Wreckers sweep tri-meet
Updated 6:20 pm, Thursday, April 26, 2012
Going into its tri-meet at Trumbull Tuesday, the Staples boys outdoor track team thought it would be tested by the hosts.
The so-called "exam" never materialized for Staples, which won 12 events and defeated Trumbull, 105-45, and Bridgeport Central, 139-11, to raise its record to 5-0.
"I thought Trumbull would be a great test for us, but they weren't as strong as I thought they would be," Wreckers coach Laddie Lawrence said. "They didn't cover as many events as I thought they would, and we took advantage of it."
Trumbull defeated Central, 128-13 to move to 1-2. Central dropped to 1-4.
Staples junior Henry Wynne won the 800 meters with a time of 1:55.4 and the 1,600 meters (4:42.4). Wynne also anchored the 4x400 meter relay team (3:35) to victory. Senior captain Max Hoberman, junior Walker Marsh and senior captain Dean Hefnawy ran the first three legs of the 4x400.
"We've been training very hard, which is why we're able to run well," Wynne said. "I took it out hard and I heard my splits. I knew if I kept it up, I'd run good times."
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Marsh (2:00.4), senior captain Kyle Hoberman (2:07.8) and sophomore Peter Elkind (2:11.1) were three-four-five in the 800. Junior Pat Nolan (4:45.4) and senior Mikolaj Kulis (4:49.3) placed second and third in the 1,600 and junior Sam Cohen (4:55.3) was fifth.
Max Hoberman won the long jump (20-5) and triple jump (40-5).
"I've been working on my jumping, and I've been practicing a lot with [assistant coach] Robert Steinmetz," Hoberman said. "A lot of it had to do with being a good sprinter, and I ran fast down the lane."
Hoberman's victory in the long jump led a sweep of the top four spots with senior captain Aiden McConnell (18-11) and juniors Colin Davis (18-7.5) and Nick Kelly (18-6). Davis (37-10) and junior Ethan Bradeen (33-11) were two-four in the triple jump.
Senior captain Jon Heil won the 400-meters (51.5), classmate Zach Mitchell triumphed in the 200-meter dash (22.9) and Kelly was victorious in the 100-meter dash (11.7). Junior David Hoffman took third in the 100 (11.81) and 200 (23.6), and Mitchell was fifth in the 100 (12.01). In the 400, senior Giles Bonner (53.0) and Hefnawy (53.6) were three-four.
Heil, Max Hoberman, Hoffman and Mitchell led the 4x100 meter relay team (44.7) to second place. The quartet was edged out by Trumbull (44.3) with Eagles senior sprinter Keith Bond anchoring the relay team to victory.
Staples also did well in distance events with Elkind, junior Brad Payne, Kyle Hoberman and Nolan powering the 4x800 meter relay team (9:27.9) to victory and Kulis won the 3,200 meters (10:24.8).
Davis (5-10), Bradeen (5-10) and McConnell (5-4) swept the top three spots in the jump. Junior Panagiotis Smyrnios (5-10) was fifth.
The javelin was the Wreckers' best throwing event with McConnell (150-1) grabbing the win. Junior Tucker Rizzi (145-0) and senior Jonathan Friedman (138-4) took second and third.
Sophomore Bobby Jacowleff was the team's top hurdler, taking second in the 110-meter high hurdles (17.5) and third in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles (44.3).
"Laddie said how important this meet was and we just dominated," Max Hoberman said. "We did well in sprints, Henry, Walker and Mikolaj did well in distance, and we dominated in [four out of six] field events."
Staples may have won by a bigger margin than expected, but it will definitely be tested this coming Tuesday when it hosts Danbury and Ridgefield. The Wreckers will definitely be challenged by undefeated and perennial FCIAC powerhouse Danbury.
"The big test is Tuesday when we face Danbury," Lawrence said. "Both teams are well-balanced, and it will be close all the way through."
Max Hoberman said, "It's going to be a tough meet. We can't afford to make any mistakes in order to win the meet."
Lady Wreckers sweep
Lawrence's crew isn't the only undefeated track team at Staples. The Staples girls outdoor track team raised its record to 5-0 by sweeping a tri-meet Monday. Staples edged Trumbull, 78-67, and blanked Central, 140-0.
"I'm excited because at the beginning of the meet, we didn't know where we stood, and we came back in the latter events," Lady Wreckers senior captain Courtney Mullen said.
Senior captain Caroline Smith helped Staples by winning the 3,200.
"In the 2-mile, I learned the more you run the second mile of the race, the more you have to push yourself," Smith said. "I feel like I improved, and it helped me get more points for the team."