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Staples Shoots for State Open Track Title

WESTPORT, Conn. – Staples’ boys indoor track and field team has been one of the most successful teams in the state under the direction of long-time coach Laddie Lawrence. Saturday, Westport's Wreckers can add a piece of hardware that they have yet to own.

The Wreckers head into Saturday’s State Open at the Floyd Little Athletic Center as one of the favorites to win the team championship. Staples won the Class LL title last week, its first championship since taking Class L honors in 2008. Staples finished second in the State Open in 2011 and third in 2010.

Staples is loaded for Saturday’s meet, with a strong stable of middle distance runners making for several strong relay teams. The 4 x 400 team is the No. 1 seed with Jonathan Heil, Walker Marsh, Max Hoberman and Henry Wynne. The sprint medley is also seeded first with Zach Mitchell, David Hoffman, Walker Marsh and Wynne. Staples is also seeded fifth in the 4 x 800, and third in the 4 x 200.

Wynne is the go-to guy for the Wreckers. The junior is also the No. 1 seed in the 1,000, with an advantage of nearly three seconds over the next highest seed.

Staples’ other strength is in the field events. Dean Hefnawy (seeded second) and Matthew Mula (fourth) are among five pole vaulters for Staples who have qualified for the Open. Staples also will send high jumpers Ethan Bradeen and Aiden McConnell.

Staples’ biggest challenge could come from Greenwich. Staples beat Greenwich for league and Class LL honors, but speedy Marcus Motill could pick up a ton a points for the Cardinals all by himself. He is seeded first in the 300 and second in the 600. Danbury, which finished second to Staples in the league meet, is also strong. The Hatters took third in the Class LL meet.

The winner of the Open doesn’t need a lot points. Danbury won last year with 39, while Staples finished tied for second with Bloomfield with 30.

For the girls, pole vaulter Lexie Schachne is the No. 1 seed. She finished second in the Open last year. Staples is also seeded eighth in the 4 x 400 and 4 x 800 relays, and 10th in the 4 x 200. Caroline Koenig is the No. 12 seed in a tightly-bunched 3,200.

Complete seedings for the State Open are available online .

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