Staples' boys track team won two relays en route to a second place finish Saturday at the State Open track meet at the New Haven Athletic Center. Senior Ingrid Johnson set the school record for the 600 meters for the fourth straight week to pace the Wreckers' girls team, which finished ninth.
Staples won the 4x400 relay with Jonathan Heil, Jack Roche, Sean Gallagher and Raphael Ray. They were timed in 3:27.76. The 4x800 relay team won with the quartet of Walker Marsh, Roche, Jeff Caffery and Henry Wynne. They ran 8:06.56.
Staples also picked up points with its sprint medley team, which finished third in 3:41.14. The team included Zachary Mitchell, Jeff Caffery, Gallagher and Wynne. Ray added a fourth place finish in the 600.
Dean Hefnawy (10th, pole vault) and the 4x200 relay team (13th) also competed for Staples, which finished with 30 points. The Wreckers tied for second with Bloomfield. Danbury won the meet with 39. Staples, which finished third in the State Open in 2010, last won the State Open in 1991. It also finished second to Danbury in the Class LL championships .
Johnson rewrote her own school record with a fifth place finish in the 600. She ran 1:38.65, breaking the mark of 1:39.05 she ran in the Class LL championships.
Lexie Schachne took second in the pole vault for Staples, clearing 11 feet. Schachne, a junior, set a school record of 11 feet, 6 1/2 inches in winning the Class LL meet a week earlier. That jump is ranked 45th in the nation, according to ESPNRISE , which monitors national results. Johnson's 600 time moves her up to 55th in the national rankings.
The girls 4x400 relay took fourth in 4:07:01 with Turner Block, Courtney Mullen, Emily Hanrahan and Johnson. Staples also competed in the 4x200 relay (11th) and the 4x800 relay (13th). Kelley Hussey was 11th in the 55-meter dash.
Staples will compete in the New England championships on March 4 at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center at Roxbury Community College in Massachusetts.
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