RHAM looks ahead to strong finish, strong future

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Hebron - posted Tue., May. 8, 2012
Junior Rachel Bourassa competes in the long jump for RHAM on May 5 at Middletown High School. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Junior Rachel Bourassa competes in the long jump for RHAM on May 5 at Middletown High School. Photos by Melanie Savage.

According to Brad Dake, one of the assistant coaches for the RHAM High School track and field teams, this year’s girls’ team is young and relatively inexperienced. “We have a lot of good freshman talent to fill in spots where we lost athletes,” said Dake, at the Middletown Invite varsity meet on May 5. “We’re a young team. I like that because we’re going to be a force in years to come.”

Strengths for the 2011-12 team include jumps and distance races. Sophomore Chrissy Bendzenski is a strong distance runner for the team, and placed third for RHAM in the 1600 meter at Middletown with a time of 5:10. Senior co-captain Alicia Tripoli is doing well in the long jump and triple jump, according to the coach. “She picked up the javelin this year and is doing well,” said Dake.

Tripoli’s co-captain, senior Emily Ezerins, is a strong contender in both the discus and the shot put. At Middletown, Ezerins placed third in shot and second in discus.

“We plan on winning states,” said Dake, pointing out that the RHAM team has several strong relay teams, as well. At Middletown, the 4 x 800 meter relay team of Heather Eldridge, Kristen Jovanelly, Alexis Kurtz and Corrine Cannon took second place. The team of Chrissy Bendzinski, Katie Landrey, Kristen Jovanelly and Kat Titterton took fifth place in the 4 x 400 meter relay.

Dake said that freshman sprinter Kaylee Danaher also shows a lot of promise and is expected to improve as the season progresses.

The RHAM boys’ track and field head coach is Mark Law. Tom Hammon is the head coach for the girls’ team. In addition to Dake, Sean Law and Jennifer Person serve as assistant coaches for the program.


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