DANBURY >> With two track events, and a few field events left to score, Tuesday’s FCIAC Championships were postponed due to weather. Thunder and lightning delayed the meet, which was rescheduled until Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. at Danbury High.
Through 15 events in the girls, Darien led with 103 points. Defending champion Staples was in second place with 87 points.
On the boys’ side, Danbury was leading with 131 points, while Ridgefield had 107 through 16 events.
In almost a repeat of last year’s FCIAC Championships, Tuesday afternoon quickly turned into another battle between the Staples and Darien girls.
The Wreckers had a balanced effort as Olivia Wiener took second in the javelin (121-08) and second in the 300 hurdles (47.58).
“We were expecting that out of Olivia,” Staples girls’ head coach Jesse McCray said.
Added Wiener: “I was seeded second, (but) I was a little disappointed with my throw.”
Wiener, who is one of the smaller throwers in the state and FCIAC, said she utilizes a speed run up, which is one of her strengths in the event.
Staples got a somewhat unexpected effort in the jumps, as Elizabeth Knoll was second in the high jump (5-04) and finished fourth in the long jump. Bridget van Dorsten won the high jump (5-04) and had a Top six finish in the girls, with a leap of 34-02. Both the high and triple marks were personal records for her.
“The results in the long jump and triple jump, they were really unexpected,” Staples girls’ head coach Jesse McCray said. “Elizabeth seeded at 15-feet and she jumped 16-05, and Bridget 34-feet (triple).”
Added van Dorsten: “I cleared 5-02 on my first attempt, and I was just excited. I didn’t leave anything in the tank. I’ve never cleared 5-04 before and I’ve been waiting all season for it.”
In the 800, Staples’ Erica Hefnawy captured second (2:16.72), while Tyler Scanlin was fourth.
The 4×100 finished in third, while sophomore distance runner Hannah DeBalsi took second in the 1,600 (4:49.27) and 3,200 (10:39.19). DeBalsi’s time in the 1,600 was a career personal record.
DeBalsi was edged out by Westhill’s Claire Howlett who set a meet record in 4:48.19 for the 1,600.
The two ran the entire race together as DeBalsi held a slight lead. Howlett surged ahead on the last leg of the straightaway to win.
Howlett’s winning time in the 3,200 was 10:32.76.
Fairfield Ludlowe had a great day on the track led by Emma Koether and Rachel Hurst who went one-two in the 400, while Olivia Auray finished in fifth in the 100 hurdles.
Fairfield Warde’s Rachel Maltz was third in the javelin (109-01) and Cate Allen captured third in the 1,600 (5:00.45) and 3,200 (10:57.11).
On the boys’ side, Staples’ Robert Jacowleff ran a blistering time of 39.35 for first place in the 300 hurdles, and placed third in the 110 meter hurdles (15.54); both of which were personal records.
“I had been training for this meet for a while so I was looking for a big PR, but very happy with how I did,” Jacowleff said. “I wasn’t expecting to go that fast. And it’s great to win FCIACs.”
Jacowleff, who was seeded first in the 300, shaved off nearly a second from his time to win.
“Recently at practice I’ve been working on conditioning and getting more distance every day and it really helped; toward the end when you usually die off, I was able to stay strong through the finish,” he said.
At the end of Tuesday’ meet, Staples was in sixth place through 16 events.