Boys' track team filling out roles before final meets

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Fri., Jan. 18, 2013
Sean Miller clears the bar in a GHS home meet on Jan. 3. Photos by Steve Smith.
Sean Miller clears the bar in a GHS home meet on Jan. 3. Photos by Steve Smith.

Like their female counterparts, the Glastonbury High School boys' track team will be relying on depth to take the team to the Class LL and state meets at the end of the season. Coach Tracey Hollenbaugh said the team has qualified athletes in almost all events, and they should be able to close that gap soon.

A few standouts include senior Hayes Watson, who is a multi-event athlete, including pole vault and sprinting. “He's part of a 4x400 that should be close to winning conference,” Hollenbaugh said, adding that runners Jack Ostrowski, Evan Hassett and Brock Hassett round out that relay squad that could potentially break records.

“We're going to try a pentathlon with him [Watson] at the end of the year, and I'm excited to see what he can do in the decathlon. He's not best in the state at any one thing, but he's so good at a lot of things.”

“The Hassetts are in their first year doing track, and they could help break our indoor record,” Hollenbaugh said. “Ostrowski will probably be in the top three in the 600-meters and top six in the LL.” Ostrowski's best time so far is 1:27.84 in the 600-meters.

Senior shot-putter Jack Walles is also expected to crack the top three at the state and conference meets.

Senior Thomas Xu is expected to qualify in hurdles at one of the team's next meets.

Hollenbaugh said she will be interested to see the growth of the younger athletes the rest of the season, as many have already come far this year.

“We have a lot of depth,” Hollenbaugh said. “We've got a lot of young kids who are just kind of figuring it out and having good performances. Out distance group is very good. We have a lot of talent coming up, and just enough meets left where they can do something.”

At press time, the team was headed to the Yale Invitational on Jan. 18-19, and then will host a home meet on Jan. 24 before the CCC championship at Hillhouse on Jan. 26.

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


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