Strength of GHS girls' track is in numbers

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Tue., Jan. 8, 2013
Jill Chevalier competes in the hurdles at the GHS home meet on Jan. 3. Photos by Steve Smith.
Jill Chevalier competes in the hurdles at the GHS home meet on Jan. 3. Photos by Steve Smith.

With more than 100 athletes, Glastonbury High School's girls' indoor track team has no shortage of numbers. This year, instead of having superstars in a few events, the team will be relying on its overall depth to compete in the class and state meets at the end of season.

The team has already qualified athletes for every event (14) at the Class LL meet, and is working on developing their strengths, as well as those of the next tier. “Some are going to be harder to score than others,” said coach Brian Collins. “We were more top-heavy last year, but we have some very good athletes in each of the areas. We're going to depend more on our depth now, and more athletes scoring instead of on one or two getting first place.”

Work between now and the end-of-season meets is possibly more mental than physical, Collins said, adding that that is what he and his coaching staff are working on. “Some of them who are relatively new aren't quite sure of what they can do yet,” he said. “Once they see that, they see that the hard work they have put in has helped them, and that the hard work that the kids who graduated did paid off. There are a lot of kids out there who are very talented, but they just don't know how good they can be. If something goes wrong, they have to be prepared for that and make adjustments.”

Collins said he talks with groups (by event) and individuals within the team about how to deal with things, mentally, and to address the needs of each one. “The situation is the same for most of them, but some are more mentally healthy than others,” he said. “A lot of people have the same talent and same ability level, but it's just who wants it more.”

While working toward the end of the season, Collins said he's also hoping to cross-train his athletes. “I like to get kids qualified in two or three events,” he said. “Sometimes, you find out what their strengths are. If they are a sprinter, are they better in the 55-meter, the 300 or the 600? Then you have to factor in the relays and figure what they are stronger at. The rest of this season we'll be working on the strengths of these kids, fine-tuning their strengths and finding out where they are going to help the team and themselves.”

The team will head to the Yale Invitational on Jan. 18 and 19, and then a home meet on Jan. 24, before the CCC Championship on Jan. 26.

For a complete schedule, visit www.casciac.org.


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