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Staples Boys Track 2nd at State Open

Staples' boys track won two relays and Raphael Ray captured the 400 meters as the Wreckers finished second in the State Open Monday at Willowbrook Park.

Ray won the 400 in 48.4, holding off Sheehan's Justin Doehr down the stretch. He also anchored the 4 x 400 relay, which won in 3:20.64. The other members of the team included Jon Heil, Jack Roche and Sean Gallagher. The 4 x 800 relay won with Gallagher, Walker Marsh, Roche and Henry Wynne. They ran 7:53.07, over six seconds faster than their seeded time. They held off Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference rival New Canaan to win the race. The time also broke a school record set in 1990.

Wynne added a second place in the 1,600, running a personal best 4:19.32. Danbury's Alex Levine, whom Wynne beat in the FCIAC championships, won in 4:18.87.

Danbury won the boys team title with 44 points. Staples, second with 38 points, last won the State Open outdoor title in 1988.

Staples girls finished 18th in the team standings, but had some remarkable performances. The 4 x 400 relay broke a 30-year-old school record and finished sixth in 4:02.13. The unit was comprised of Ingrid Johnson, Emily Hanrahan, Tyler Scanlin and Courtney Mullen. They chopped four seconds off their seeded time.

Staples was also fifth in the 4 x 800 with another school record: 9:31.59. That unit included Alex Popkin, Georgia Kursten, Ingrid Johnson and Kristin Weiler. Both relays qualified to compete in the New England championships, which will be held Saturday in Burlington, Vt.

Pole vaulter Lexie Schachne added a third place finish, clearing 11 feet, 0 inches.

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