Hornets girls varsity track team one of the largest in recent seasons

By Frances Taylor - Staff Writer
East Hartford - posted Fri., Apr. 13, 2012
Kaysha Staples and Kim Carrasquillo doing strengthening exercises during track practice.
Kaysha Staples and Kim Carrasquillo doing strengthening exercises during track practice.

The East Hartford High School girls' varsity track team will feature one of the largest teams the school has had in recent years, and one with several players that have already qualified for the state championships after three meets. “We've had 50 girls turn out for the team this year, which was a nice surprise,” said coach Mark Brown. The team has already had meets against Capital Prep and Manchester High School.

Having a large team puts them in a better position to compete against the larger schools, said Kaysha Staples, a senior captain on the girls' team. “We will be in a position to compete against the really large schools like Glastonbury, Wethersfield, Windsor,” Staples said. “We will be able to really go the distance against those kind of schools.”

Brown calls this year's team “impressive.” “We've had two runners already qualify for the states in the 200-meter, and the relay team has qualified in the 4x100,'' he said. “It’s a very good start.''

After an hour spent on the track, Brown brought the team inside the gym to work on bio-metric conditioning, which he said trains various muscle groups that runners use to explode off the starting blocks or to jump hurdles. “It’s the same kinds of movement and muscle groups they will rely on in competition,'' Brown said.

In addition to senior runners such as Staples and co-captain Kim Carrasquillo, Brown noted that freshman runners Teona Diaz, Alissa Lachasse and Tajhia Bowen are already performing well. “We are deep when it comes to sprinters with a team this big.”

With only three returning seniors, Carrasquillo said others have stepped up to meet the challenge. “It’s nice to see the juniors and the other veterans really step up,” Carrasquillo said. “We have a lot of really good potential.”

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