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Cormac Brown ('20)

PRs: 800: 2:04.7, 1600: 4:31.96, 5k: 15:47.5

Favorite quote: "Don't be a baby" - Liz Blau

Favorite athlete: Craig Engels

Training shoe: Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35, New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v4

Racing shoe: Nike Zoom Matumbo 3

Favorite Pre-race meal: Apples, Bananas and pancakes 

Hype song: Symphony No. 9 “Ode to Joy” by Beethoven

Hobbies: Eagle Scout, Swimming, Frisbee

Individual goals: Break 15:10.00 in 5000m in outdoor, Win XC/Outdoor Track State opens, go to Northeastern’s, Get All American at New Balance Nationals

Team Goals: Make State Opens, have a 10 - 4 season 

In XC, Win FCIACS and Class L title in Outdoor

Nick Balenzano ('20)

Personal Bests: 100m: 11.18 // 200m: 23.7h // 55m: 6.71 // Long Jump: 21-5.5

School Records: 4x100m: 44.43 (Outdoor '19) // 800SMR 1:38.97 (Outdoor '19) // 60m Dash: 7.34 (Indoor '20)

Favorite Quote: “You come at the king, you best not miss” - Omar Little

Favorite Athlete: Usain Bolt, Kobe Bryant

Racing Shoe: Nike Zoom Rival S9

Favorite Pre-race meal: Smelling salts, Energy shots

Hype Song: Shotta Flow (feat. Blueface)

Hobbies: Flips, Video games, Sleeping

Individual Goals: Break the school record in 100m (11.14), Hit 22' in Long Jump, Run 23.0 in 200m, Qualify for New Balance Nationals Outdoor

Team Goals: Win FCIACs Division (Outdoor), Destroy New Canaan & Ridgefield

Advice for Freshmen: Do not let your size determine your ability to achieve greatness. Work with what was given to you and win some medals.

Austin Dehmel ('20)

PRs: 55m: 6.78 // 200m: 23.32 // 300m: 37.07 // 400m: 50.50

School records: 4x100m: 44.43 (Outdoor ‘19) // 800SMR: 1:38.97 (Outdoor ‘19) // 4x400m: 3:28.18 (Indoor ‘20)

Favorite quote: “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right” - Henry Ford

Favorite athlete: Jarvis Landry, RIP Kobe

Racing shoe: adidas Adizero Prime Finesse Running Spikes

Favorite pre-race meal: Smelling salts 

Hype songs: goosebumps, See Me Fall - Y2K Remix, Dreams and Nightmares

Other hobbies: Football, eating, traveling

Individual goals: 4x400m school record indoor (3:33.85), 400m school record outdoor (49.88), sub 23 200m

Team goals: Relays qualify for nattys, win FCIACs for Tyson, beat NC

A piece of advice for the freshman: Your future is hidden in your daily routine. All the runs, lifts, and training will pay off if you keep at it. And while you might not enjoy them in the moment, you won’t regret them. Set the bar high, the distance far, and the time low. Whatever it is, believe in yourself. In the end, only you and the man staring back at you in the mirror will know if you’ve cheated yourself. Don’t let that man down. Roll wave.

Jacob Grimm ('20)

Personal Bests: 600: 1:28.45 // 800: 2:03.87 // 1600: 4:53

Favorite Quote:

Favorite Athlete: Aaron Rodgers, Lionel Messi

Racing Shoe: Saucony Havok XC (I know they’re cross country shoes, but they nice)

Favorite Pre-race meal: Banana, PB+J, Cliff Energy Chews

Hype Song: Seven Nation Army, POWER

Hobbies: Soccer, Traveling, Eating

Individual Goals: Break 2:00 for 800m, Qualify for State Opens in 600m (indoor), Make New Balance Nationals with SMR 1600 squad

Team Goals: Win FCIAC East (Indoor),  Win FCIACs Division (Outdoor), Have as many guys make States, Opens, and Nationals as possible

Alec Armstrong ('20)

Personal Bests: 100: 11.85 // 200: 24.63 // 400: 53.9

Favorite Quote: "The dictionary is the only place where success comes before work" - Vince Lombardi

Favorite Athlete: Louis Zamperini

Racing Shoe: Nike Zoom Rival 9S

Favorite Pre-race meal: Vavalas’ Tony Cutlet Or Palmer's Chicken Noodle Soup

Pump-up song: Ultralight Beam by Kanye West

Hobbies: Hiking, Fire Fighting, Trumpet

Individual Goals: Sub 23.0 in the 200, Break 52 in the 400, Do well at State Opens and make New Englands with the 4x2 Squad

Team Goals: Win FCIAC Easts in Indoor, and win the FCIAC Title for Outdoor, always beating New Canaan

Advice for Freshmen: The only way to achieve your goals in track is by putting in the work. Even if it means 20 more pushups, one more 100m in practice, 5 more reps, or staying 20 minutes later after practice to practice blockwork. If you want something, no one is stopping you. It is fully up to you to achieve your goals with the guidance of your coaches and the support of your teammates.

Max Wadley ('19)

Aram Russel ('19)

Ryan Eppley ('19)

Colin Smith ('19)

Alex Klarer ('18)

Alex Dehmel ('18)

Griffin Ott ('18)

Henry Vossler ('18)

Kayin Chisolm ('18)

Kenneth Klarer ('18)

Scott Peters ('18)

James Johnson ('17)

Keenan Warble ('17)

Ted Woll ('17)

James Fay ('17)

Jason Flynn ('17)

Jason Gaaserud ('17)

Jimmy Conroy ('17)

Santosh Krishnan ('16)

Kenny Yamaguchi ('16)

Jack Consolini ('16)

Army Noonan ('16)

Armstrong Noonan

Personal Bests: 800: 1:57.1r // Mile: 4:12 // 3000: 8:35.34 // 2 Mile: 9:05.82 // 5000 XC: 15:35

Favorite Quotes: "Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time" - Thomas Edison
"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift" - Steve Prefontaine

Favorite Athlete: Galen Rupp

Training Shoe: Nike Air Zoom Pegasus

Racing Shoes: Nike Zoom Victory XC 3 (Cross Country) / Nike Zoom Victory Elite (Track)

Favorite Pre-race Meal: Pasta (Dinner), and Bagels (Breakfast) 

Other Hobbies: Mountain Biking, Skiing, Golf, Drums, Music

Individual Goals: Qualify for Footlocker XC Nationals in high school career, Break 4:10 in the mile, sub 9 3200, 1st Place All American DMR, Never settle, Never give up. 

Team Goals: As a team, I firmly believe that we have one of the most disciplined programs in Connecticut. It is my hope that we can continue to develop our cross country and Track programs. As long as the team is working hard every day in practice, we should be able to achieve these goals. More importantly, I want everyone to have a great time contributing small pieces of success to such an incredibly close group of athletes.

Advice for Freshman: HARD WORK WILL PAY OFF! No matter how tough of a sport running is, the results are ALWAYS rewarding. Remember, nobody ever regrets a workout after it's over. The key to success is hard work and a willingness to strive for your goals. Nothing will come easy but its always a bonus to stay positive, motivated, and happy. I've learned from experience that this sport has so much to offer for anyone at any skill level. In addition, I've made some of my best friends on this team, and I think you'll also find just how close the team becomes over time. 

Jack Murray ('16)

Personal Bests

100: 12.3 // 200: 24.0 // 400: 53.0 // 800: 2:03.1 // 1600: 4:38.3 // 3200: 10:28 // 5K: 16:56

Favorite Quote: “Do more”- Casey Neistat

Favorite Athletes: LeBron James, Usain Bolt

Training Shoe: Asics

Racing Shoe: Nike Zoom Victory XC3, Nike Zoom Victory Elite

Favorite Pre-race Meal: steak

Pump-up song: Legacy and Hey Brother

Other Hobbies: basketball, triathlon, chel

Individual Goals: qualify for FCIACs and states in as many events as possible, and drop a 4:30 in the mile

Team Goals: top 5 FCIACs, win class L, top 6 opens

Alex Ostberg ('15)

Personal Bests: 800: 1:55.9r // 1600: 4:06.52r // 2-mile: 8:43.93 // 5000: 14:16.61

Favorite Quote: "Today I'll do what others won't so tomorrow I'll do what others can't" 

Favorite Athlete: Galen Rupp

Training Shoe(s): Nike Zoom Aire Elite 7, Saucony Cortana 3

Racing Shoe: Nike XC Victory 3

Favorite Pre-race meal: Bagels, banana, pretzels and water

Pump-up song: Born to Rage 

Other hobbies: Post 53, Hiking, Golf

Individual Goals: Break 14 minute 5k Outdoor Track and win New Balance Nationals 

Team Goals: Win Class L and qualify for New Englands

A piece of advice for a freshman: If you want to be a great athlete, running becomes much more than just going for a 30 minute run ever day. It needs to become a lifestyle that you enjoy. Although it can be painful, the highs are exhilarating  and the lows are motivating. Work together with good training partners, ask questions, becomes a student of the sport, and set lofty goals. Remember that you're never too young to be a varsity contributor to the team. 


Arthur Cassidy ('15)

Arthur Cassidy 

Personal Bests: 800: 1:56.33r  // 1000m 2:37.74 // 1600:4:40 // 5000m 16:46

Favorite Quote: Do not fear death, fear not living fully. 

Favorite Athlete: Craig Alexander

Training Shoe(s): Nike 

Racing Shoe: Nike Victory xc Elite

Favorite Pre-race meal: Baked Ziti

Favorite Pump Up Song: Bangarang by Skrillex

Other hobbies: Skiing, Biking, Triathlon

Individual Goals: Encourage young members on team on daily basis, 1:53 800m

Team Goals: Win DMR at NB Nationals

Carter Ahcraft ('15)

Personal Bests:
 400: 51.91 // 600: 1:26.31 // 800: 2:06.80

Favorite Quote: “Success isn’t how far you got, but the distance you traveled from where you started.” –Steve Prefontaine

Favorite Athlete: Dave Wottle

Training Shoe(s): Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 31

Competition Shoe: Nike Victory XC 3

Favorite Pre-race meal: Lasagna 

Other hobbies: Cycling, Golf, Triathlons

Individual Goals:  49.xx 400m

Team Goals: Win NB Nationals DMR

A piece of advice for a freshman: The worst feeling is kno

Timmy Grozier ('15)

Personal Bests: 1000: 2:54.78 // 1600: 4:55.71 // 3200: 10:23.58 // 5000: 17:33

Favorite Quotes: "You need three things to win: discipline, hard work and, before everything maybe, commitment. No one will make it without those three. Sport teaches you that." - Haile Gebrselassie

Favorite Athlete: 
David Rudisha, Mo Farah, Haile Gebreselassie

Training Shoe: 
Saucony Glide 7

Racing Shoes: 
New Balance XC900

Favorite Pre-race Meal: 
Peanut butter and jelly sandwich and water

Other Hobbies: 
Watching races on youtube, history, video games.

Individual Goals: 
Stay healthy for a whole season! Break 10 minutes in the 2 mile.

Team Goals: 
Win FCIACs and Class Ls. Place well in State Opens.

Advice for Freshman: You need to run everyday! That should go without saying. Also, listening to your coaches and putting in the work in the gym are extremely important. Core, lifting, stretching are all extremely important aspects of becoming a great runner. Lastly, it’s good to begin to understand the subtleties of running aside from just running mileage and getting faster. Race strategy, eating right, and how to train are all key parts of winning that are sometimes overlooked when people talk about great runners. It’s not just talent, but hard work!

Mike O'Malley ('15)

Personal Bests:
 Shotput: 45-7 // 45m Dash: 5.99 // Long Jump: 17-9

Favorite Quote: When something bad happens you have three choices. You can either let it define you, let it destroy you or let it strengthen you.-Unknown  

Favorite Athlete: Mariano Rivera

Training Shoe: Nike

Competition Shoe: Nike

Favorite Pre-race meal: Cliff bar w/ water

Other hobbies: Baseball

Individual Goals: Place high during FCIAC and Class L meets, scoring points for the team

Team Goals: Winning Class L championship, FCIAC East, and FCIACs/developing the younger guys into great athletes

Advice: Don't take any reps off unless you really have to. You're only cheating yourself if you don't go hard for every rep

Brendan Triano ('15)

Name: Brendan Triano 

Personal Bests: 17:32 XC 5K // 10:33 3200

Favorite Quote: "Cowardice asks the question 'Is it safe?' Expediency asks the question 'Is it political?' But conscience asks the question, 'Is it right?' And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor political, nor popular but because conscience tells one it is right"- Martin Luther King Jr.

Favorite Athlete: Mo Farah

Training Shoe(s): Brooks Ghost or Brooks Launch

Racing Shoe: Nike Victory XC 

Favorite Pre-race meal: Wheaties and a banana

Other hobbies: Skiing, Post 53, Water Skiing

Individual Goals:16:30 5k

Team Goals: Win states, qualify for New Englands

A piece of advice for a freshman: Remember that for running, you get out what you put in

Marshall Huffman ('14)

Marshall Huffman 

Events: 800m, 1600m, 3200m, 5000m, 4x800

Personal Bests: 1600: 4:25 // 3200: 9:36.06 // 5000m: 15:39.58

# Track Season: Entering 9th Season

Honors: All-State, All FCIAC, FCIAC Scholar Athlete of the week

Favorite Quote: “Spectacular performance is always preceded by unspectacular preparation”

Favorite Professional athlete:

Favorite Training Shoe: Nike Flyknit Lunar 2

Favorite Racing Shoe: Nike Victory Elite 2

Entering his final track season, Marshall is determined to make it his best yet. Being a consistent contributor to the team since his sophomore year, Marshall has executed nearly flawless races under the tensest circumstances. He has competed strongly at 
both local and national meets. Most notably, this past season in indoor Marshall unleashed a furious kick in the 3200 to secure the Class L team title, yet for him it
 may have felt like déjà vu because he has secured many other team titles with the fate of the meet resting on his shoulders. Marshall is in the process of building off of a strong base of fitness from the winter and is hoping to lower his 3200 time to 9:18, and to improve his 5k to low
15’s. Marshall stresses that the team must maximize its potential and work hard until the end to achieve the lofty goals it has envisioned. He
says “The camaraderie and the correlation between work ethic and results is what draws me closer to the sport and keeps me motivated.” Aside from running, Marshal is an avid mountain biker, while he also enjoys skiing, camping and producing music. Look for Marshall Huffman to cap
 off his final season by putting an exclamation point on his already impressive accomplishments in his four years at DHS. 

Nick Lombardo ('14)

Nick Lombardo 

Events: Long Jump, High Jump, Triple Jump, 100m, 200m

Personal Bests: LJ:22-8 // HJ: 6-8 // TJ: 45-1 // 100: 10.9 // 200: 23.1

# Track Season: Entering 8th season

Honors: FCIAC player of the week, All-FCIAC, All-State, All-New England, All-American.

Favorite Quote: “He who says he can and he who says he can’t are both usually right”

Favorite Professional Athlete: Patrick Willis

As one of the most versatile athletes Darien High School has every seen, Nick looks to dominant the track and field events with his athletic prowess. In indoor track, Nick was decorated with the All-American honor after his 5th place finish at New Balance Indoor Nationals. Nick has a grand total of six school records in both running and jumping events in both indoor and outdoor track. Striving to be stronger, faster, and more agile, Nick will take his competitive drive and also channel it in the 100 and 200-meter dash, while continuing to add onto his jumping accolades. Nick has won the high jump, and long jump a total of 11 times at the FCIAC and Class L championships, a feat that no DHS track athlete has come close to. Nick, under the tutelage of Al Granite, joined the team as a freshman and has been motivated by seeing consistent improvements. Nick’s philosophy is simple: “Go big or go home.” He encourages the team to apply this mantra to the FCIAC and State level meets. Nick is an avid sports follower, and aside from track is also a star football player. With a work ethic that undoubtedly separates himself from the rest of the team, Nick gives the sport 100% of his effort every day. 

Peter Kreuch ('14)

Peter Kreuch

Events: 800m, 1600m, 3200m, 5000m, 4x800m

Personal Bests: 800: 2:01.5r // 1600: 4:36.99 // 3000: 9:13.69

# Track Season: 12

Honors: All-FCIAC, All-State

Favorite Quote: “To give anything lest than your best is to sacrifice the gift”

“Humans are made up of flesh blood, and a miracle fiber called courage”

Favorite Professional Athlete: Chris Solinsky, Chris Sharma (Rock climber)

Favorite Racing Shoe: Nike Zoom Victory 2, Nike Lunarglide 2

Entering his acclaimed 12th season as a DHS runner, Peter Kreuch is hungrier than ever to train harder and run faster. As a figurehead of the team, Peter is one of the most dedicated and personable captains the track team has ever seen. Coming off of indoor track, Peter feels like he was just scratching the surface with his newfound strength as a middle-distance runner. He has lofty goals of running breaking 4:30 for the 1600, as well as running below 1:59 in the 800. Team wise peter says, “Our team has the components to have a historic season. Let’s go out there and do it.” As a converted distance runner, Peter will contribute primarily on the 4x800, and 1600, but certainly has the ability to compete in the longer events. Peter notes that his journey from freshman year to this season has been punctuated by success and development, yet he still embraces the “purity” of the sport and the simplicity involving “you get out of it what you put in every day.” Peter reflects on his years with a profound sense of nostalgia, because he has been a crucial part of a senior class that has won more state championships than any other. Peter adamantly believes that the team can win yet another Class L championship in June. 

Spencer McKeough ('14)

Spencer McKeough 

Events: Shot Put, Discus, and Javelin

Personal Bests: Shot Put: 54’ 4.5” // Discus: 142’ 9” // Javelin: 137’ 

# Track Season: 8

Honors: All-FCIAC, All-State

Favorite Quote: “It’s a game of inches”

Favorite Professional Athlete: Mary Cain and Reese Hoffa

Spencer enters his final track season as arguably the most ambitious member of the team aside from the coaches. Spencer has already been crowned the FCIAC shot put champion twice in indoor track, but looks to rack up major team points with the opportunity to throw Discuss and Javelin. With team goals of winning FCIACs, States, and Opens, Spencer unsurprisingly lives by the motto “Do Work.” This is applicable to any facet of Spencer’s character, and he is certainly one of the most driven members of the team. Individually, Spencer will not settle until he has achieved his goal of qualifying for nationals in at least one of the throwing events. Spencer almost straddles the line as a captain and a coach, because he scours and interprets results and his opinions often contribute to the team’s strategy at major meets. This uncanny ability to strategize may have come from his other hobby of football. Spencer is an invaluable help to the team with his mind yet puts his undivided attention on becoming the best thrower he can be. Spencer will tell you that he joined the team because of his brother, but is now one of the biggest advocators for the sport across DHS. Don’t be fooled by Spencer’s quiet personality, because when the time comes he can unleash furious throws in Shot Put, Javelin, and Discuss.