Glastonbury girls' track team readying for state meets

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Fri., May. 10, 2013
Glastonbury's Marylin Bonham clears the last hurdle in the meet vs. South Windsor on May 7. Photos by Steve Smith.
Glastonbury's Marylin Bonham clears the last hurdle in the meet vs. South Windsor on May 7. Photos by Steve Smith.

The Glastonbury High School girls' track team is, as usual, strong in numbers and qualifying athletes in nearly all of the events for the Class LL and state open meets.

Coach Brian Collins said that unlike in past years, there are fewer superstars, but more quality across the board.

Among many notables are Briona Wallace, Kristen Arborio and Cacie Rosario in the shorter distances. Discus-thrower and shot-putter Rachel Peterson is near the top of the state rankings in both events.  Eleanor Freeland routinely clears 5 feet in the high jump.
A few of the team members have qualified for the national meets, as well.

The 4x800 team is one of the state's fastest, Collins said, and could potentially win the final meet.

“The next few weeks will be really interesting,” he said.

At this point in the season, with many already qualified, many meets are used as workouts in order to get the competitors ready for the year-end meets, and get a few more qualified, Collins said. But that also opens the opportunities for experimenting with athletes in new events, which can add to the team's depth as well providing some cross-training.

“They can do different things, and get them more prepared,” Collins said, adding that the cross-event athletes help provide team flexibility at the large, year-end meets, which are just a couple of short weeks away.

The future of the team is also in good hands, with several freshmen already making a mark.

“We have a good young group. A lot of them are new, and just coming around now, and a lot of them will be special in the future,” Collins said. “We're encouraging them to try a few different things to find out what their best area will be. It's still trial and error for us right now.”

The team will take part in the Greater Hartford Invitational on May 11 and then host Wethersfield on May 14.

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