Close but no cigar was the story for the Staples boys indoor track team at the FCIAC championships. Staples scored 91.60 and had a chance of dethroning defending champion Danbury, but in the end, Danbury (98) continued its hegemony over the FCIAC at the New Haven Athletic Center and forced the Wreckers to settle for second place. Darien (67) and New Canaan (52.60) took third and place, respectively.

No one can blame junior Raphael Ray for Staples ` second-place finish. Ray won the 600 meters with a time of 1:25.37 and the 300-meter dash (36.20). Senior captain Jack Hennessy (37.21) took fourth in the 300.

Staples did well in relays. Senior Aaron Kliegman, sophomore Jon Heil, junior Sean Gallagher and Roche led the sprint medley relay team (3:47.10) to victory. Heil, Roche, Bass and Ray led the Wreckers to victory in the 4x400 meter relay (3:32.87).

"It feels great winning triple gold, there was a lot of tough competition I'm lucky I could come up on top three times, especially in the 4x4 and 300, where the competition provided very close races," Ray said. "My success is due to a lot of preseason work to build up my endurance. I've also had a lot of help from my fellow sprinters in pushing me through workouts and such, together as a group we work very hard and obviously, it helped."

Also grabbing a win for the Wreckers was senior captain Paul Chandler (14-6) in the pole vault. Chandler also placed fifth in the long jump (19-1).

Senior captain Sam Zorfas '10, classmate Chase Tagen, junior Jeff Caffery and Roche led the 4x800 meter relay team to second place (8:39.75). The quartet fell short of Danbury (8:32.99).

In the 55 meter hurdles, senior Robert Cross (8.48) came in fourth. Senior captain Jon Foster (4:40.23) placed fourth in the 1,600 meters. Junior Ben Aldrich (10:0953) and Foster (10:11.84) took sixth and seventh in the 3,200 meters.

Staples settled for third in the 4x200 meter relay behind Hennessy, senior Colin Carroll, Gallagher and Kliegman (1:36.92). Senior Devin Graber took second in the shot put (48-2).

The results of the FCIACS went as expected, with either Staples or Danbury getting first.

"We had some problems early on in the meet and did not score as we expected in the 4x800 relay, pole vault, shot put and hurdles," Wreckers coach Laddie Lawrence said. "Danbury also got big points in the 55-meter dash (21 pts.). We came on strong in the later stages of the meet and out scored Danbury in the back half of the meet, but could not overcome their entire 20-point lead. Overall it was a good competitive meet for both teams."