DANBURY >> Tuesday afternoon, just enough turned out to be enough for the Staples High girls’ track and field team.
At Danbury High, Staples picked up seven first-place finishes and held off Danbury to win the FCIAC Championship crown with 114 points.
Danbury was second (113) and Ridgefield finished third (104).
“Our girls just gave it their all,” Staples head coach Jesse McCray said. “It was tough, but we just had enough today. I’m very proud of the effort put forth.”
On a day when Staples was without one of their key contributors on the track, senior Erica Hefnawy, the Wreckers found other ways to step up. Tuesday, it just happened to be in the field.
Led by senior Bridget van Dorsten, who won the long (16-11) and triple jump (35-05) and finished third in the high (5-2), Staples scored more than 50 percent of its points from the field.
Teammate Elizabeth Knoll was equally impressive, as she won the high jump (5-6) and finished second in the (16-5).
“I thought we could do really well in the field, but you just don’t know if it’s enough,” McCray said. “It’s just unbelievable. Bridget, she’s just had an amazing turnaround from indoor.”
Senior Olivia Wiener won the javelin (115-05), as teammates Reece Schachne and Theresa Mall finished second and fourth. Wiener also won the 300-meter hurdles (47.76).
“It’s an amazing feeling,” Wiener said. “Today to come together was a total team effort. I think it’s really cool that we were kind of able to come through in events that we weren’t supposed to.”
On the track, Staples’ Hannah DeBalsi easily won the 1,600 (5:04.71) and 3,200 (10:41.11).
“I feel really good; I wasn’t going for times today, just trying to win easy,” DeBalsi said. “I felt really relaxed and I’m really happy about it. It’s really exciting (knowing) without Erica we won and our ceiling can be higher.”
In the 400, Ludlowe senior Emma Koether won in a time of 58.24 and finished second in the 200. Koether also ran the anchor on the 4×400 relay that placed second (3:59.42) and qualified for nationals.
“Even though my time (400) wasn’t near my PR, it was still a solid race,” Koether said.
Koether and fellow senior Rachel Hurst have been a part of the resurgence of Ludlowe track, as they scored 43 points to place seventh.
“It’s really great,” Koether’s said of where the program has come from. “I think it’s inspired a lot of the other kids to try harder, too.”
Others that fared well included Danbury’s Niema Riley, winning the 100 and 200 and Greenwich’s Sarah Cicchetti taking the shot put and disc crown.
Darien’s Madeline Schneider cleared 12-feet to win the pole vault.
On the boys’ side, Danbury defended its title as they scored an impressive 174.66 points. Ridgefield was second (121) and Staples was third (61.33).
“I thought it would be about 15-20 point meet between us and Ridgefield and Staples maybe like 30 points back,” Danbury head coach Rob Murray said. “I told the guys the one thing we had going for us was we have the ability to score multiple guys in multiple events.”
That was exactly the case Tuesday, as the Hatters won six events but scored points in all but one event.
“The bar jumps, vertical jumps, pole vault, high jump, just killer events for us today, along with just consistency,” Murray said.
Tumani Edwards won the high jump (6-2) and placed third in the triple (40-06) while Mike Morrow had a big day, finishing tied for second in the high (6-feet), second in long (20-10.50) and fourth in triple.
On the track, Matthew Andrew won the 100 (11.23) and was second in the 200 (22.69).
Ridgefield’s Austin Gilbert won the 1,600 (4:20.58) and 3,200 (9:21.88), while Wilton’s Spencer Brown claimed the 400 title (49.21).