Soccer Players Pace Indoor Track Team To Division Title

When the chips were down, the soccer players came through.

Captain Jack Hennessy’s disqualification — he allegedly veered out of his lane in the 300 — left the Staples indoor track team tied with Danbury, heading into the final event of the FCIAC Western Division championship in the Staples fieldhouse today.

A determined Hennessy — along with juniors Sean Gallagher and George Birch, and non-soccer player Aaron Kliegman — roared to a 1st-place finish in that last race, the 4×240 relay.  Their time of 2:00.88 was nearly 5 seconds faster than 2nd-place Greenwich (2:05.53).  That victory gave the Wreckers the divisional title, 174-164 over Danbury.

The relay win is especially impressive, considering Gallagher and Birch had attended the County Assembly (formal dance for juniors) the night before, while Hennessy had been sick all week with a stomach virus.

Gallagher also picked up valuable points with a 6th place finish in the 300 (39.39).

Other soccer players contributing points included Walker Marsh in the 1st-place 1600 sprint medley (4:00.10), and Ethan Bradeen in the high jump (3rd, 5-2).

Other Wrecker soccer players who placed, but did  not score, included long jumper Birch (8th, 16-06.25), and three 600 runners:  Brian Wolgast (11th, 1:36.32), Ian Chasnow (14th, 1:40.28) and Kyle Hoberman (16th, 1:41.88).

For full meet results, click here.

The victorious 4x240 team (from left): Jack Hennessy, George Birch, Aaron Kliegman, Sean Gallagher. Hennessy and Kliegman are indoor track captains. (Photo by Mary Ellen Gallagher)

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