Staples track places second at Class LL
Updated 12:57 am, Saturday, February 19, 2011
The Staples boys indoor track team competed took second at the Class LL championship last Saturday by scoring 53 points. Danbury (66) won Class LL.
Wreckers Coach Laddie Lawrence said, "I am very pleased with the outcome. On paper we could score in the 50s. I figured we would be the runner up team if we did that which we were. It would have been nice to be at full strength and upset Danbury, but we weren't. So we'll take the runner up trophy."
The 4x800-meter relay team of sophomores Walker Marsh and Henry Wynne and seniors Caffrey and Jack Roche came in second with a time of 8:05.38, breaking a Staples record. Lawrence said, "Henry had a really great day and ran sub 2 minutes in the 4x8."
Wynne added, "I am very pleased with my performance in the 4x800, I broke the 2:00 mark which was my goal, and we came in a close second to one of the best teams in Connecticut. The key was for everyone to not give up an inch and hopefully be able to stay around first the whole race."
Last, but not least, the 4x200 meter relay team of Birch, Mitchell, juniors Giles Bonner, and Max Hoberman placed second. After Bonner took a fall during the race after being cut off by a Trumbull runner, it was ruled an interference. The team forfeited their first race time and was allowed a re-run.
Lawrence said, "They ran fast enough to place second overall which is pretty good considering they had already ran that race and only had 15 minutes of rest in between. Their time was probably a little slower than what they would have run had there not been an interference."
In addition to the relays, there were some outstanding individual performances as well. Ray placed fourth in the 300-meter dash and second in the 600 meters.
Junior Dean Hefnawy originally seeded second in the pole vault, won. He said the key was to "stay calm and focus."
Wynne said, "Dean performed especially well pulling off first place in a hard group of pole vaulters."
The Wreckers will compete in the State Open meet tomorrow at Hillhouse.
Lawrence said, "In a meet of this caliber it doesn't take much to do very well. A couple of good performances can add up quick. If anyone scores 40 points they will probably win the meet. We will probably score in the 30's so I am looking for us to be a contending team."