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Darien rolls; Wreckers take third

Staples takes third place with 48 points
Updated 4:13 pm, Tuesday, February 5, 2013

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  • Stamford's Jessica Stietzel competes in the high jump event during FCIAC Indoor Track and Field Championships in New Haven, Conn. on Thursday January 18, 2013. Photo: Christian Abraham / Connecticut Post
    Stamford's Jessica Stietzel competes in the high jump event during FCIAC Indoor Track and Field Championships in New Haven, Conn. on Thursday January 18, 2013. Photo: Christian Abraham

 

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There was no stopping the Darien High girls indoor track and field team on Thursday night.

The Blue Wave took first place in seven of the 15 events for a dominating victory at the FCIAC championships at Hillhouse High School in New Haven. Darien won with 116 points. Ridgefield won a fierce battle for second with 50 points, followed by Staples with 48, Wilton with 44.5 and Greenwich with 44.

"We have a lot of experienced kids who can deal with issues that come up and don't get flustered, and know what it's all about," said longtime Darien coach Steve Norris. "Most of these people have been here before. They know where they ranked and they knew what they had to do."

For Staples, freshman Hannah DeBalsi finished second in 3,200 (10:50.41) and third in the 1,600 (5:06.35).

Tyler Scanlin took third in the 600 (1:37.76), while the Wreckers' 4x400 and 4x200 teams finished second and third, respectively.

Winners for Darien included Maddie Schneider in the pole vault, Grace Loh in the 1,000 meters, Leah Hotchkiss in the high jump, Dillon Schoen in the 600, Taylor McDonald in the shot put, Catherine Lacy in the long jump and the 4x200 relay team of Anna Sulger, Schneider, Elizabeth Fucigna and Schoen.

Wilton's Shannon Quinlan won two individual events, taking first in the 300 and the 55.

Darien opened the meet with a victory in the 4x200 relay with a time of 1:47.03.

Schneider, in particular, enjoyed a torrid start to the meet, winning gold medals in two of the first three events. Not only was she part of that winning Darien relay, but she also won the pole vault by clearing 10-feet-6.

Darien's Loh won the 1,000 in 3:03.76.

Darien extended its early lead by taking first and second in the high jump, the fifth event of the evening. Hotchkiss won, clearing 5-feet-2.

After 10 events, Darien had all but locked up the team title with a 69-point lead on the second-place team. That set up a battle for second place, with Staples, Ridgefield, Wilton, Danbury, Greenwich and Fairfield Warde separated by a mere eight points with five events remaining.

rgregory@newstimes.com