Senior Henry Wynne and his running mates on Staples High's 4,000 distance medley relay put one final stamp on a dominant indoor track season on Friday.
The Wreckers' quartet of Wynne, Peter Elkind, Jack Scott and Walker Marsh clocked in with a blistering time of 10:07.01 to win the relay at the New Balance Indoor National Championships at the Armory in New York. In the process, the Wreckers set a state record, edging Hamden's mark (10:07.58) from 2010, and also broke the school record from 1989.
"We thought we could place. We never even dreamed of winning," Staples coach Laddie Lawrence said. "They just ran absolutely phenomenal."
Elkind ran the 1,200 leg, followed by Scott in the 400 and Marsh in the 800, with Wynne anchoring the 1,600. The senior grabbed the baton in eighth place. At that point, Lawrence was confident that Staples would move up the leaderboard.
"I figured when he got the baton, the way he runs, we'd end up placing," Lawrence said.
The Wreckers, however, did more as Wynne passed the runner-up Brothers (N.J.) down the stretch and led the Wreckers to a three-plus second win. Brothers was timed at 10:10.78.
"Every one of them ran the best they've ever done," the coach said.
Staples' 4,000 distance medley relay time is also the seventh-fastest all-time in the U.S.
The University of Virginia-bound Wynne also topped the field in the mile on Sunday, recording a time of 4:08.15, both a state and school record. Trevor Gilley of Fort Worth, Tx. placed second in 4:08.37.
Wynne came in with the second-fastest mile time -- behind Edward Cheserek of St. Benedict (N.J.) -- but Cheserek ended up running in the two-mile, instead, Lawrence said. The coach explained that Wynne changed his strategy and the race opened at a slower-than-expected pace.
"I spent the whole race yelling at him to go faster because the pace was too slow," Lawrence joked. "He closed really well ... and ran the last 400 meters in 57 seconds."
With the win, Wynne stayed undefeated in individual events as a senior, from cross country through indoor track. Lawrence heaped praise on Wynne on Monday.
"It looks like he's the best we've ever had. ... We've had a lot of good ones go through here," Lawrence said. "I've been very fortunate."
In the girls' events, Staples placed sixth in the emerging elites sprint medley relay. Olvia Weiner, Emily Troelstra, Tyler Scanlin and Hannah DeBalsi were timed at 4:16.40. The time is a school record.
DeBalsi also set a school record in the two-mile, placing 10th in 10:39.28.
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