EUGENE, ORE. >> Staples High graduate Henry Wynne barely made Sunday’s finals of the men’s 1,500 at the USA Track and Field Junior Championships.
But Wynne, who just finished his freshman year at the University of Virginia, made the most of his first junior championships as he captured eighth place in a competitive field at Hayward Field.
Wynne ran three minutes and 54.78 seconds. The winner was Patrick Joseph of Virginia Tech (3:49.76).
It wasn’t exactly the race he wanted, but Wynne said he enjoyed the experience.
“I was seeded pretty high going into that final race, but it’s been awhile since I’ve raced and some of the other guys were a little fresher, so I just tried to go out there and stick to the lead pack, which I ended up not doing,” Wynne said. “I didn’t run great tactically, but I gave it a good shot.”
Wynne came in seeded 12th in the finals and had run a personal best time of 3:46.48 this outdoor season for Virginia in the 1,500.
Wynne, who still holds the Connecticut state indoor and outdoor mile records, said that was his last race of the summer. Now he’ll prepare for his sophomore year and the upcoming cross country season which starts in August.
“I’m just looking forward to next year and getting stronger and faster,” Wynne said. “I know everybody on the team now; I know the school, got an apartment now and settled in, so now it’s time to focus more on running.”
Windsor grad Sydnee Over placed fifth in the women’s 800 at the Championships.