Woodstock Academy boys’ track and field looking to expand team’s depth

By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Woodstock - posted Tue., Apr. 24, 2012
Ryan Gerrity practices the shot put. Photos by D. Coffey.
Ryan Gerrity practices the shot put. Photos by D. Coffey.

Twenty-four athletes fill the roster for the Woodstock Academy boys’ track and field team. Coach Leonard Zamborowski would like it if he had a few more competitors, but the ones he does have are a young enthusiastic bunch. “We have a lot of young talent,” he said at a recent practice.

In a meet a few days prior, WA had nine first-place finishers. “It's good,” Zamborowski said, “but we didn't have a lot of seconds and thirds. That's our problem. We have strong performers in a couple of different specialties, but no second- and third-place finishers.”

Co-captains Andrew Budd (javelin and discus) and Dale Thompson (pole vault) lead the young team. Senior Keith Owens is a nationally-ranked sprinter who just set a school record in the 200m. Zamborowski expects that he'll lower that record as well as set the record in the 100m before he's done. It is Owens' first season on the track and field team.

Jake Almquist has been hitting 6-feet, 5-inches in the high jump. He also runs hurdles for the Centaurs. Junior Nate Giamundo has been performing well at pole vault, long jump and triple-jump.

Freshman Matthew Rich is going to be something special, according to Zamborowski. He's run the mile in 5 minutes flat, and the 2-mile in 11:12.

“What we need are more bodies who love the sport of track,” said Zamborowski, “so that we can get some good relay teams and depth that we need. We don't have relay teams. We haven't stopped trying to be competitive in meets, but we are building to make improvements across the board in every athlete. It's not about winning the meets; it's about progression of their times, furthering their throws, and increasing their jumps.”

The biggest challenge Zamborowski faces is building up his young team. “The younger we can get them interested in the sport, the better,” he said. “It's a good way to stay fit throughout life. And you can do it as you get older. The downside is it's not a glamour sport, necessarily. You don't wear fancy uniforms. You don't carry sticks. But its a mental discipline and it’s something where you can compete with yourself, pace yourself, and carry it into adulthood.”

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