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Schachne Sets School Mark, Takes 2nd at Nationals

Staples junior Lexie Schachne set a school record and finished second Friday at the New Balance Indoor Nationals track and field meet at The Armory in New York.

Schachne cleared 11 feet, 8½ inches in the pole vault. She finished behind Stephanie Skove of Tinton Falls, N.J., who won a jump off for first place. Darien’s Elizabeth Crafford and Weston’s Erica Litvak finished tied for 20th with jumps of 10 feet, 8¾ inches.

Competing in the emerging elite competition, Schachne was among four jumpers who attempted 12 feet, 2 inches. None of the girls made it. That reduced the field to Schachne and Skove, who did not miss any of the earlier heights. The bar was lowered 5 centimeters until a jumper cleared, and Skove sailed over at 11 feet, 4 inches.

Schachne owned the previous Staples mark of 11 feet, 6½ inches. She also has the school outdoor record at 11 feet, a mark that seems likely to fall this spring.

Staples also set a school record in the 4 x 400 relay and finished eighth. The team of Turner Block, Courtney Mullen, Elizabeth Driscoll and Ingrid Johnson ran 4:03.46, breaking the mark of 4:05.53 it ran at last week’s New England Championships.

Johnson competed in the 800 and finished 25th in 2:21.29. Block ran in the 200 and Kelley Hussey ran the 60.

Staples boys teams will compete in three relays over the next two days at the meet, which features the top high school athletes in the country.

What do you think of the performance by Lexie and the Staples girls at the New Balance meet? Start the discussion below!

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