Rising Darien senior Alex Ostberg, a standout cross country, indoor track and outdoor track distance runner, was named Darien's Sports Person of 2014 by the Fairfield County Sports Commission. Ostberg is among a group of athletes and coaches who will be recognized at the 10th annual Sports Night awards dinner on Monday, Oct. 20, at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich. Each Fairfield County town will be represented at the dinner, as well as the town of Newtown, by its honored athlete, coach or team.
This past spring, Ostberg won the 5,000-meter race at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals meet with the second-best time in meet history. His mark also broke the Connecticut, FCIAC and Darien High School all-time marks. Over the 2013-14 school year, Ostberg led the Blue Wave to state titles in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track.
Below are all of the 2014 Sports Persons of the Year, as dubbed by the Fairfield County Sports Commission.
Bridgeport- Central High boys' basketball team, Class LL state champions
DARIEN- Ostberg, Darien High runner, National 5,000-meter champion
EASTON- Chris Thomas, National Men's Masters Tri-athlete of the Year
FAIRFIELD- Christian Alvarado, Fairfield Prep runner, National 1-mile champion
GREENWICH- Austin Longi, Greenwich High football and track & field standout
MONROE- Tatum Buckley, Masuk High softball pitcher, Gatorade State Player of Year
NEW CANAAN- Max Pacioretty, U.S. Olympic hockey player, NHL standout
*NEWTOWN-Maura Fletcher, Newtown High girls' lacrosse, state coach of year
NORWALK- Cameron Wilson, NCAA individual golf champion
SHELTON- Division 10 Shelton Vikings cheer team, national champions
STAMFORD- Stamford Stars 12U softball team, New England champions
STRATFORD- Stratford Brakettes, undefeated national champion softball team
TRUMBULL- St. Joseph High boys' lacrosse team, Class S state champions
WESTON- Michael Carter, Weston Stadium Lights Committee/Weston Sports Commission
WESTPORT- Hannah DeBalsi, Staples High runner, National 2-mile champion
WILTON- Noah Farrell, Wilton High tennis player, 4-time Class L state champion
* new award this year
The Fairfield County Sports Commission is a non-profit organization with a mission of promoting fitness and personal development through sports. The Commission, with the exception of the executive director, is an all-volunteer group that gives financial support and its resources back to its communities, primarily focused on the 110,000 school age youngsters it can reach with its fitness awareness education programs under its Chelsea Cohen Fitness Academy.