Track Wolverines gearing up for ECCs, States

By Janice Steinhagen - Staff Writer
Griswold - posted Tue., May. 15, 2012
(L-r) Sean Svab and Derek Ward bring it on home to the finish line in a distance run at the Griswold track. Photos by Janice Steinhagen.
(L-r) Sean Svab and Derek Ward bring it on home to the finish line in a distance run at the Griswold track. Photos by Janice Steinhagen.

The Wolverine boys’ track and field team may be small, but it packs a punch, according to coach Jamie Bruno. “There’s not a lot of bodies, but the ones we have are doing well,” he said. From an initial group of 40 or so contenders, the pack has winnowed down to about two dozen. “For some kids, [the sport] didn’t work out for them; other kids had conflicts. It happens every year,” he said.

Among Bruno’s standouts is senior Brian Beckwith, the team’s sole hurdler, who recently broke the school record in the 300-meter hurdles at 40.99, after coming within .23 seconds of the record last year. “He should be among the tops in the state in hurdles,” said Bruno.

Fellow senior Kyle Craig and junior Adam Rock, both of whom throw discus and shot, are also expected to perform well at the Eastern Connecticut Conference championships this weekend at Fitch High School, “and should be in the mix at States, too,” said Bruno. Other Wolverines expected to make an impressive showing in the end-of-year meets are senior distance runner Mark Mackin, who runs the mile and 2-mile races; Anthony Boyington, who does both long jump and triple jump; and Tyler Longolucco, a sophomore who has already qualified for the States in the 400-meter race with a time of 53.4.

Bruno said that a couple of newbies have surprised him this season, notably freshmen Sean Svab and Brock Kraemer, who run the 4 x 400-meter relay, and Kyle Davis, also a freshman, who has qualified for States in the 200-meter race and who recently broke a time of five minutes in his mile run. “We definitely have some promising young guys,” he said.

The Class M track championships will be held May 29 in New Britain. Looking ahead to next year, Bruno said he’d like to beef up participation in the field events and hurdles, which currently have some open slots.


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