Track teams fare well at state open

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Thu., Feb. 21, 2013
Hayes Watson leads his team off in the 4 x 800-meter relay. Photos by Steve Smith.
Hayes Watson leads his team off in the 4 x 800-meter relay. Photos by Steve Smith.

The Glastonbury High School track teams will again be sending several athletes to the New England Regionals, after competing at the state open on Feb. 19, in New Haven.

The boys' 4 x 800 team scored its best time of the season with 8:10.42, while the 4 x 400 team was within two-tenths of a second from its best time, at 3:30.97. The team had established a new school record of 3:30.74 at the Class LL meet on Feb. 16. It qualified in both events for the regionals, which take place March 2.

The girls' team competed in eight events, and qualified in four. The girls' 4 x 200 and 4 x 400 teams also ran their best times of the season.

Kaitlyn Hebert ran the 3200-meter race and beat her best time by about 8 seconds. Glastonbury shot-puttter Rachel Peterson broke her previous record by a foot, with a distance of 37 feet, .5 inches.

“The other girls' performances were good, but at this level it's tough to crack that top six,” said girls' track coach Brian Collins. “It was a good season, and they finished well. It's a nice way to end the season for them.” Collins added that the girls’ team finished third in the Class LL meet on Feb. 16, and has finished in the top three for nine consecutive years.

“It's a really great group of kids,” said boys' coach Tracey Hollenbaugh, adding that some younger athletes have contributed this year, including freshman Randall Neish on the 4 x 800 team.

Junior Hayes Watson, Hollenbaugh said, is new to running the 4x800, but leads the relay, because he's such a “well-rounded athlete.”

The 4 x 400 is led by freshman Brock Hassett, because it's a different type of race. “It's two laps, so you want him to run kind of scared,” Hollenbaugh said. “You put your veterans toward the end, because that race gets progressively faster.”

“There are a lot of great dynamics within each relay,” she said.

Both Collins and Hollenbaugh said their teams recognize the sense of tradition in the track program and hold themselves to high standards.

“They know what the kids have done in the past,” Collins said. “They know the tradition and want to do the best to keep it going, and have people remember who they are.”

“They're a testament to that – if you keep your nose to the grindstone, good things happen,” Hollenbaugh said.

For complete scores from the state open and Class LL meets, visit

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