Plainfield boys' track team works on personal best
By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Plainfield - posted Tue., May. 8, 2012
When the Plainfield High School boys' track team lost the first two meets of the 2012 season, they were out of the running for the regular season title. “We're going through a rebuilding phase,” said coach Jeff Parkinson at a recent practice. “We'll be better. We just aren't there yet.”
Parkinson shares the coaching duties with assistants Kevin Grant, Tim Delwig and Chad Nadeau. Because the boys' team dropped out of the running early on, Parkinson decided to train through their meets. He sent the distance runners out on their runs. He sent the sprinters to the weight room, where they lift three days a week. “We're working on prepping them to be successful at the championship,” he said.
The Panthers are stronger in distance than they've been in a long time, according to Parkinson. “Chris Messier is one of the better runners in the state,” he said. “He'll be contending for ECC and state titles.”
But the team isn't as strong as he'd like them to be in all areas. It's the first time in more than five years that the Panthers haven't had a state champion-caliber thrower.
Three sprinters qualified early on in the season for the state championships. Paul Washington qualified in the 200m, Alantte Jusino in the 100m and 200m, and Mason Delorge in the 100m and 200m.
Thrower D.J. Bledsoe qualified for the states. Recently he set a record for javelin with a throw of 160-feet, 8-inches. “We've had a good run, and D.J. is coming on pretty good. He's doing pretty strong in all the events. He's really coming together and he'll be competitive at the state level,” said Parkinson.