Lady Wreckers place 4th at FCIACs
The Staples girls indoor track team scored 43 points and placed fourth at the FCIAC championships Thursday.
"We had some great performances, and I was happy," Staples coach Jesse McCray said. "Obviously, we wanted to place higher, but the ones who were there performed well, and we had some personal bests."
Greenwich (92) won, Darien (74) took second and Danbury (49) was third in the 15-team field at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven. The Lady Wreckers, who were missing a couple of athletes because of injuries, edged Brien McMahon (36) and Trumbull (36), which were tied for fifth.
"If we didn't have injuries, we would have placed higher, but we ran well and did better than what I imagined," McCray said.
"Everyone has been working hard with their training and ran hard," Popkin said. "I'm proud of everyone."
Popkin (2:21) had the fastest split of the quartet.
"I was training really hard and was motivated to win," Popkin said. "Everyone worked hard, and I took one for the team."
Popkin also anchored the 4x400 meter relay team (4:11.65) to second place. Sophomore Tyler Scanlin, Mullen and junior Emily Troelstra preceded Popkin in the 4x400.
"It was very exciting and I was proud of the team," Popkin said.
For Staples senior captain Lexie Schachne, waiting was the hardest part before winning the pole vault (11-3). Schachne didn't jump until 10 p.m.
"The key was to stay warm throughout the long wait," Schachne said. "I was the last person competing."
Although Schachne delivered 10 points for the Lady Wreckers, she wasn't totally pleased with herself.
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"Honestly, I wish I jumped higher, but it's always nice to win," Schachne said.
Scanlin (1:38.85) had a personal best in the 600 meters, dropping five seconds from what she did at the Western Divisional Championships (Jan. 28). Junior Georgia Kursten (3:11.46) ran a personal best and took sixth in the 1,000 meters. Sophomore Caroline Koenig (11:42.10) placed third in 3,200 meters.
Troelstra, freshman Logan Murphy, Scanlin and freshman Olivia Wiener led the 4x200 meter relay team (1:52.64) to sixth place. Wiener, Murphy, O'Loughlin and Kursten carried the sprint medley relay team (4:36.32) to sixth place.
"We all tried hard and happy to finish fourth," Popkin said. "We had a lot of PRs [personal records] and I'm very happy."
Schachne said, "Everyone did well. I wish we finished higher but I'm proud of all of the girls."
Staples will compete for the Class LL title tomorrow in New Haven.
"Our FCIAC meet was competitive from top to bottom and we shouldn't be fazed by what we see at states," McCray said. "We had some great performances and I hope to improve on it."