MHS boys' track team has depth in all events

By Martha Marteney - Staff Writer
Manchester - posted Fri., Apr. 15, 2011
MHS boys' track and field coach Thayer Redman described team captain Chris Choiniere as 'one of the top pole vaulters in the state.' Photos by Martha Marteney.
MHS boys' track and field coach Thayer Redman described team captain Chris Choiniere as 'one of the top pole vaulters in the state.' Photos by Martha Marteney.

Thayer Redman has been with the Manchester High School boys’ track and field team for 16 years, and has been the head coach since 2000.  Working closely with the MHS girls’ track and field coach, Shelldon Simpson, and five event coaches, Redman works with more than 80 boys.  The team placed in the top 10 in the state last year.

“We tend to have a pretty balanced team,” noted Redman.  He said the team has depth with the sprinters, solid jumpers, very good hurdlers and a young crew of distance runners who are really coming along. “I’m really interested to see how our 4 by 1 relay does,” said Redman about the four-man, 100 meter relay race.  All but one of the runners is new to the varsity team. “Our goal is to be competitive in the conference.”

“It’s looking good,” said team captain Chris Choiniere.  “We have a lot of new kids coming out and a lot of returning athletes.” Choiniere, a senior, is looking to take the school record this year in pole vaulting.

“We have fantastic kids,” said Redman. “It’s a very young, and an experienced team.” There are seven seniors on the team: Brian Boudreau, Christian Broome, Chris Choiniere, Seth Devalve, Algeridon Johnson, Taylor Johnson and Chris Turner.  Many of the team’s juniors, and even some of the seniors, are new to the team this year.  “The seniors we have are good teachers, who are teaching the other kids,” said Redman.

Talking about track and field, Redman said, “This is not easy.  The thing about track is it’s a lot of hard work.  The rewards are worth it, but not as frequent.”  The team has only 10 meets this season, versus the 20 games scheduled for the boys’ baseball team.

Redman talked about his focus for the team.  “We want the kids to learn to overcome difficulty in their lives,” he said.  “Winning is secondary.” He said he wants to see his team members achieve not only as athletes, but in all realms of their lives.

Spotlight Players:

lgeridon Johnson is a senior, and considered by many to the one of the top sprinters in the state.  He has set a goal for this season to shave at least four seconds off his time in the 100 meter race.  “I want to reach at 10:9 in the 100’s,” said Johnson.  He expects to reach his goal by staying dedicated at practice and in the weight room.  He was also cornerback on the MHS football team.

“I want to get a personal record in the long jump,” said senior Christian Broome, aiming to jump over 20 feet.  Last year, he consistently jumped 19:10½.  “With the work ethic I put in, I think I should reach that goal.”  He credits his strength in the long jump to watching and learning.  He also runs in the 4x100 meter; 4x400 meter; 100 meter; 200 meter; long jump and triple jump.  He also played on the MHS football team.

Senior Seth Devalve described himself as a consistently good runner, but he has set a bigger goal for himself this year.  In order to compete in a decathlon at the end of the season, Devalvehas expanded from his comfort zone of running and doing the high jump to include practicing the hurdles and pole jump.  He usually competes in the 4x100 and 4x400 meter relays, the 100 meter and 400 meter races and the high jump.  Devalve was the MHS football team’s quarterback.

“We were very good last year,” noted Devalve, “We’re always good.” He noted that the team’s depth is a considerable asset. “Over the course of the season, we find someone for everything.”


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