Staples sophomore Henry Wynne surprised Danbury's Alex Levine to win the 1,600 and pace the Wreckers boys to a second-place finish at Tuesday's Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference track and field championships. The Staples girls placed third.
Wynne's surprising victory was one of the top performances for the boys, who finished with 95.5 points. Danbury won with 126, and Wilton was third with 59.
Wynne finished in 4:20.33 with a strong move in the final 50 meters to beat Levine, considered the league's premier miler. Staples also won the 4 x 800 relay, the meet's opening race, with Sean Gallagher, Jeff Caffery, Jack Roche and Walker Marsh. They ran 8:05.08. Raphael Ray won the 400 in 49.57. Wynne added a second place finish in the 800, and Ray was fifth in the 200.
Other Staples athletes to earn points in individual events included Dean Hefnaway (third, pole vault), Aiden McConnell (seventh, javelin and sixth, pole vault), Chris Coyne (fourth, shot put), Max Hoberman (fourth, triple jump), Danny Marriott (fourth, discus), Jon Heil (fourth, 400), Todd Lubin (eighth, 300 hurdles), Jack Roche (sixth, 800) and Ben Aldrich (third, 3,200). Staples took second in the 4 x 400 relay with Hoberman, Roche, Gallagher and Heil. The 4 x 100 relay team was fifth.
Lexie Schachne won the pole vault and took second in the high jump to pace the Staples girls. The 4 x 800 relay won with Alexandra Popkin, Georgia Kursten, Kristen Weiler and Ingrid Johnson. Staples finished third with 68 points behind Danbury (162.5) and Darien (101).
Other girls who placed in individual events included Melissa Mann (fifth, shot put), Turner Block (fifth, 100 and fourth, 400), Ingrid Johnson (second, 400), Courtney Mullen (seventh, 400), Emily Troelstra (seventh, 300 hurdles), Kursten (sixth, 800) and Caroline Koenig (seventh, 3,200).
The girls 4 x 400 team of Johnson, Popkins, Tyler Scanlin and Mullen took third, and the 4 x 100 relay took fifth.
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