Staples runs away with Class LL track and field championship
Updated 6:04 pm, Thursday, May 31, 2012
Staples boys track coach Laddie Lawrence, standing to the athletes' left for the team photo, reminded his team that their season wasn't over.
But he still couldn't resist joining them and holding up his index finger when the cameras flashed in the twilight at Manchester High. Monday's State Open could wait: His Wreckers were Class LL state champions.
Lots of depth and big performances led Staples to its first title since 2008 in Class L.
"We were entered in every event except discus, so we had a lot of qualifiers," Lawrence said. "We figured there were about 20 spots where we could score points. We projected about 82 2/3, and we beat that."
Staples finished with 97.3 points, 35.3 ahead of second-place Conard, which nipped Danbury by one point.
"In track, we're very strong in the running portion," said Danbury's Shane Chiaravalle, who won both hurdles events. "Staples comes at you in every area."
The Wreckers had four pole vaulters earn at least a half-point, led by winner Dean Hefnawy (13-0), edging out teammate Matt Mula (13-0). Aiden McConnell (12-0) took sixth and Alex Lochoff (11-6) finished tied for eighth.
McConnell (160-1), Tucker Rizzi (158-4) and Jonathan Friedman (150-0) earned points in the javelin by placing fourth, fifth and sixth. Lawrence was impressed with Ethan Bradeen's high-jump performance (6-4), raising his personal best by four inches and finishing third.
"The kids came alive in the middle of the meet," Lawrence said.
In sprinting and hurdling events, Jonathan Heil led the way by grabbing third in the 400 meters (50.45). David Hoffman (23.28) took fourth in the 200 meter-dash. Bobby Jacowleff took fifth (42.53) in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles and seventh in the 110-meter high hurdles (16.17).
Two Wrecker relays placed. Max Hoberman, Zach Mitchell, Wynne, Heil powered the 4x400 meter relay to second place (3:21.66) and Heil, Hoberman, Hoffman and Mitchell carried the 4x100 meter relay to sixth place (44.01).
Hoberman took third in the triple jump (43-7.75) and McConnell was eighth in the long jump (19-3.5)
Jack Gibson placed sixth in the shot put (45-5.5).
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