Staples boys track takes 2nd at FCIACs

The Staples boys track and field team placed second in the FCIAC championship meet with 95.50 points May 24, finishing behind FCIAc-champion Danbury (126).

Although Staples' goal was to win the FCIAC title, the team had many outstanding performances in which it can be proud of.

Sophomore Henry Wynne was the Wreckers' top performer at FCIACs. Wynne has established himself towards the end of the indoor season, and during this year's outdoor season as a force to be reckoned with in the FCIAC and State.

One of Wynne's races was the 1,600 meters in which he out-kicked Danbury's Alex Levine. In the last leg of the race and came away with a victory in 4:20.33.

"It meant a lot to me to win the 1,600 since the beginning of my track career," Wynne said. "I have always seen Alex Levine dominating his races, so to beat him meant a lot especially in the kick which he is known for. After this victory i feel as though I can race without being as intimidated and know that i can win against some top runners."

Senior Chris Coyne said, "All the runners had great performances, but to me, Henry's come from behind win over an established miler was the biggest win of the day."

In addition to winning the 1,600, Wynne also placed second in the 800 meters (157.79).

The 4x800 meter relay team of seniors Sean Gallagher, Jeff Caffrey, Jack Roche and Walker Marsh took home a gold medal (8:05.08). Wynne said, "The 4x800 was really impressive with their dominating performance, and I was really impressed with Sean's 1:59."

Staples took second in the 4x400 meter relay (3:26.11) behind junior Max Hoberman, Roche, Gallagher and junior Jon Heil.

Senior Raphael Ray took first in the 400 meter dash (49.57).

The Wreckers knew from the start that they would have good performances on the track, but were unsure how they would match up against the competition in the field events. Nevertheless, Staples was able to see a few good performances.

Junior Dean Hefnawy vaulted 13-0 to place third in the pole vault and Coyne threw 43-11 in the shot put for fourth place. Coyne who was not fully satisfied with his performance said, "I feel like I could have easily gone either second or third. While Wilton's Jesse Socci who threw in the 50s, [which was] miles ahead of us all, I felt like one or two tweaks could have landed me the silver."