Staples boys won the 4x200 relay en route to a second place team finish last weekend at the Southern Connecticut Coaches track and field meet at the New Haven Track and Field Center. Staples' girls finished fifth, as two relays grabbed third, as did sprinter Kelley Hussey.
The boys finished with 30 points, eight behind champion Naugatuck. The 4x200 team of Jon Heil, Zach Mitchell, Sean Gallagher and Raphael Ray won in 1:34.86. Gallagher added a second place in the 300, while Turner Block was sixth.
Staples also took fifth in the sprint medley with George Birch, Giles Bonner, Max Hoberman and Jeff Caffery. Henry Wynne (sixth, 1,000), Walker Marsh (seventh, 600) and the 4x400 relay (sixth) were the other top performers for the boys.
For the girls, the 4x800 relay of Emily Hanrahan, Alexandra Popkin, Kristen Weiler and Caroline Smith ran 10:09.81 to take third. The 4x200 relay of Turner Block, Kelly Bohling, Elizabeth Driscoll and Hussey took third in 1:51.33. Hussey added a third in the 55, running 7.52.
Other top performers for the girls included the 4x400 team of Ingrid Johnson, Emily Hanrahan, Tyler Scanlon and Courtney Mullen, which finished fourth; Lexie Schachne, who took fourth in the pole vault and eighth in the high jump; Georgia Kursten, who was seventh in the 1,600, and the sprint medley relay of Bohling, Ryan Kirshner, Driscoll and Johnson, who took seventh.
Staples finished with 36 points to grab fifth. It was the highest finish by a Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference school. Darien, Ridgefield, Greenwich and Fairfield Warde were among the other FCIAC teams in the meet.
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