Glastonbury High School boys' track team creating well-rounded athletes
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Fri., May. 3, 2013
The Glastonbury High School boys' track team is not short on numbers, with more than 100 athletes competing this year. GHS athletes are qualified for post-season meets in most events, and some of the emphasis at mid-season is on improving times.
Top GHS distance runners include Pat and Ryan Shiring, Randy Neish, Ricky Anderson and Gabe Julien. Coach Tracey Hollenbaugh said the team is strongest in the longer races (800 to 3,200 meters).
Sprinters include Kevin and Chris Connor, Alex Tow, Brock Hassett and Tyler Ambrose, along with hurdlers Tom Xu and Robbie Armentano. Andrew Olson recently qualified in the discus, and Jack Walles is the team's shot-put specialist. Pole-vaulter Hayes Watson is qualified for the state meet, and several others are in for the conference meet, including Pat Williams, Phil Bayer and Chad Allen.
Hollenbaugh said the focus is on the mental aspects of competing, as well as cross-training athletes in different events. “We're trying to get them to be more versatile,” she said. “I'm trying to get them to believe that they can do more events and just be contributing in a lot of different ways.”
That generalist mentality is sinking in, at least with some. “I think some of them are buying into it,” Hollenbaugh said. “We're solid all around, and we have some kids that are very high-ranked in the state, but we don't have that one superstar. So, that may be where we struggle a little bit, but we are very deep.”
The future also looks bright, with many younger athletes on the team. Brock Hasset and Alex Tow are the team's best sprinters. Both are freshmen.
“That's huge,” Hollenbaugh said. “We have lots of younger kids who will contribute for years to come.”
The team heads to the Irv Black Invitational on May 3-4 and then on to South Windsor on May 7. For a complete schedule, visit www.casciac.org.