GHS track team runs away with state open

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Wed., Feb. 23, 2011
GHS hurdler McKenzie Hollenbaugh competes in a preliminary heat. She went on to win first place in the finals.  Photos by Steve Smith.
GHS hurdler McKenzie Hollenbaugh competes in a preliminary heat. She went on to win first place in the finals. Photos by Steve Smith.

The state open indoor track meet in New Haven on Feb. 19 proved to be a good day for Glastonbury High School’s girls’ indoor track team.

Lindsay Crevoiserat took first place in the 1,000-, 1,600-, and 3,200-meter races, and set a new state open record in the 3,200 with a time of 10:51.60.

“I didn’t know I had it,” Crevoiserat said afterwards, “but I knew I was definitely in reach. It was a pretty easy race, so on the last lap I decided I was going to sprint and go for it.”

The fact that Crevoiserat - who also holds the state record for that race, as well as records in cross-country - finds the longer races easier (even as her third competition of the day) amazes some people, but for her, it’s just another day at the office.

“The 1,000 is a lot harder,” she said. “There’s more pressure in the 1,000. I know I can do well in it, but it’s a lot more effort. The longer races are more relaxing.” Crevoiserat might have had a better time, except that she had lapped some of the slower runners, who were in the inside lane.

“I had to go outside a lot,” she said. “But I was just going for it, so I didn’t care.”

Coach Brian Collins agreed that the longer races are better for Crevoiserat, especially in the indoor races.

“I don’t want to say she gets more comfortable, but the longer the race, the better she is,” Collins said, adding that there is more competition in the shorter races.

According to Collins’s data, five runners at the state open have 1,000-meter times that would place them in the top 25 in the country.

Crevoiserat also holds the state record time for the 3,200, which was also set on a day where she ran that race after the 1,000 and 1,600.

GHS’s McKenzie Hollenbaugh took first place in the 55-meter hurdles, with a time of 8.58 seconds – just one one-hundredth of a second ahead of Danbury’s Nyoshee Lowry.

Hollenbaugh had stumbled in the Class LL meet one week before. Collins said that fall gave her greater motivation for the open.

“She just came down wrong after the final hurdle,” Collins said. “She may have taken first. She thought she had it won, but then she was happy she crossed the finish line. It made her even more determined to go after it this week.”

Glastonbury finished first in the state open, with an overall score of 65. Danbury came in second with 44. Collins said he was very pleased with his team.

At press time, Crevoiserat is set to compete in an invitational meet in Seattle on Feb. 27. She and several teammates will also compete in the New England regionals in Boston on March 5, and at the national invitational on March 11.

For complete state open results, visit www.casciac.org.

 


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