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Darien's Ostberg sets state record in 3200 meters

Alex Ostberg, a junior at Darien High School, broke the Connecticut high school state record for the 3200-meter race last Friday at the Loucks Games meet in White Plains, N.Y. He placed second in the race with a time of 8:52.64, besting Chad Bendtsen's previous Connecticut record of 8:58:16 in 2010.

"Alex had an absolutely sensational run," said Darien boys track coach Tyson Kaczmarek "He closed extremely fast. I know there is still probably more in the tank in that race for him. Running-wise, he is on fire right now. We are in the middle of his training phase, so this is an excellent sign."

Ostberg's performance also shattered previous school and FCIAC records. Last year, the Wave's top distance runner set Darien's all-time best in the 3200 at 9:12.74. His new time currently stands as the ninth-best high school mark in the country, thus qualifying him to compete in the 5000-meter and two-mile races at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals.

Last Saturday, Ostberg returned to help Darien's 4 x 800 relay team place fifth in the same meet with a time of 7:59.60 that qualified it for the Emerging Elite 4 x 800 race at nationals. Joining Ostberg were Peter Kreuch, Armstrong Noonan and Arthur Cassidy.

Earlier in the day, Noonan, a sophomore, set the Darien High School record in the one-mile with a time of 4:19.66, breaking the old record set of 4:19.7 set by Pat Jackson in 1978. Noonan broke Jackson's indoor one-mile record during the winter season.

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