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Darien Girls Win League Track Title

DARIEN, Conn. – Darien’s girls track and field team picked up its first league title since 2008 on Tuesday at Danbury High School. And with sophomore Catherine Lacy around for the next few years, coach Steve Norris has a standout athlete to lead future teams.

Lacy won the high jump and the long jump and added a third-place finish in the 200. She was one of many bright spots for Darien, which piled up 115 points. Greenwich finished second with 90, followed by three-time defending champion Danbury (88.5) and Staples (74.5).

Darien’s boys finished fourth with 55.5 points. Staples boys won the league title with 147.5 points.

Lacy cleared 5-2 to win the high jump, and her jump of 16-7 ½ took the long jump. Darien scored a ton of points in the jumps, as freshman Maddie Schneider won the triple jump and took third in the pole vault. Jessica Thornbury (pole vault) and Leah Hotchkiss (high jump) also picked up points in the jumps. Victoria Kominek added points in the javelin.

The Blue Wave, who finished undefeated during the dual meet season, did not win an event on the track. They had several noteworthy performances, however, led by Lacy’s third-place in the 200.

Darien also took third in the 4 x 800 meter relay with Sarah Colon, Elisabeth Lowe, McKinley Stauffer and Katie Donovan. The 4 x 100 was fifth, and the 4 x 400 was sixth.

Schneider added a third in the 100-meter hurdles, and Grace Loh was third in the 1,600 and 800. Anne Johnston shaved nine seconds off her seeded time and finished fourth in the 3,200.

Darien’s boys did not win any events but had several outstanding performances. Matt Pik grabbed second in the 400 and ran a leg on the fifth place 4 x 100 relay. He also anchored the third lace 4 x 400 relay. Nicholas Lombardo added a third in the long jump, while Harlan Smith (third in the triple jump), Will Lochtefeld (third in the discus and fourth in the shot put) also picked up points in field events.

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