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New Canaan boys track team takes seventh at FCIAC Championship meet

Updated 9:04 pm, Wednesday, February 6, 2013

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  • Greenwich runner Austin Longi finishes the 55 meter dash in first place Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 during the FCIAC indoor track championships at the Floyd Little Athletic Center at Hillhouse High School in New Haven, Conn. Photo: Autumn Driscoll / Connecticut Post
    Greenwich runner Austin Longi finishes the 55 meter dash in first place Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 during the FCIAC indoor track championships at the Floyd Little Athletic Center at Hillhouse High School in New Haven, Conn. Photo: Autumn Driscoll

 

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NEW HAVEN -- In the end, it was Just Wynne, Baby.

The star of Thursday night's FCIAC Boys Indoor Track Championship to the surprise of no one was Staples High's Henry Wynne. He won the 1000 meters in 2:34.59 outdistancing Danbury's Mickey Kozak (2:38.12).

Wynne added the 1600 crown in 4:29.99 topping Patrick Nolan of Staples and Ridgefield's William Bordash (both 4:31.33).

Wynne then completed an ungodly triple by running away with the 3200 meters in 9:30.54 outdistancing Ridgefield's Trevor Hopper (9:43.01). Wynne's 30 points forged an 80-80 deadlock between the Wreckers and Danbury after 12 of the 15 events at the at the Floyd Little Athletic Center at Hillhouse High.

"It's a great feeling to triple at the FCIACs," Wynne said. "The team race with Danbury was close so I knew this was needed. Tripling never gets easier. I knew my teammates were counting on me."

It all added up to Staples taking home the team title for the second straight season by a 104.333-92.333 margin over Danbury.

"It wasn't a great meet overall for us," Staples coach Laddie Lawrence said. "We beat ourselves in spots. Danbury was so hot. Yes, Henry (Wynne) and our pole vaulters did a great job."

Using the 10-8-6-4-2-1 top 6 place scoring system, after 9 events, Danbury led Staples 64-62 but after 10 events Staples led Danbury 70-68.

Danbury -- which had won five straight titles before finishing behind the Wreckers the last two seasons -- gained a key victory when Elijah Amoah won the 300 in 36.21. That gave the Hatters a 79-70 edge over Staples after 11 of the 15 events. McMahon's Shnyden Pierre was 2nd in 36.37.

After 13 events, it was tied again at 82.333 each.

But as has been a tradition over the years, Staples' margin of victory was built on its success in the pole vault.

Staples' Matt Mula won the pole vault at 14-feet-0. Staples' Alex Lochoff (13-0) was third giving the Wreckers 16 points compared to 2 for Danbury (Leland Roberts 5th).

"Our philosophy is every event counts. The points we gained along the way allowed us to push Staples at the end," Danbury coach Rob Murray said. "I'm happy with our total. We performed. We'll be ready in the states. But Henry Wynne is the ultimate competitor."

Ridgefield and Darien tied for third place at 47 followed by Trumbull (35), McMahon (32), New Canaan 26.333 and Greenwich (8th, 25).

In the 600 meters, Staples' Walker Marsh won in 1:23.57 followed by Danbury's Austin Winter (1:24.14) and Chazz Winter (1:25.22).

In the 55-meter dash final, Greenwich's Austin Longi was crowned FCIAC champ in 6.60 seconds.

In the 4 x 200 meter relay, the Trumbull High quartet of Tom Johnson, Joe Matera, Rafi Garcia and Isaac Cotto won in 1:34.53.

McMahon (1:34.61) was runnerup followed by Darien 1:34.77.

In the 4 x 800 meter relay, the New Canaan High foursome of Kalan Lysenko, Sam Reynolds, Kevin McEneaney and Spencer Lyman won in 8:28.51 nipping Staples (8:28.83).

In the boys shot put, Darien's Spencer McKeough was crowned FCIAC champion with a heave of 47-feet, 10.5 inches.

In the high jump, Darien's Nicholas Lombardo won at 6-feet-2.

In the 55 meter hurdles final, Devaun Bovell of New Canaan won in 7.92 seconds with Danbury's Akim Moffett 2nd in 8.04.