KHS indoor track team prepares for season
By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Killingly - posted Thu., Dec. 20, 2012
Coach Todd Zagurski and assistant coach Gary Zenowitz watched over their indoor track team doing agility skills in the gym last week. The two men will oversee a six-meet season with 35 athletes, a number Zagurski calls comfortable. He's had seasons with 15 athletes and seasons with 60 athletes. “Thirty-five is a good strong number,” he said.
His athletes have spent the early part of the season on agility drills, building speed as well as endurance. Jump drills, power squats and stair workouts have been de rigueur. “Now that we have three floors at the high school, the kids are running all the way up three floors of stairs, skipping a step at a time, doing a loop three times without stopping,” the coach said. “After a short break, they do it all over again. I'm always increasing the difficulty of practices. But there is no substitution for running on a real track surface.”
Zagurski promised the team that any days the temperature is above 40 degrees, they'll be outside. “As long as the weather permits and there is no snow on the track, I tell them to bring their warm clothes,” he said.
The team will be captained by seniors Alex Mayo, Kurt Menard, Victoria Ferland and junior Lily Orr. Seniors Josh Beaupre, Maddie Bonfiglio, Valerie Santerre, Kendra Kendrick and junior Heather Curran round out the top returners. Zagurski expects junior Corey King, who is new to indoor track, to be a strong contender this year.
The Redmen and Redgals look good in the sprints. Mayo is a strong contender in the 55-meter. “Last year he was the ECC champion in both the 100-meter and 200-meter races,” Zagurski said. “He's hoping to extend that by performing well in the 55-meter and the long jump. He will be one of the top long jumpers in the ECC this year.”
Curran, Menard and Beaupre look strong in the 300-meter. Redgals Ferland, Bonfiglio and Santerre promise to be strong in the long jump. Ferland has already qualified for the states in the long jump, and Zagurski expects more than a dozen athletes to qualify for the states by the end of the season.