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Staples Boys Capture Class LL Track Title

WESTPORT, Conn. – The Staples boys track and field team won the Class LL title as junior distance runner Henry Wynne won two events to lead the Wreckers in Wednesday’s championship meet at Manchester High School. Lexie Schachne and Emily Troelstra won events in the girls championships to lead Staples to a seventh-place finish.

Wynne ran a class record 4:10.35 in the 1,600, breaking the record of 4:12.11 set by former Staples runner Tom Sheeran in 1989. Wynne was unchallenged, too, as Xavier’s David Pugliese ran 4:18.04. In the 800, Wynne won in 1:54.2.

Dean Hefnawy had Staples’ only other win, clearing 13 feet, 0 inches to win the pole vault. Teammate Matt Mula took second with the same height. Aiden McConnell finished sixth.

For the second straight week, Staples was surprised by Danbury in the 4 x 400 relay. The Hatters won in 3:20.81, followed by Staples in 3:21.66. The time was Staples’ best of the season.

Staples picked up points in every area. In the sprints, David Hoffman took fourth in the 200, and Jon Heil was third in the 400. The 4 x 100 relay finished sixth.

In the hurdles, Robert Jacowleff was seventh in the 110 highs and fifth in the 300 intermediates.

In the jumps, Ethan Bradeen was third in the high jump and Max Hobermn was third in the triple jump. In throws, Jack Gibson was sixth in the shot put while Aiden McConnell (fourth) and Tucker Rizzi (fifth) added points in the javelin.

The deep lineup helped the Wreckers win their first state title since 2008. The Wreckers will be among the favorites to win the team title in Monday’s State Open.

The girls had several stars as well. Schachne set a meet record in winning the pole vault. She cleared 12 feet, 0 inches, breaking the record of 11 feet, 6 inches.

Troelstra won the 300 in 45.27, her fastest time of the year. She won a tight race over Glastonbury’s McKenzie Hollenbaugh, who ran 45.35. Sarah Boyd of Brien McMahon finished third in 47.46.

Staples’ 4 x 400 relay set a school record of 4:01.67 and finished third. Other girls who picked up points for Staples included Alex Popkin (fourth, 800), the 4 x 100 relay (eighth) and Tyler Scanlin (seventh, 400).

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