Staples boys track turns back Trumbull and Westhill
Updated 1:20 am, Friday, May 13, 2011
The Staples boys outdoor track team defeated Trumbull 109-41, and Westhill, 105-45, at home Tuesday.
Staples senior captain Ben Aldrich explained the significance of this win. "Trumbull is a very god team, and winning this meet solidified our place in the FCIAC."
Sophomore Henry Wynne added, "I think we did really well and pulled away a big victory over good teams, in a meet [Wreckers Coach] Laddie [Lawrence] thought was going to be much closer. "
Because Trumbull was a competitive team, Staples knew it had to be on its `A' game for this match-up and it got two victories to raise its record to 8-1 because of some key performances.
Wynne knew he would see tough competition in the meet and raised level of performance in winning the 800 meters with a time of 1:58.2 and the mile (4:35) and was on the second-place 4x400 meter relay team. He said, "I knew that I was going to have a good race in the 800 because of Trumbull's Malcolm Connor."
Aldrich won the 2-mile (10:05) and ran the mile (4:44). He is pleased with his performances and said, "I struggled a little in the mile but came back to win the two mile pretty handily."
In addition senior Raphael Ray placed first in the 400 meters.
Staples also did well in the field events. Sophomore Ethan Bradeen won the high jump (5-10). Junior Dean Hefnawy won the pole vault (11-6) and senior Chris Coyne won the shot put (41-1). Coyne said, "I'm excited to have such a winning season so far, and I hope that I can just hold this momentum going into FCIACs. Then we can start translating our success into titles."
Staples wraps up the regular season next Tuesday against Ridgefield and host Wilton. Wynne said, "Next we have Ridgefield and Wilton and I am not expecting much, but [we] will be ready."