Stafford High School track off and running
By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Stafford - posted Wed., Apr. 18, 2012
While 30th anniversaries are traditionally celebrated with pearls, Stafford High School track and field coach Mark Dunn prefers to recognize his 30-year tenure without jewels or fanfare. He began the season exactly the same as the previous 29: focused on producing high-caliber athletes and team pride.
“We have 13 athletes on the boys’ team this season and 30 on the girls,’” Dunn said. Assisting in grooming this year’s squad are coaches Rachel Caneen, Samantha Landry, Tyler Murray and Rob Ruick, and managers Megan Watkinson and Katie Ouelette.
In 2011, the boys’ team finished at 2-10, while the girls’ came in at 8-4. “The girls’ team is very young and has returning talent,” Dunn said of the 2012 roster. “I expect big performances from Amanda Jacobsen (Jr.) in pole vault and Kianna Woods (Jr.) in triple jump.” On the boys’ side, Dunn looks to junior captain Evan Cummins. “I expect Evan to do well in both the in 110 and 300 hurdles,” the coach said.
Fortunate to have a strong list of returning seniors, Dunn looks for leadership from Lou Arruda, Charles Cormier, Tom Maynard, Brian Nosal, Jesse Scroggins, Vivian Ojeda (C), Karen Shirk and Shaina Wilson (C). A third-year team member, junior Jen Bourque was also named a captain.
“Our own Stafford Rotary Invitational [April 27] as well as the NCCC Conference Championship will be a good test of our talent this season,” Dunn said. “These are good competitions for our better athletes.”
Giving back to those in need is a critical component to Stafford’s team philosophy. “The team participates in American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life in South Windsor at the end of the season,” Dunn said. The Relay for Life, held at South Windsor High School on June 8-9, raises funds and awareness in the fight against cancer. Registration information is located at www.relayforlife.org.
A full Stafford track and field schedule can be found at www.casciac.org.