New facility spurs new interest for E.O. Smith track and field
By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Storrs - posted Tue., May. 8, 2012
E.O. Smith High School boys’ track and field head coach Greg Tutolo said that the completion of the school’s new athletic facility has led to an increased interest in the program. “We’ve had a lot of new kids come out,” said Tutolo, at the Middletown Invite varsity meet on May 5. “We’ve got some inexperienced competitors, but we’re really picking it up.”
Previously, the track teams were bused to Windham Middle School or Eastern Connecticut State University for practices. Now they can just walk right out to their own facility. “No more busing,” said Tutolo. Asked if the new facility meant the potential for big improvements for the team, Tutolo said, “Oh, absolutely.”
Tutolo said that strengths for the team include the 400-meter run, distance races and the pole vault, with the high jump showing consistent improvement. Asked about the team’s goals for the season, Tutolo said, “We’d like to get some of the younger members into field events.”
The captains for this year’s E.O. Smith boys’ track and field team are senior Robert English (400-meter, 800-meter and 4 x 400) and senior Zac Cirelli (pole vault).
Kent Grisamer picked up a third-place finish in the 400-meter dash for E.O. Smith at Middletown. The team of James Kloss, Jack Phillips, John Estes and Nathaniel Picard-Busky finished third in the 4 x 800-meter relay. Lee Aggison picked up a fifth-place finish in the high jump. Zac Cirelli shared a three-way tie for a fifth-place finish in the pole vault.
For the E.O. Smith girls, Mary O’Neil picked up a fifth-place finish in the 800-meter run at Middletown. Amy Taintor finished fourth in the long jump.