SWHS boys' track team sets high goals
By Martha Marteney - Staff Writer
South Windsor - posted Mon., Apr. 18, 2011
Last year, the South Windsor High Schoolboys’ track and field team ended the season 5-2. Coach Peter Anthony noted the team lost to graduation its top scorers in jumps and hurdles. The team’s composition changes every year, but Anthony said, “We’ve been pretty good in mid-distance the last few years.”
Looking towards this year, Anthony said, “We should finish 4-3 to 5-2,” noting that the meets against Manchester and Wethersfield will be very tough.
Anthony has been coaching the team for 25 years. “If you like coaching, this is the best sport,” he said. “I’ve got 51 kids, and you can reach each of them.” The nature of track and field allows the athletes to compete against their individual scores, so that even if a competitor is not the best in the state, he can still work hard and feel good about himself. “We can tell when everyone improves,” said Anthony. “It helps with self-esteem.”
The South Windsor High Schoolboys’ track and field team will host a meet against Windsor High School on Tuesday, May 3, beginning at 3:45 p.m. For more information about the team’s schedule, visit cascaic.org.
Seniors on this year’s team are: Daniel Boudreau, Michael Figueiredo, Brendan Gauthier, Myles Holloway, Evan King, Will Moran, Tajay Morgan, Gregory Morrison, Suraj Nagaraj, Matt Russo and Greg Thompson.
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Brendan Gauthier: Co-captain Brendan Gauthier, a senior, is a year-round long-distance runner. In addition to the outdoor track team, Gauthier is also a member of the cross-country and indoor track teams. He noted that cross-country is more of a conventional sport, with the whole team competing together, whereas in track, the team breaks down into separate events.
Gauthier said he started off as a sprinter and mid-distance runner, but now concentrates on the long-distance track events, including the 800-, 1600- and 3200-meter races.
“We’re actually surprisingly good,” said Gauthier about this year’s team, “with even spread in all events.” The team lost its first meet of the season to Glastonbury High School, and won the second meet against Weaver High School. Speaking about the running events, Gauthier noted that the team lost several mid- and long-distance runners to graduation. “We’re trying to fill those spots with new guys,” he said.
Gauthier’s goal this year is to run the 1600-meter race in under 4:30 and to break 10 minutes for the 3200-meter race. He works toward his goals by incorporating speed workouts during team practice, and then running several miles every day on his own.
Michael Figueiredo: Michael Figueiredo is a sprinter, running in the 100- and 200-meter races, as well as the 4x100 meter relay. He finds that also participating on the indoor track team helps keep his speeds up throughout the year.
Figueiredo, a senior, said his team is usually strongest on the distance events, but with the change of conferences last year, there is tough competition in all the events.
“My time was good, right off the bat,” he said about his races this season. In fact, he has already beaten his best times from last season. He wants to continue improving on his personal records, and is keeping an eye on the school records. “The school records are pretty high up there,” noted Figueiredo.
Figueiredo is co-captain, with Tajay Morgan, for the sprinting events; Danny Boudreau for the mid-distance racers; and Brendan Gauthier leads the long-distance runners.
Will Moran: Senior Will Moran started with the high jump his sophomore year. “I think it’s the most fun event,” said Moran about jumping. “It’s something you can really measure.” Moran brings a positive attitude to practice.
Moran described last year’s team as “good with a lot of deep talent.” He placed second in the high jump competition at the LL division and qualified to compete at the state open.
For this season, Moran said, “My goal was to get 6 feet, and I’ve already achieved that.” At the second meet of the season, he beat his own personal best record by 4 inches. To keep improving, Moran sprints to build out the calf muscles, practices the fundamentals of jumping, and works on his form.