East Windsor HS boys’ track off and running
By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
East Windsor - posted Sun., Apr. 17, 2011
Gearing up for a new season, the East Windsor boys’ track team began indoor conditioning the third week of March. Sprinting and hurdling through back corridors and school auditoriums, the team grabbed practice space where they could find it.
Coach Dan Ward manages both indoor and outdoor boys’ track. “We have a pretty good group of kids this year. The boys and girls practice together but obviously compete separately,” he explained. “We have a total of 36 kids on the team this year. They are a very youthful group, and I think that works to our advantage.”
After graduating four seniors in 2010, the team is looking toward this year’s upperclassmen for leadership. “We had eight kids qualify for states last year, and I’m hopeful we can increase that number this year. We have some strong runners and hurdlers,” said Ward.
In comparison with past seasons, Ward recognized the areas the team will need to focus on. “At one point hurdling and jumping were EWHS’s bread and butter. We were really strong in those two areas. But we fell short last year, so I’m hopeful we can improve upon that in this season.”
Ward believes healthy rivalries can bolster a team’s drive. “I use Ellington as a good example for our kids. They are a very determined team that practices in all kinds of weather, and we have learned from their model. I think it encourages the kids to work harder when they see how the other teams get prepared,” he said.
Looking forward to the start of the season, Ward is preparing the team with regular conditioning and practices. “We have been very fortunate, only a few minor injuries so far,” he said. “We have new uniforms, and a group of kids who are talented and ready to run.”
“We hope for a minimum 500 year, and to match or exceed the number of players we sent to states in 2010,” he said.
East Windsor High School Boys’ Track Coach Dan Ward
Number of Seasons: Two as head coach.
Assistant Coach: George Croft.
The season ahead: “We hope for a minimum 500 year, and to match or exceed the number of players we sent to states in 2010,” said coach Ward.
Captains: Jaisean Bowens, Connor Griffin, Nick Parker and Eric Sterba.
Complete schedule on www.casciac.org
Connor Griffin– Senior: Back for his fourth season, Griffin will compete in the 300 hurdles, 110 meter and 4X4. “I like the hurdles best, that’s my favorite event,” he said. In addition to track, Griffin plays soccer; he plans on attending ECSU, with a major in music.
Jaisean Bowens – Senior: An overall athlete, Bowens also competes in football and basketball. He plans on studying sports management at a four- year college. “In track, I just like to relax and have fun with it,” he said. Bowens competes in the 100M, 200M and high jump.
Erik Sterba – Senior: A wrestler as well as a runner, Sterba said, “I like the team bonding. My best event is the 300 hurdles and sometimes the 4X4.” Sterba plans on attending Asnuntuck College to study criminal justice.