Windham Tech track hopes to make a mark in post-season
By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Windham - posted Tue., May. 22, 2012
Brandon Strout took over coaching the girls’ Windham Tech outdoor track and field team this year. “We’ve got a relatively young team,” said Strout. With only two seniors, the team is heavy on juniors and sophomores and light on freshmen. “There’s no depth, but we have some talent in all of the events,” said Strout.
As of May 19, the Mighty Tigers had five athletes qualifying to compete as individuals at the state tournament: sophomore Alyssa Pearce (3200 meter); sophomore Kara Thibodeau (long jump, high jump); junior Ana Garay (800 meter); junior Danielle O’Connor (high jump); and senior Carissa Baxter (pole vault). “So we’re bringing a few with us to states,” said Strout. Sophomore Juliana DeVito, competing in shot put, was “real close to qualifying for states,” with two meets left in the season, said Strout.
Seniors on this year’s Windham Tech girls’ outdoor track team are Carissa Baxter (pole vault) and Amanda Pearce (discus).
According to head coach Rich Zadroga, this year’s Windham Tech boys’ outdoor track and field team is “the most senior-laden team in the history of the program.” With 11 seniors, “it’s a mature, well-seasoned group of athletes,” said Zadroga. The team’s strength lies “up the middle,” said Zadroga, with strong competitors in a number of different events. The coach said 800-meter runner Chad Pellerin is “one of the best in the area.” At 1:57.36, Pellerin’s qualifying time in the 800 is the second-highest in Division M, and within the top 10 in the state.
Windham Tech finished the regular season with a 9-1 record, and hopes to compete for the title at the conference level. Qualifying to compete at the state level as of May 19 were: Chad Pellerin (800 meter); Glenwood King (100 meter, 200 meter); Greg Freiman (110 hurdles, triple jump); Joe Mott (pole vault); Colton Zima (long jump). The 4 x 100 team comprised of Glenwood King, Brent Payne, Kevin Hernandez and Damon Vega also qualified, as did the 4 x 400 team comprised of King, Payne, Hernandez and Pellerin.
The seniors on this year’s Windham Tech boys’ track team are Tyler Filiault (throws), Chris Maheu (throws), Ben Sewell (throws), Joel Padraza (throws), Brent Payne (sprints), Chad Pellerin (mid-distance), Joe Mott (pole vault), Glenwood King (sprints), Kevin Hernandez (sprints), Sean Kivney (throws) and Kaleb Potter-Rivera (distance).