Experienced Lyman team looks for personal bests

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Lebanon - posted Mon., May. 9, 2011
Nick McAneny takes off for Lyman in the 4x100 on May 3. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Nick McAneny takes off for Lyman in the 4x100 on May 3. Photos by Melanie Savage.

With 10 seniors on the team, this year’s Lyman Memorial High School boys’ outdoor track program boasts a bit of experience. “We’re stronger in our running field right now,” said head coach Bill Beckwith. “This year, we’re talking to the kids about getting their personal best. Every meet we talk about beating their own personal best times.”

By the April 29 and 30 Ledyard Relays, the team already had several members who had qualified to compete at the state level. Dan Fields, a senior, qualified for both the 3200M and the 4x800 relay. Senior Mike Roy, a team captain, qualified in both the 400M and the 200M. Co-captain Kyle Shaw had qualified for the 800M and the 4x800 relay. Senior Dan Shenkle produced a personal best in the high jump (6’2”) to qualify for states. And senior Jake Alderman qualified in both the 4x800 relay and the 3200M.

At Ledyard, the boys picked up a total of 11 medals spread between eight different competitors. Roy, Jake Alderman, Fields and Shaw picked up second place in the distance medley relay. Fields picked up first place in the 3200M, with his teammate, Alderman, following him in fourth. Shenkle posted his personal best in the high jump and came in second. And the team of Devin McCall, Shenkle, Alex Paris and Ben Kohn picked up a fifth-place finish in the 110 hurdles relay.

The team was scheduled to compete at the Panther Invitational on May 13 at Plainfield High School, beginning at 3:30 p.m.


Coach’s Corner-

This is Bill Beckwith’s fourth year coaching at Lyman Memorial High School. “I’ve been coaching for 10 years total,” he said. Beckwith started coaching the Lyman cross-country program in 2007. “I started last year with track,” he said.

Beckwith feels that the key to the 2011 season will be coaching his competitors to reach their full potential. “Every meet, we talk about beating their own personal best times,” he said.


Seniors: Brandon Spratt, AJ Chalifoux, Dan Fields, Jake Gluck, Alex Paris, Mike Roy, Kyle Shaw, Dan Shenkle, John Laneand Jake Alderman.


Spotlight Players-

This is Dan Fields’ fourth year competing on the Lyman team. “He’s a very good cross-country runner,” said coach Bill Beckwith.

Kyle Shaw comes in behind Dan Fields as the second-strongest cross-country runner on the team. “He has focused on the 800 this year,” said Beckwith. Shaw runs the mile, the 4x800, and helps out with the 4x400.

Dan Shenkel is a talented high jumper. “He has cleared 6’2” this year,” said Beckwith, “which is a personal best for him.”

Mike Roy is coming off an injury this year. “He’s just recovering from that now,” said Beckwith. Roy competes in sprints to mid-distance races for Lyman.

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