Boys and Girls Track Celebrate Successes at FCIAC Championship
On Feb. 2 the boys and girls track teams traveled to New Haven to compete in their respective FCIAC Championships. The boys came home wielding the first place trophy, and the girls placed fourth.
“We were projected to win, and we were all confident that we could end Danbury’s streak of FCIAC titles,” Aiden McConnell ’12 said.
The boys reached this milestone after a successful regular season, but they will have to keep their momentum throughout the remainder of the championship season.
“We won the divisional track meet last week, now we won FCIACS, and have State Opens, New England’s and Nationals ahead,” Max Hoberman ’12 said. “It’s been a great season and will only get better.”
Hoberman participated in the 4 by 200 meter event where his team placed fourth, as well as the long jump, and the 4 by 400 meter event. Hoberman placed third in the long jump, and placed first in the 4 by 400.
“Laddie prepares us well, so hopefully we can bring home the state title as well,” Aiden McConnell ’12 said.
McConnell placed fifth in the high jump, and sixth in the pole vault and long jump.
Although the girls did not place as high overall, most of the girls received a medal in at least one event.
“Every girl that competed on Thursday ran hard, and finished strong,” Caroline Smith ’12 said. “I am most proud of the amount of heart every girl put into her race.”
Smith ran in the 4 by 800 meter event as well as the mile. Smith and teammates Courtney Mullen ’12, Alex Popkin ’12, Sibohan O’Loughlin ’15 placed first in the 4 by 800 event, with a time of 9:52.30.
Other highlights among the girls’ races included Georgia Kursten’s ’13 performance in the 1000-meter event. Kursten placed sixth, however the junior finished with a faster time in the event than any girl at Staples has run in the last four years.
Additionally, Lexie Schachne ’12 placed first in the girls pole vault event.
The girls will continue to train for the State LL Class Meet on Feb. 9, the State Opens on Feb. 18, New England’s on March 2, and Nationals March 9-11.