Runners From Stamford, Darien Set State Records

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Claire Howlett, a senior from Westhill High School in Stamford, set a state record Friday in the 5,000 meters at a meet in Woodbridge.
Claire Howlett, a senior from Westhill High School in Stamford, set a state record Friday in the 5,000 meters at a meet in Woodbridge. Photo Credit: Daily Voice File photo
Darien's Alex Ostberg hits the finish line with a state record and a second place finish at the Loucks Games in White Plains on Friday, May 9.
Darien's Alex Ostberg hits the finish line with a state record and a second place finish at the Loucks Games in White Plains on Friday, May 9. Photo Credit: NY.MileSplit.com

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. – Runners from Stamford and Darien set state records Friday in separate races around the region.

Westhill senior Claire Howlett won the 5,000 meters in 16:28.71 at the Spartan Midnight Sunrise Invite at Amity High School in Woodbridge. Darien junior Alex Ostberg ran 8:52.64 in the 3,200 meters at the Glenn D. Loucks Game in White Plains, N.Y.

Howlett’s time obliterated the previous state best of 16:45.56, which she set last year, according to statistics on DyeStat.com, The time for the Stanford University-bound senior is the best in the United States by more than a minute. Maddy Reed of Texas has the second best 5K time in the country, 17:29.49, according to DyeStat.

Ostberg finished second in the 3,200 at the Loucks Games despite setting the state record. Dan Curts of Ellsworth, Maine, won the race in 8:51.24. Both times were under the previous meet record of 8:56.02 set in 2011.

Ostberg’s time broke the previous state record of 8:58.16 set by Chris Bendsten of Wolcott in 2010. Ostberg’s time is the seventh best in the United States, according to Dye Stat.

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