Henry leads Lady Wreckers
Facing the Danbury girls outdoor track team is a tall order. Staples had this unenviable task on Tuesday and lost, 107-39 at home. The Lady Wreckers also defeated Bridgeport Central in that meet, 133-7 and ended the meet at 4-1.
"We haven't had too many meets yet this year and I'm happy with the way we ran," Staples Coach Jesse McCray said. "Danbury is so good and without a doubt, they are the best team in the state, possibly New England. They have a college-bound athlete in every event. We ran well and although we didn't win, we had state qualifying performances. We want to win every time we step on the track but the main thing is to prepare for FCIACs and states and we did just that. All we ask is for the girls to step it up every meet."
Senior captain Joselyn Henry led the Lady Wreckers by winning three events overall, starting with victories in the discus (99-1) and shot put (36-9).
"I had a lot of focus and I got excited to do big things," Henry said. "The shot put wasn't as good personally as it should be. I just recently started the discus and I did well in it the first time, which got me excited and focused. My arm felt good. I practiced a lot and did a lot of stretching."
Despite suffering from bronchitis, Henry hung tough and won the long jump (16-1) as well.
"When I'm competing, I put to the side the fact I'm not feeling well and I do the best I can do," Henry said. "I just kept running and gave it everything I had."
Sophomore Lexie Schachne continued her dominance in the pole vault and broke her own school record in it with a win (10-6).
"I think it came from the practices I did all week and I believed in myself," Schachne said.
Freshmen Georgia Kursten and Judy Feng won the 1,600 meters (5:28) and the 3,200 meters (12:33), respectively. Kursten qualified for FCIACs and had her a personal best for outdoor track, second best overall (she eclipsed this during the indoor track season).
"I wanted to win the mile and I just tried my best," Kursten said. "I had good competition, which helped me."
McCray said, "Our freshman class is impressive."
Junior Ingrid Johnson took second in the 800 meters (2:26.1).
"I didn't really have a great race personally but Danbury is a talented team," Johnson said. "Under the circumstances, we ran well. It wasn't my best time but it happens."
Two athletes, junior Freja Andrews and freshman Emily Troelstra had personal bests in the javelin (82-9) and 100-meter dash (12.8), respectively. Andrews took third in the javelin.
"I can't be disappointed because the girls ran their best," McCray said. "We wanted to win and run well. We did the best to our ability and qualified girls for states. You have to give Danbury credit, they are an outstanding team year in and year out."
Henry said, "We're looking good. We have people getting serious about it and working hard."