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Staples Boys Win Class LL Track Crown

WESTPORT, Conn. – The Staples High boys track and field team did a little bit of everything en route to the Class LL indoor track and field championship Thursday night at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven.

The Wreckers picked up points in relays, field events, sprints and distance events in winning their first Class LL title. The Wreckers won the Class L championship in 2008.

Staples’ girls were sixth in team scoring with 26 points.

Individual winners for Staples included Henry Wynne in the 1,000 and Dean Hefnawy in the pole vault. Depth, however, carried the Wreckers to victories in two relays, and they picked up points from three athletes in the high jump.

Staples won the 1,600 sprint medley with Zach Mitchell, David Hoffman, Walker Marsh and Wynne. The 4 x 400 relay of Jon Heil, Marsh, Max Hoberman and Wynne also won. The high jumpers for Staples included Ethan Bradeen (fourth), Aiden McConnell (fifth) and Colin Davis (sixth).

Matthew Mula added a second in the pole vault, and Hoberman was third in the long jump.

Staples started the meet by taking second in the 4 x 200 relay with Heil, Hoffman, Hoberman and Mitchell. The 4 x 800 relay also finished second with Mikolaj Kulis, Kyle Hoberman, Patrick Nolan and Marsh.

Hoffman finished fourth in the 55 dash, and Kulis was fifth in the 3,200.

For the girls, Lexie Schachne defended her title with a victory in the pole vault. She cleared 11 feet, 6 inches, just a half-inch off of the Class LL record she set last year.

On the track, Staples' best finish was the 4 x 200 relay, which took third with Emily Troelstra, Amanda Gianitti, Tyler Scanlin and Olivia Weiner. Staples was also fifth in the 4 x 800 with Courtney Mullen, Siobahn O’Loughlin, Georgia Kursten and Alexandra Popkin.

The 4 x 400 relay took fourth with Scanlin, Troelstra, Mullen and Popkin. Freshman Elizabeth Knoll took fourth in the high jump. Sophomore Caroline Koenig ran a terrific 3,200, finishing in 11:30.52, and missed sixth by 0.33 seconds.

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