Windham Tech track team off to a strong start
By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Region - posted Wed., May. 4, 2011
This year's Windham Tech High School boys’ outdoor track team boasts lots of experience and talent. "We got most everybody back this year," said head coach Rich Zadroga. "It's the biggest squad in the team's history."
With more than 30 members total, the team has five experienced seniors and a number of talented younger members. "Sprints, jumps and throws are our strong areas," said Zadroga. "We're contenders in our conference. We're one of the top teams."
As of May 3, the team already had a number of members who had qualified for state-level competition: junior Glenwood King, 100 meters; senior Nick Follansbee, javelin and discus; junior Chris Maheu, shotput; junior Mikhail Arroyo, triple jump and long jump; sophomore Greg Freiman, triple jump and intermediate hurdles; and senior Dan Iturrino, long jump and triple jump.
Arroyo, in particular, is a standout member. "He's just a tremendous athlete," said Zadroga.
"We want to contend for the conference title," said Zadroga, "and also get a lot of state meet experience."
Rich Zadroga has been involved with the Windham Tech track team for decades. "Between JV and varsity, I've been coaching since 1980," he said. Zadroga is assisted by Chris Morgan. Both coaches have been involved in track for years, and were high school and college competitors.
After 32 seasons at Windham Tech, Zadroga is as dedicated as ever. "He works very hard to make the team run smoothly," said Amanda Pearce, one of the captains of the girls’ team. "He puts a lot of his own time and money into this," said co-captain Carissa Baxter. "He puts us first, like family."
Seniors: Dan Iturrino, Nick Follansbee, Nate Nohmy, Jason Chilly and Nate Swart.
Junior Chad Pelleran, senior Dan Iturrino and senior Nick Follansbee are the captains for this year’s Windham Tech boys' outdoor track team. All three have been involved with the track program since their freshman year. Iturrino has been competing since the eighth grade. Pelleran has plans to enter the military after graduation. Iturrino and Follansbee are still undecided about their plans for next year, but would like to continue competing in track if the situation allows.