Redgals track team splits with Plainfield and Tourtellotte

By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Killingly - posted Tue., May. 3, 2011
Lily Orr runs the first leg of the 4x4 relay. Photos by D. Coffey.
Lily Orr runs the first leg of the 4x4 relay. Photos by D. Coffey.

The Killingly High School girls’ track team competed in an opening day triple dual on April 26, with Plainfield and Tourtellotte. The Redgals beat Tourtellotte 78-58, but lost to a stronger Plainfield team, 116-30.

“We’re smack dab in the middle of the ECC medium,” coach Todd Zagurski said. “There are a couple of teams [Plainfield and Montville] that are consistently strong. There are other teams we can beat. Whether we will or not remains to be seen. We fall right in the middle, and it’s been that way for years.”

The Redgals field a team with only five seniors. There are a lot of freshmen and sophomores and “a good chunk of juniors” returning, according to Zagurski. With such a young team, he will have years to build up a more competitive team.

“It’s a numbers game,” Zagurski said, “and our numbers hurt us. Plainfield had almost 40 girls running for them. We have 25 girls.” He hopes the new track facility will encourage interest, so that more people join next year.

“Our team is strongest in sprints and mid-distance,” Zagurski said. “The 100-meter, 200-meter, 400-meter and 800-meter. We’ve lost some long-distance people. We’re starting to come back in the jumping and the throwing events. We had some really good people last year that left at graduation, so we are rebuilding in those areas.”

“The relays are strong, but they’re also young,” he said. The good news is that they’ll have years to perfect their techniques and times.

Zagurski believes the new facility will help get more students interested in track. More people will watch and get excited about what they see. He’s hoping word of mouth gets more people to come to the meets. “It’s too late in the season to join now,” Zagurski said, “but for next year, especially with indoor track season and the outdoor track season, we should be able to get some more kids out here.

 

Coach’s Corner-

Killingly High School Girls’ Track Head Coach Todd Zagurski

Seasons with the team: 2

Thoughts on the season: "Track and field is a very open, very supportive kind of sport. You compete as a team, but you also compete as individuals. It’s not a scoreboard type meet, where you see the score as it’s happening. No one really knows the results until it’s finished. They don’t see a number on the board and get defeated by it," said coach Zagurski.

 

Seniors: Cassaundra Frabutt, Christine Gagnon, Josie Kemp, Katelyn Morrissette and Haley Thatcher.

 

Spotlight Players: The 4X4 Relay Team-

1st leg: Lily Orr; 2nd leg: Hannah Fillmore; 3rd leg: Ijah Culbert; 4th leg: Heather Curran.

The team finished at 5:04:60, with Hannah Fillmore posting a personal improvement in the event.

Orr finished at 1:11:34; Fillmore with 1:19:73; Culbert with 1:16:13; and Curran with 1:15.


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