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You Can’t Catch Will Landowne

Will Landowne is very fast.

The news about his record-setting race time is very slow.

But thanks to Inklings — the Staples newspaper — we now know that the Wrecker senior has run the fastest 3000 meters of any high school runner in the nation this winter.

Landowne roared to an 8:33.81 time last weekend, at the 36th annual Yale Classic indoor meet in New Haven.

Will Landowne in a cross country meet last fall. (Photo courtesy of HAN Network)

But that wasn’t all. The track captain — who runs up to 50 miles in training each week — also anchored Staples’ winning 4×800 relay team. Their time was 8:03.13.

The Wreckers are now racing toward the FCIAC, state LL, state open and New England championships. Landowne and his teammates vow to leave everyone else far behind.

(Click here for the full Inklings story.)

Henry Wynne: Miles Beyond The Pack

Hot on the heels of Friday’s come-from-behind, best-in-the-nation distance medley relay by Staples’ boys indoor track team, Henry Wynne has done it again.

Yesterday, the University of Virginia-bound senior won the mile at the New Balance National Championships, held in the New York Armory. His time was 4:08.15.

Henry is now the Connecticut high school record-holder in 4 events: 1000 meters, mile, sprint medley relay and distance medley relay. As a mile is 1609 meters, and Henry’s mile time is 5 seconds under the state record for the 1600, he technically holds the 1600 record too.

Henry is the first Staples athlete — and likely first in the history of Connecticut — to be undefeated as an individual in both cross country and indoor track. He ends his Staples indoor track career with 9 school records.

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But wait! There’s more!

Hannah DeBalsi — who set a school record (10:39.43) in the 2-mile at the recent New England championships — finished 10th in that event at the New Balance Nationals.

She should do better next year. And the year after. And the year after that.

Hannah is only a freshman.

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Hail To The National Champions (Update: Videos Added)

Staples High School — home to best-in-the-US science researchers, writing contest winners and others — has 4 new national champs.

The track team’s distance medley relay team left everyone else in the dust, at yesterday’s New Balance Indoor National Championship at the New York City Armory. In the process, they blazed to a Connecticut state record.

National champs (from left): Henry Wynne, Walker Marsh, Jack Scott and Peter Elkind.

National champs (from left): Henry Wynne, Walker Marsh, Jack Scott and Peter Elkind.

Peter Elkind led off, racing 1200 meters in 3:11.3. Jack Scott took the baton, and blasted through 400 meters in 52.4. Both are juniors.

Senior Walker Marsh covered his 800 meter leg in a swift 1:56.4. Then University of Virginia-bound Henry Wynne — who earlier this year ran the fastest 1000 in the country — roared through 1600 meters in 4:06.9.

The relay team’s state-record 10:07.01 was a full 2.58 seconds faster than the runners-up, a squad from Quebec.

Congratulations to all the Staples foursome, and coaches Laddie Lawrence and Malcolm Watson.

Of course, this would not be a complete “06880” story without a fun factoid. So: lead runner Peter Elkind is the grandson of 2 Westporters who made their marks in an area far removed from the track. Perhaps you’ve heard of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward?

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Click here for 2nd interview

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