The Staples girls indoor track team placed third in the Class LL championships with 45.5 points at Hillhouse. Glastonbury (94) won and Danbury (62) took second.

Staples Coach Jesse McCray said, "I am very pleased with the results. We have had a great championship season up to this point. I am very happy for the girls. They have worked hard and it is paying off."

Going into the meet McCray thought that Glastonbury would be the clear winner and Staples and Danbury would be competing for second place. McCray's prediction came true.

His strategy for the meet was to have his best runners do as much as possible. Some athletes had to run three events.

Lady Wreckers senior captain Ingrid Johnson ran in the 4x400 meter relay, sprint medley relay, and the 600 meters. Johnson placed third in the 600 with a time of 1:39, thus breaking a school record.

Senior captain Kelley Hussey ran three events including the 4x200 meter relay, sprint medley and finished fifth in the 55-meter dash. McCray said, "Kelley placing in the 55 really helped us. She's had a really big year and has scored in every meet for us."

Sophomore Turner Block won the 300-meter dash and junior Lexie Schachne reigned victorious in the pole vault. Schachne cleared a height of 11-6.5, breaking a meet record. Johnson said, "Lexie Schachne did really well in pole vault, along with Turner Block in the 300."

In addition to these stellar individual performances, Staples' relays also did very well. The 4x200 of seniors Kelly Bohling, Elizabeth Driscoll, Hussey and junior Maeve Flaherty placed fourth. The 4x400 team of Block, Johnson, senior Emily Hanrahan and junior Courtney Mullen came in second. The 4x800 team of Hanrahan, Mullen, senior Kristin Weiler and junior Alex Popkin placed fouth. The sprint medley relay team of Hussey, Driscoll, Johnson, and Flaherty took fifth.

McCray said, "Our strength is relays and we wanted to take advantage of that in this meet. All our relays performed well."

Staples will be competing at the State Open meet tomorrow at Hillhouse.

Johnson said, "We hope to qualify for New Englands in as many, if not all, of the events we're competing in."

McCray added, "If we do well on relays and individual events we will be one of the top teams."