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Staples Runner Wins Boys Cross Country Crown

WESTPORT, Conn. – Staples High’s Henry Wynne ran stride for stride with Fairfield Warde’s Harry Warnick as they approached the final 800 meters of Monday’s league championship race at Waveny Park in New Canaan. The Wreckers junior had the Warde runner right where he wanted him.

Wynne won the race in 15:37, edging Warnick by two seconds over the 5-kilometer course for the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference title. The race came down to a brilliant battle in the final 250 meters when Wynne surged ahead, Warnick countered and Wynne responded with one final surge with 50 yards to go.

“I didn’t think after I passed him the first time that it was over,’’ Wynne said. “He has a good kick. I just had to put the pedal to the medal.”

The Staples junior ran a smart tactical race, sticking with Warnick from the outset. Warnick, who beat Wynne in quad meet a few weeks ago, tried to pull ahead with about mile left. “I knew what his strategy from the first race,’’ Wynne said. “I thought if I could stay with him in the woods, I had a chance.”

Wynne won the freshmen race two years ago but did not even crack the Top 20 in last year’s race. He figured he would spend most of this season preparing for the indoor track season. “It’s amazing,’’ Wynne said. “I came into the season thinking maybe I can get a base for the winter and outdoor season. To win the FCIAC is amazing.”

Staples boys finished third in team scoring with 71 points, behind Danbury (54) and Darien (58). The Hatters won the team crown for the sixth straight year. Staples (2005) is the last team other than Danbury to win the league title.

In the girls race, Staples’ girls finished seventh with 141 points. Caroline Koenig was Staples’ first finisher, taking ninth. Ridgefield won the team crown, while Greenwich’s Abby Markowitz captured the individual crown.

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