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Staples Runner Named Westport Athlete Of The Month

Staples senior Henry Wynne, who became the first Wrecker in 24 years to win a State Open cross country title, was named the Daily Voice's Westport Athlete of the Month.
Staples senior Henry Wynne, who became the first Wrecker in 24 years to win a State Open cross country title, was named the Daily Voice's Westport Athlete of the Month. Photo Credit: Contributed by Staplesrunning.com

WESTPORT, Conn. – Staples High senior Henry Wynne was selected as The Daily Voice’s Athlete of the Month in Westport for November. It may have been his best month of racing in a year filled with highlights.

On Nov. 4, Wynne became the first Staples runner since Tom Sheeran in 1988 to win the State Open championship. He followed that up with a victory in the New England championships in Cumberland, Maine.

With Wynne leading the way, Staples also won the State Open indoor track and field championship in March. He also won two individual events at the State Open outdoor track and field championships in June to help Staples to a second-place team finish.

“I’m extremely happy with the way everything has gone this year,’’ said Wynne, who committed to run in college for the University of Virginia. “I don’t think I could’ve done anything differently.”

His cross country accomplishments were surprising because he considers himself better at the 1,600 meters. But during summer training, he became more comfortable at handling the longer distances.

“I don’t think it surprises because of all the hard training I did over the summer,’’ Wynne said. “I became confident doing hard workouts and distance runs. I was feeling confident and having good runs when it mattered.”

His name is inscribed all over the Wrecker record boards. Wynne has individual marks in the 800 and 1,000 for the indoor season and was on three relays that set records over the past two years. He’s also listed three times on the outdoor records at Staples.

He could add a few more this winter and will be a threat to erase Sheeran’s time of 4:15.82 in the 1,600, set in 1989. Sheeran also holds the outdoor record in the event.

Wynne, who takes pride in running relays, helped Staples win the New England championship in the 4 x 400 in March. He ran on two relays that won State Open indoor titles in March.

“I love running relays,’’ Wynne said. “I wish I could do as many as possible. When you’re running a relay, you have a team aspect where you don’t want to let your teammates down. It’s a lot different than running an individual event.”

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