South Windsor High boys' track coach: We'll bring more to States this year

By Christian Mysliwiec - Staff Writer
South Windsor - posted Wed., Apr. 24, 2013
Robert Sanchez gains some air for the South Windsor boys' track team during the triple jump. Photos by Christian Mysliwiec.
Robert Sanchez gains some air for the South Windsor boys' track team during the triple jump. Photos by Christian Mysliwiec.

Numbers are up this season on the South Windsor High School boys' track team, and the quality of athletes is stronger than last year, according to the team's coach. “We'll bring more to the State meet than last year,” said Head Coach Peter Anthony. Yet despite the higher numbers, Anthony has modest expectations for the team overall, as they compete in a conference that is home to regional powerhouses. “We don't have enough to run with the big boys like Glastonbury and Manchester,” he said.

Anthony plans to focus on personal bests and individual improvements this spring, and to see where that brings the team overall. “I'm not so stressed out about trying to win the conference,” he said. “We have our good kids who will go to the big meets and do well.” He expects to bring some athletes to the Conference meet, and some to the State meet as well.

In a team with a lot of newcomers, Anthony plans to spend a good amount of his energy investing in younger athletes and helping them find their event. This investment could pay off in later years – he notes that when younger athletes find the event they like and work hard within it, they end up being valuable to the team by senior year.

Alongside the newcomers are returning athletes who add some depth to the team, especially in the longer distance runs. Anthony has a solid runner in Ethan Gasta. “Ethan was my number one cross-country runner, and was first in our conference,” he said.

While throwing is not the team's strength, Anthony points out returning discus thrower James Dougenik, who threw 118 feet by the end of the season last year. “We're hoping to see him back in there,” said Anthony.

Anthony acknowledges that South Windsor “is not known for sprinters.” Nonetheless, he has positive expectations for the 4x100 relay, which will include Jeffrey Allen, Ryan Taylor, Cesar Rodriguez and Ethan Gasta this year. While the four may not be at the level of schools like Wethersfield High, whom they lost to the prior week, he believes that with Taylor anchoring, South Windsor should be competitive throughout the season.

New or experienced, Anthony hopes to drive all the athletes to improve. “Our coaches' motto is 'pay as much attention to the best guy on the team as the guy who is not so good,'” he said.

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