East Granby High School track and field team charges into season
By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
East Granby - posted Wed., Apr. 25, 2012
East Granby High School is one of the smallest schools in the NCCC, but spectators at Crusaders’ track and field meets would never believe it. A record-high 42 student-athletes comprise this year’s roster, each contributing unique skills and high levels of enthusiasm.
Sharing the coaching duties, Dave Mendrala and Sarah Carney are looking forward to a strong, building season. “We want to see our players achieve their personal best,” Carney said. “Whether that means qualifying [for the 2012 state tournament] or just becoming faster or running, throwing or jumping farther, we would like to see over three-quarters of our team qualify for the NCCCs.” In her role as team manager, Shelby Snyder is keeping East Granby organized.
“We have a very big team this year for us at 42 kids,” Carney explained. “With our numbers, we are able to do more and have some natural talents that, when developed, will produce some outstanding results. We do have a young team though, so it is a building year for us.”
In 2011, the Crusaders finished at 2-11. Looking to build momentum and increase individual performances, Carney will call on the leadership skills of seniors Matt Plante, Chance Butler, Sean Rosenberger, Sam Worcester, Caroline Roohr and Caroline Eastman.
“Our team strength will be in the hurdles and jumps, where Butler and Plante lead the way,” Carney said. Butler, an accomplished long-jumper and Plante, a top finisher in the 110m hurdles, each set the same early season goal: post-season qualification. Additionally, Carney expects a stand-out season for Sean Rosenberger in the 400 meters.
When asked for the best head-to-head competition on East Granby’s schedule, Carney singled out Windsor Locks (May 1), Bolton and Enfield. “These teams will be a good test for our abilities because we match up well with them,” Carney said.
A full East Granby track and field schedule can be found at www.casciac.org.