MHS boys' track has 10th undefeated season in 12 years
By Martha Marteney - Staff Writer
Manchester - posted Thu., May. 26, 2011
Thayer Redman has been with the Manchester High School boys’ track team for 16 years and has been its head coach since 2000. This year, the team is undefeated in the regular season, earning the division title.
“This is our 10th undefeated season in the last 12 years,” said Redman. “We have really great kids,” he added, “and they teach the younger kids what it means to be dedicated and work hard.”
“The seniors have been great leaders and the younger classmen have stepped up,” said Redman, noting that these are the reasons for this year’s success. “They’re wonderful young men. They’re fun to coach.”
Redman named Zac Philbrick as one of the key athletes on the team, who runs in every event. Brian Boudreau and Kodjo Erasmus, he said, are the team’s best hurdlers.
Some 15 athletes qualified to compete in the state tournament. “I told the kids, there’s great history at Manchester,” said Redman, “and now they’re a part of that.” Redman said Chris Turner and Christian Broome both did a great job of jumping for the team, and Taylor Johnson led the team in discus.
Senior Algeridon Johnson is All-Conference for the 100- and 200-meter race. “He’s a great man and has really worked hard all four years,” said Redman. “He’s really starting to see the rewards.”
Senior Zac Philbrick, who runs the 400-meter race and the 4x100 and the 4x400 relays, qualified to compete in the state tournament for the 4x400 relay. “It’s been going well,” said Philbrick about the season, “a little more improvement than last year.”
Senior Brian Boudreau qualified for the state tournament in all his events, including 110- and 300-meter hurdles and the 4x400 meter relay. He has been with the team since his freshman year. Although the team is made up of different people each year, this year he saw that all the team members stepped up. Hitting the end of his high school career, Boudreau said, “You try to stay relaxed, but still, it could be my last meet.”
Previously a soccer player, junior Kodjo Erasmus never ran track before this year. “This is my first time hurdling,” said Erasmus, explaining that he tried the hurdles on a dare. “It’s been a wonderful experience.” He has qualified for the state tournament in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles. “It’s going to be tough, but I’m training hard,” he said.