Lady Wreckers rout New Canaan, Harding
Updated 5:11 pm, Tuesday, May 8, 2012
It's hard to find someone who can recall the last time the Staples girls outdoor track team was undefeated this late in the season.
Staples definitely wasn't 9-0 in this millennium. That changed for the Lady Wreckers Monday when they swept a tri-meet, beating Harding 142-0 and host New Canaan, 93-52, to move to this lofty record.
"We're very happy to be 9-0, it hasn't happened in awhile," Staples coach Jesse McCray said. "New Canaan is having a good season and we're happy to go down there and win. We did well in everything. Our sprinters and long distance runners did well. We're able to cover all the events."
Lady Wrecker captain Alex Popkin said, "I was very excited. It was a good meet and a lot of girls PR'd [had personal records] and did their best."
Amanda Giannitti, Caitlin Hartmann, Kelly Harris and Nina Lochoff carried the 4x100 meter relay team to victory with a time of 52.3 seconds. Lochoff won the 100-meter dash (13.3) and Hartmann was victorious in the 200-meter dash (28.1).
"I was really excited," Lochoff said. "My hard work in practice paid off and pushing myself, helped."
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Hartmann (13.8) and Giannitti (14.1) were two-four in the 100.
Popkin won the 400 meters (61.1).
"I faced good competition and it was a good race," Popkin said.
"I was definitely pushed [by New Canaan], which was good," Troelstra said. "What helps is that I'm pushed by my new [assistant] coach Scott Burns."
Troelstra took fourth in the 300-hurdles (47.05) at the Middletown Inivitational Saturday. She is 9-0 in the 300-hurdles and 8-1 in the 110-hurdles in dual meets.
"Coming from last year, I knew I liked the hurdles," Troelstra said. "This year, I worked on getting over them and having faster times."
Popkin, Troelstra, Courtney Mullen and Tyler Scanlin led the 4x400 meter relay team (4:07.2) to third at Middletown. In the tri-meet, McCray wanted to give his distance runners a sprint workout and was pleased with Caroline Smith, Erica Hefnawy, Georgia Kursten and Alex O'Kane for placing second in 4:30 at New Canaan.
Hefnawy won the 800-meters (2:27) Monday with Mullen (2:27.3) and Kursten (2:29) placing two-four.
Caroline Koenig won the 3,200 meters (12:03) and Smith (5:46) was second in the 1,600 meters. Koenig took fourth (11:41) in the 3,200 Saturday. Popkin (2:21.8) and Scanlin (2:22.5) were three-four in the 800 Saturday.
"We were concerned going into New Canaan because we ran hard Saturday," McCray said.
In the end, he was pleased with both meets.
Lexie Schachne set a Middletown Invitational Meet record (12-0) in the pole vault and followed up with a win (11-6) at New Canaan. Sydney Friedman (9-0) and Lochoff (8-6) were two-four in the pole vault.
Elizabeth Knoll won the high jump (4-10), Hartmann was tops in the long jump (14-6) and Misha Strage was victorious in the triple jump (31-7).
Jasmine Henry was the team's top thrower by winning the shot put 30-9.5) and javelin (83-10.5) and taking second in the discus (83-3). Moreover, the junior Henry is new to the javelin and discus. She did the shot put and triple jump freshman year but was out because of knee injuries last year.
"I'm just very happy I could pull through for the team," Henry said. "We have very good coaches in all events, which helps. My sister coming back from college helped too."
She is referring to Joselyn Henry (Staples, Class of 2010), who is a sophomore on the Sacred Heart University's track team.
The Lady Wreckers complete the tri-meet part of the season next Monday against Stamford and host Norwalk. Although Staples is chasing perfection, McCray hopes his girls improve.
"Norwalk has good hurdlers and jumpers and I look forward to the opportunity to compete with them," McCray said. "You always find you want to get better. Where far from being where we want to be. Every week is a challenge and there's always room for improvement. They all have to do well in next Monday."
His charges hope to deliver two more victories and do well in the postseason.
"We work hard, and push ourselves to win all our meets," Lochoff said. "We have a really good team this year."
Popkin said, "The team is working hard and all our work is paying off. It would be a great end to the senior regular season if we finish undefeated."