It was a pretty good day for the Blue Wave track teams in the FCIAC championships at Danbury High School Tuesday. The boys team finished fourth overall, behind big winners Danbury and runners-up Staples and Trumbull. The girls came in second, only finishing behind the host Hatters.
In individual events, there were plenty of impressive performances. John Conley and Jake McCauley had strong times in the distance runs, both with top-six times in each event. Conley took second in the 3200 meter run with a time of 9:46.40 and third in the 1600 at 4:32.06. He finished just behind his teammate McCauley in the shorter race, who came in second at 4:30.55, and finished sixth in the 3200 with a time of 9:57.15.
The long jump was another big event for the boys, with three of the top four finishers. Kevin Keller came in second with a jump of 21 feet, 9.25 inches, followed by Stockton McMullin at 20 feet, 10.25 inches and Brent Eppley with 19 feet, 10.25 inches. The three also had good results in the triple jump, with Keller placing third, McMullin in second, and Eppley in eighth.
The girls team had first-place finishers in three events, and top-five placing in many others. Robin Bone was one of the Blue Waves top performers, with first place in both the 100 meter hurdles (15.30 seconds) and the pole vault, where her FCIAC record-breaking mark was more than three feet higher than her closest competitor at 12 feet, 6.25 inches. Bone also placed third in the triple jump. Another great performer was Christy Gasparino, who took home top honors in the high jump and edged Bone for second in the triple jump.
There were also a handful of third-place finishes for the Blue Wave girls, including the 4-x-100 meter relay team, Alex Iqbal in the 300 meter hurdles (49.53 seconds) and Meredith Jordan in the 200 meter dash (26.73). Dariens most impressive event was the pole vault, with the top three finishers and five of the top seven. Behind Bones dominant win, Elizabeth Crafford and Lee Bolton rounded out the top three, while Charlotte Phillips and Katie Southworth came in sixth and seventh, respectively.
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