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Wave girls track races by undefeated Warde, St. Joe's

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Darien girls track runners finish the 100-meter dash Monday in a home meet against Fairfield Warde and St. Joseph

Meet perhaps the most dominant Darien team of all, which you haven't heard a peep from:

Blue Wave girls track.

Lost amid all the headlines stolen by undefeated boys lacrosse, Darien outdoor track and field athletes have proven to be every bit as much of a force this spring, losing one meet between both the boys and girls squads. The latest piece of evidence came Monday, when the Wave girls downed previously unbeaten Fairfield Warde and FCIAC foe St. Joseph in a three-way conference meet. Darien (4-0) topped the Mustangs 93-52 and handled the Cadets by 46 points to win the FCIAC East division with still one meet remaining.

While the Wave was hampered by the absence of a few key distance runners, it still managed to stake a convincing victory with multiple field event wins.

"We were without Anna Sulger, who's got a sore leg after running an FCIAC-record 400 on Saturday," Darien coach Steve Norris said. "But the other people who have scored all along for us were just fine today."

Captain Taylor McDonald won all three throwing events, punctuated by a 92-foot throw in the javelin. She took first-place in the discus by greater than 15 feet and out-threw three separate St. Joseph shot putters with a long toss of 31 feet.

On the track, Catherine Lacy won the 200-meter in 26.3 seconds to go along with her rather easy victory in the long jump. She also came in third at the high jump, behind teammate Leah Hotchkiss, who earned the top finish on a five-foot leap.

Senior Cassidy Stauffer notched a personal best in the 400-meter by two full seconds at 63.1, a tremendous jump for the four-year Wave runner.

"She's been running eight seasons," Norris said. "So that's a huge breakthrough."

Maddie Schneider soared as high as 12-foot-three, as Darien handily claimed the top spots in the pole vault. Senior Jessica Thornbury took second, as did Schneider in the 100-hurdles. Later, Britanny Henry was the first to cross the finish line for the 100-meter dash, two-tenths of a second ahead of St. Joe's Mariah Provenzano.

Looking ahead, the Wave will host one more undefeated FCIAC club Monday in Staples for another three-way conference meet also involving Ridgefield. Racing the Wreckers projects to be Darien's toughest test, before it battles all of the best the conference has to offer in the FCIAC championships on Tuesday, May 27 in Danbury.

"We'll have a good idea after that meet with what's going to happen eight days later with the league meet," Norris said.

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