, and Danbury, 93-52. Phenomenal sophomore Catherine Lacy led the way with four individual wins, taking the 100 and 200 along with the high jump and long jump.

The Hatters handed Darien its only dual-meet loss last season, winning all but one event. Darien turned the tables on the Hatters Monday, as the Blue Wave beat Danbury in every running event. Danbury’s only victories came in four field events.

“We were ready for them today,’’ Darien coach Steve Norris said. “We weren’t missing any body.”

Lacy had the biggest day for Darien, but she had a lot of support. Freshman Maddie Schneider added victories in both hurdles events. Anna Sulger, another freshman, anchored the winning 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 relays, coming from behind in the latter with a surge in the final 100 meters to give the Blue Wave a victory by three-tenths of a second against Danbury. Another freshman, Anne Johnston, ran a personal best in the 3,200. Her time of 11:39.7 is the third best in the conference this year.

Caroline Weihs won the 800, and Grace Loh finished second in the 800 and 1,600. Sulger also took second in a close race in the 400.

Monday’s resounding sweep proves the Blue Wave are ready for next week’s league championships. The Blue Wave won in 2008, but Danbury has won the last three years. Staples, which entered Monday undefeated, also will be among the contenders. Darien and Staples did not compete against each other in the dual-meet season.

“Greenwich and Staples could give us trouble in the FCIAC,’’ Norris said. “We’re going to have to be ready.”

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