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Wreckers cross country teams grab victories at Greenwich meet

Updated 11:26 am, Thursday, October 4, 2012

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  • Henry Wynne of Staples High School competes in the boys high school cross country meet at Greenwich Point, Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 2, 2012. Wynne was the first place finisher. Photo: Bob Luckey / Greenwich Time
    Henry Wynne of Staples High School competes in the boys high school cross country meet at Greenwich Point, Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 2, 2012. Wynne was the first place finisher. Photo: Bob Luckey

 

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The driving rainstorm that soaked the 3.1-mile cross country course at Greenwich Point on Tuesday afternoon certainly didn't slow down Staples' Henry Wynne.

Wynne breezed to a first-place finish in 15 minutes and 40 seconds as the Wreckers' boys team topped Greenwich 18-41, Brien McMahon 15-50 and New Canaan 16-47, and lost to Darien 22-36.

"It was a really sloppy, wet, slippery course. ... It was a mess," Staples head coach Laddie Lawrence said. "It rained the whole time we were there."

Sophomore Oliver Hickson finished fifth for Staples in 16:27 and senior Patrick Nolan was eighth in 16:38, but the Blue Wave took spots two through four, and spots six and seven.

"We knew Darien was a little faster and they ran a better spread than we did," Lawrence said.

Staples also got a 10th-place finish from senior Sam Cohen in 16:47, while senior Marcus Russi was 17th (17:23), senior Brad Payne was 18th (17:26), sophomore Jake Berman was 19th (17:29) and junior William McDonald was 20th (17:30).

Staples' girls team picked up a pair of victories on the afternoon as freshman Hannah DeBalsi finished second in 15:34, just 10 seconds behind Darien's Anne Johnston.

The Wreckers earned wins over McMahon 19-44 and New Canaan 27-28, and lost to Darien 24-31 and Greenwich 26-31.

Staples' second finisher, sophomore Erica Hefnawy, took seventh place in 17:12 and senior Caroline Corbally was 13th in 17:38. The Wreckers also got a 20th place finish from freshman Angelee Parmar in 18:03, while senior Georgia Kursten was 21st (18:07), freshman Katharine Smith was 24th (18:17) and senior Alexandra O'Kane was 25th (18:18).

Lawrence said that his team had a "particularly hard training week last week" and he attributed some of the finishes to that. But given the conditions, he was pleased with his team's performance.

"We were pretty solid, but these other teams were good," Lawrence said.

dbonjour@scni.com; 203-255-4561 ext. 114; twitter.com/DougBonjour

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