The Staples girls outdoor track team defeated Danbury for the first time this millennium.

Host Staples raised its record to 7-0 by vanquishing Danbury, 85-60, and Ridgefield, 89-56, in a tri-meet. The Lady Wreckers won 12 events, including both relays.

"It was truly a team effort," Staples coach Jesse McCray wrote in an e-mail. "The key thing was that our top performers had a great day. I thought that we were focus and determined in the leading up to the meet and when it was time to perform they did very well."

He added, "We saw a lot of improvements in the field events and jumps, in addition to our sprint relays and our distance runner had a very good day on the track."

Emily Troelstra and Caroline Koenig led the Lady Wreckers by winning two events each. Troelstra was the top hurdler with victories in the 110-meter high hurdles and 300-meter intermediate hurdles with times 17.4 and 47.9 seconds, respectively.

Koenig led in distance events by grabbing wins in the 1,600 meters (5:33.7) and 3,200 meters (12:07.1). She led a sweep in the 1,600 as Georgia Kursten (5:41.1) and Caroline Smith (5:44.4) took second and third.

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Nina Lochoff and Amanda Giannitti took the top two spots in the 100-meter dash with identical times of 13.5 seconds. Tyler Scanlin (59.4) and Alex Popkin (2:22.4) won the 400 meters and 800 meters.

Misha Strage topped the field in the long jump (15-3.25) and took second in the triple jump (31-9.5). Lexie Schachne (9-7) and Elizabeth Knoll (5-2) triumphed in the pole vault and high jump. Knoll led a sweep with

"I've been working hard the entire season, I go to practice every day, and I work on getting stronger and faster," said Schachne on the key to her victory.

Before scoring a victory over Danbury and Ridgefield, Schachne won the pole vault at the Irv Black Invitational (11-6) and took ninth at the Penn Relays by leaping 11-9.75. In Monday's win, she stopped after clearing the winning height because of the weather and didn't want to risk an injury, and she already secured 10 points for the Lady Wreckers.

Caitlin Hartmann, Giannitti, Kelly Harris and Lochoff led the 4x100 meter relay team (52.1). Popkin, Erica Hefnawy, Troelstra and Scanlin carried the 4x400 meter relay team (4:16) to victory.

Jasmine Henry took second in the javelin (95-10.5) and shot put (29-9.5).

"I couldn't be more excited," Schachne said. "It's a great accomplishment for the entire team, and we're all so psyched."

McCray said, "It is always nice to see the hard work pay off. The greatest thing is to see the smiles on the faces of these girls."

Staples hopes to build momentum from this triumph, starting at next Monday's meet at New Canaan and the regular-season finale at Norwalk May 14. The Lady Wreckers also feel good about the May 22 FCIAC championships and the Class LL championships May 30.

"We cannot be more excited going into future meets," Schachne said. "We have high expectations and we hope to win the Western Division and FCIACs."

McCray said, "Confidence is everything and hopefully this will be the boost that we need to finish the season strong against some quality teams, and prepare for some challenging invitationals and the championship season. We are very proud of where we are at this time in the season. Now is the time to pick up the intensity of our workouts and put together some good performances."; 203-255-4561, ext. 115