Published 4:53 pm, Thursday, October 7, 2010
The Staples boys cross country team swept a multi-team meet on Tuesday at Waveny Park and raised its record to 13-1. Staples defeated Harding, 15-50, Fairfield Ludlowe, 21-38, Fairfield Warde, 22-37, Brien McMahon, 19-44, and New Canaan, 26-31. Wreckers Coach Laddie Lawrence said, "I am very pleased with the outcome. Every finish [in the race] was key and every finish was close. It was a great meet."
Going into the meet, the Wreckers knew New Canaan would be their toughest competition. Lawrence devised a game plan for the team. He said, "We knew their front two runners are good so Ben had to beat both. We were then hoping Jack could then split up those two and from then on we had to beat them man to man."
Finishing first for Staples and second in the meet was senior captain Ben Aldrich with a time of 16:45. He said, "I came in second to a great runner, but beat two top runners in the FCIAC which i am very pleased with."
Following Aldrich were senior captains Jack Roche (seventh place, 17:23) Kentaro Higuchi (ninth place, 17:38), and Jeff Caffrey (10th place, 17:39). Next were junior Dean Hefnawy (15th place, 17:53) and sophomores Henry Wynne (17th place, 17:54) and Patrick Nolan (18th place, 17:56).
Wynne and Nolan's finishes helped push Staples ahead and get the win against New Canaan. Lawrence said, "Wynne and Nolan were our sixth and seventh runners and they finished ahead of New Canaan's fifth thereby displacing him back two places in the scoring. The sixth and seventh don't score but they can displace. This is why depth is so important." Wynne said, "I had my best time so far and was happy with my performance especially after being injured."
Both Lawrence and Aldrich are pleased with every performance. Lawrence said, "every person contributed to the win." Aldrich added, "The whole team stepped up this week despite the poor conditions, with seven guys running under 18 minutes and myself under 17, we all in all had a good day."
Staples will compete in the Wickham Park invitational tomorrow. Lawrence said, "We are in the seeded race, which is the second highest. If we run the way we did in this meet, we will do well at the invitational, probably finishing in the top five."