EHHS boys' track team filled with talent
By Frances Taylor - Staff Writer
East Hartford - posted Fri., Apr. 22, 2011
Coach Matthew Shay is encouraged by the talent he has seen on his team this year. Though many of the players are freshman and sophomores, Shay said the East Hartford High Schoolboys’ track team overall has excellent athletes who could propel the team into championships in the seasons to come.
“The team is not as large this year as it was last year – we lost a couple of guys because of grades – but our main goal is to score a lot of points at the states to get in the top tier,'' said Shay. East Hartford recently lost its meet against Manchester April 12.
Shay is in his fourth season as coach, and has been coach of both indoor and outdoor varsity track. His assistant coach is Dan Bertzos. A number of players on the track team are all-around athletes who also play on other sports teams, Shay said.
“Jamal Fruster, one of our senior captains, has already qualified for the states, and he is ranked 13th in the state. Kris Williams, another senior captain, also wrestles and plays football. He is very fast and has qualified in the 200,'' Shay said.
Despite the early-season loss, many on the team have already qualified for the state championships, as well. “We have Brian Robinson, a junior, who has qualified for states 100, 200 and 4x100; we have two freshman, DeMarc Burrell and Kurt Lungrin, who were first and third in the middle school championships last year; we also have Ronnie Anderson, a junior and Carlton Steer, a sophomore, who have qualified for javelin and shot-put.''
EHHS Boys’ Varsity Track Coach Mathew Shay
Third season with the team.
“This is the best team I have had since I have been here,” Shay said. “We have a lot of young guys who are really fast, and the future over the next few years should be really nice for us.''
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Jamal Fruster – Senior, Captain – 400, 200 meter races, 4x800, 4x400 – “We're looking very good right now. We lost a meet, but I'm not worried about it, because we have a good team and we just keep going,” he said. “I qualified for the 200 and the 400, and I want to be the one that breaks the school record in the 400.”
Kris Williams – Senior, Captain - 100, 200 meter races, 4x100, long jump - “We've been doing well. We have teamwork and a lot of team unity,” he said. “I missed qualifying in the 200 by a tenth of a second, so I expect that will qualify in the next meet. I was two inches short of a record in the long jump, so I expect to break that, and we want to break the school record in the 4x100 this year, as well.”