FCIAC boys player of the week: Henry Wynne
Staples' Henry Wynne has been named MSG Varsity's male FCIAC Athlete of the Week for June 4-June 9 by a panel of athletic directors and MSG Varsity reporters.
Wynne, a junior, was once again a double-winner as he took first place in the 800- and 1,600-meter run at the CIAC State Open Monday in New Britain. Wynne won the 800 with a time of 1:54.06, and the 1,600 with a time of 4:12.73. The two victories earned 20 points for the Wreckers, who scored 46.5 and finished in second place. Windsor won the title with 67 points. Wynne also won the 1,600-meter run at the New England championships last Saturday in Maine. His time of 4:13.33 won by nearly three seconds over Bryce Kelley of Chariho of Rhode Island. In addition, Wynne was part of Staples’ 4x400 relay team, which was second at both the State Open (3:21.52), and the New Englands (3:19.37).
What's your biggest athletic goal for 2012? Wynne: "Bringing down my time in the mile. I got it down to 4:10.3, and the school record (set in 1989) is 4:09.5, so I'm aiming for that at nationals this weekend."
Who is your favorite teammate and why? Wynne: "I'll have to go with Jon Heil. He's one of my good friends on the team. We run the 4x4 relay together, and he's always pushing me to go faster."
What's the best piece of advice you've received? Wynne: "There's a quote from (the late U.S. distance runner) Steve Prefontaine that I really like… To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the Gift."
Which athlete is your biggest influence? Wynne: "My coach (Laddie Lawrence) has been a big influence."
What's your proudest accomplishment away from the game? Wynne: "Picking up my grades this year."