Oh Henry! Staples Wynnes division title
That's the sentiments of the Staples boys indoor track and field team. Staples can invoke the name of the candy bar that was introduced in 1920 by the Williamson Candy Company because of its star junior Henry Wynne. Wynne got a lot of mileage on his sneakers Saturday and had a stronger hegemony over middle to long distance events than Henry VIII had over Great Britain in leading the Wreckers to the FCIAC Western Division title at the Staples fieldhouse.
"It feels great because it helped the team win," Wynne said. "Even though it's a hard triple, and I was sore after the meet, I'm glad I pulled it off."
Wynne may have had a meet for the ages, but he wasn't alone in leading Staples to a 185.5-132 victory over second-place Danbury in the six-team field. The Wreckers took second place in each event he won and won a relay. Staples also did well in sprinting and field events and ended the meet with seven wins in beating the one team it had trouble beating last year.
"I thought we were the favorite based on how we both did during the regular season, but I didn't think we'd win by this much," Wreckers coach Laddie Lawrence said. "The kids did very well and put it all together. We have a pretty good team with lots of senior veterans and newcomers who did very well."
Wynne's first victory came in the 1,000 meters with a time of 2:39.43. Staples scored 20 points in the event with junior Patrick Nolan taking second (2:40.60) and senior Mikolaj Kulis (2:43.90) was fifth.
"I went out like I normally do, and I felt good," Wynne said. "I knew I had two more races and didn't go for a killer time. I just gave it a little extra in the end."
His next triumph came in the 1,600 meters (4:39.40) with Kulis (4:41.14) taking second.
"The mile is my favorite race, and I have a pace set for it in my head," Wynne said.
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Wynne completed the hat trick by taking the 3,200 meters (10:01.53). Kulis (10:05.05) grabbed second place.
Senior captain Max Hoberman, classmate Dean Hefnawy, junior Walker Marsh and senior captain Jon Heil carried the 4x400 meter relay team to victory (3:35.48).
Hefnawy won the pole vault (13-6), which was almost a Wrecker sweep. Juniors Doug Caffrey (11-6), Matt Mula (11-0) and Alex Lochoff (11-0) and senior Aiden McConnell (11-0) placed third through sixth, respectively.
Junior Ethan Bradeen won the high jump (6-0) in an event where Staples took the top four places. McConnell (5-8) and juniors Kyle Smith (5-8) and Colin Davis took second, third and fourth, respectively, and junior Ian Teran (5-2) earned a half point by finishing tied for sixth.
Hoberman (19-7.5) won the long jump, and he wasn't the only Wrecker to score in it. McConnell (19-3.25) and junior Ryan Petersen (18-7.5) placed second and fourth, respectively.
"[Assistant coach] Rob Steinmetz worked with me and I improved," Hoberman said. "He changed my step, which helped me jump."
The 4x800 meter relay team of Teran, sophomore Peter Elkind and juniors Sam Cohen and Brad Payne took second (8:49.03). Senior captain Zach Mitchell, juniors David Hoffman and Jackson Yang and senior Giles Bonner (2:00.87) led the 4x240 meter relay team to third place. Bonner, Yang, senior captain Kyle Hoberman and Nolan carried the sprint medley relay team to third place (4:04.91).
Heil took third in the 50-meter dash (6.39) and fourth in the 300-meter dash (37.47). Hoffman was fourth in the 50 (6.39) and Max Hoberman was sixth in the 300 (37.84). Marsh (1:28.67) and Kyle Hoberman (1:30.98) were four-six in the 600 meters and sophomore Robert Jacowleff took third in the 50-meter hurdles (8.25).
"It feels good to start the championship season with a win," Kyle Hoberman said. "As Laddie said, it's the first of six championship meets, and it helps to start with a win."