East Granby track heading to NCCC meet
By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
East Granby - posted Fri., Feb. 11, 2011
Afternoons at East Granby High School are full of commotion. Several teams jockey for gym space in hopes of squeezing in enough practice time to offset the numerous school cancellations wreaking havoc with athletic schedules. Among those fighting for space is the co-ed indoor track team.
Thirty-two runners and field event participants wedge into the closest available space in hopes of finding a safe location to launch shotputs and jump hurdles - both of which are not conducive to cramped quarters.
“We do our best with what we have,” head coach Dave Mendrala said. “All the teams are in the same boat. Winter sports are hard - outdoor practices are much easier.” Coaching both indoor and outdoor track, Mendrala takes time to improve his team’s upper and lower body strength on the days gym space is not to be had. “We use the weight room, hallways or wherever we can on days when nowhere else is available. Conditioning is critical for these kids, so we use the time wisely.”
Focusing on the season ahead, Mendrala regards both sprints and field events as overall strengths of the team. Of particular note is Anna Glassman, the team leader in the shotput. “Anna has a good chance to win the shotput at the NCCC meet,” Mendrala said.
Although a smaller squad by comparison, EGHS has several athletes currently qualified for the NCCC tournament, including: Nick Arsenault, Michael Han, Jehandrae Grant, Jerome Grant, Matt Plante, Andrew Restrepo, Ben McDougal, Jacob Seelan, Sean Rosenberger, Eric Brazalovich, Brian Chester, Cody Seaman, Tyler Clark, Ben Plante, Caroline Roohr, Caroline Eastman, Anna Glassman, Valerie Price, Carlie Currier, Taylor Seelan, Dana Kirby and Kendall Comstock.
At the state level, Anna Glassman, Jehandrae Grant and Jerome Grant have all qualified to compete.
East Granby High School Indoor Track Head Coach Dave Mendrala
Number of seasons with this team: 6
Goal for the season: “I would like to have as many individuals as possible qualify for the Class S meet,” Mendrala said.
Senior Captains: Carlie Currier and Tyler Clark
Complete schedule on www.edline.net/pages/east_granby_high_school
Sean Rosenberger, Junior – Long Jump:
A first-year competitor on indoor track, Rosenberger holds a personal-best record in the long jump of 15 feet and participates in the 300 meter. “My goal is to make it to the NCCC level for both,” he said. In addition to track, Rosenberger plays soccer and is described by Mendrala as a strong athlete with a strong work ethic. Citing both calculus and history as preferred subjects, Rosenberger is committed finishing strong in both athletics and academics.
Jerome Grant, Senior – 55M, 100M, 200M:
Running is a year-round passion for Grant. As a four-year member of outdoor track and cross-country, this season marks his first year competing indoors. With a best time of 6.86 in the 55-meter, Grant will represent EGHS at both the NCCC tournament and states, where Mendrala believes he should challenge for a top-six finish in the 55-meter. Planning on attending a four-year college in the fall, Grant is undecided on his selected area of study.