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Four Staples High athletes ink National Letters of Intent

Updated 7:00 pm, Friday, February 15, 2013
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Four Staples High seniors took another step along the path to Division-I college athletics on Friday.

Henry Wynne (Virginia), Emily Troelstra (U.S. Naval Academy), Ryan Kirschner (Colgate) and Turner Block (Fordham) each signed a National Letter of Intent at a Staples news conference.

Wynne won the 1,000, 1,600 and 3,200-meter races at the FCIAC boys track and field championships on Jan. 31 to help the Wreckers defend their crown. He also won the FCIAC, Class LL, State Open and New England titles during the cross country season last fall. He chose Virginia over Michigan, Duke and Penn and will run both track and cross country.

"I went down to kind of get the feel of the place and I felt like Virginia was the best match for me," Wynne said. "They have a great team. The coaches, the facility, all were really great."

Troelstra was both an FCIAC and Class LL state champion in the 300-meter hurdles in the girls outdoor track and field campaign last spring. She's also part of Staples' 4x200 and 4x240 relay teams, which set school records in the indoor season in January.

"I ended up being recruited by over 25 colleges, so I ended up choosing which one I wanted to run at," Troelstra said. "Navy ended up being my top choice. So now I'm going to serve my country, as well as run."

Kirschner played midfield last spring for Staples' girls lacrosse team, which went 14-5 and reached the state quarterfinals. She also played soccer at Staples and was FCIAC honorable mention last fall. She selected Colgate over Brown and will play solely lacrosse.

"I picked Colgate just because its mix of students, academics and athletics," Kirschner said. "I play soccer too and I was looking at first to play (Division-III), both lacrosse and soccer."

Block is a two-year starter for Staples' girls soccer team. She missed her senior season last fall after tearing her ACL. She chose Fordham over interest from numerous schools, including Lehigh and Brown.

"I knew I definitely wanted to play soccer," Block said. "My options were a couple D-I, D-III (schools), and then I narrowed it down to D-I. I wanted that high level."

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