The Staples High boys and girls track teams topped the leaderboard at the FCIAC Western Division Championships on Saturday afternoon.
The Wreckers' boys team cruised to a first-place finish with 134 total points, topping Danbury (106 points), Trumbull (37) and Greenwich (30) at Staples. In the girls meet, the Wreckers recorded 90 points to narrowly edge Greenwich (86), Danbury (70) and Trumbull (63).
Senior Henry Wynne won three events for Staples' boys team, finishing first in the 1,000, 1,600 and 3,200 meter runs. In the 1,000, Wynne clocked in at 2:37.02 to place just ahead of teammate Peter Elkind (2:38.86). His time of 4:39.51 in the 1,600 put him just ahead of another teammate, Patrick Nolan (4:40.23).
"In the division, we thought he could win all three events, which he did," Staples boys coach Laddie Lawrence said. "I gave him his choice -- I asked him what he wanted to do -- and he said he would do those three events because he thought that would help the team the most. That's what he did."
Wynne capped his afternoon by breezing to the finish in the 3,200 in 9:49.55. Danbury's Nicholas Carlsen placed second in 10:12.53.
"He did a superb job, as he has done in the past," Lawrence said of the University of Virginia-bound Wynne. "We're looking forward to the next meet."
Staples also picked up a victory in the 50 meter hurdles as Robert Jacowleff (7.46 seconds) edged Danbury's Akim Moffett (7.50) and Trumbull's Justin Puzzio (7.88). Matthew Mula won the pole vault with a personal-best leap of 14 feet, 3 inches for Staples, while Colin Davis took home first in the long jump (19-6.25).
The Wreckers also won a pair of relay events. The 4x800 team of Will McDonald, Sam Cohen, Marcus Russi and Brad Payne won in 8:39.08. The 1,600 sprint medley team of James Lewis, Jacowleff, Sam Ellinwood and Elkind was first in 3:53.75.
Lawrence is confident of Staples' chances heading into Thursday's FCIAC championships at Hillhouse High School in New Haven. He mentioned Danbury and Darien as the Wreckers' strongest competitors.
"Whoever is hot that day is going to come out the winner," Lawrence said.
In the girls' competition, Staples won its first division title since 1996 with help from Hannah DeBalsi. The freshman won the 1,600 in 5:11.95 -- ahead of teammate Erin Munley (5:42.75) -- and also captured first in the 3,200, cruising past second-place finisher Liz Persau (12:34.88), of Greenwich.
"She's had an outstanding season. She's just a special talent," Staples girls coach Jesse McCray said. "We're just fortunate that she's on our team."
The Wreckers won the 4x800 relay (10:50.22) and saw their 4x240 team of Emily Troelstra, Kelly Harris, Scalin and Olivia Weiner set a school record (2:17.39), despite finishing behind Greenwich (2:17.03).
McCray is pleased with the progress his team has made heading into the FCIAC championships.
"Our goal every year is to improve upon our finishes and run our best races in the championship season," McCray said. "There's a lot of good teams in the conference, but we feel like we're a good team as well."
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