GHS boys track team looks for another big year

By Ivan Ramos-King
Glastonbury - posted Wed., Dec. 18, 2013
Jack Walles hopes to top his own shot put distances this season. File photos by Steve Smith.
Jack Walles hopes to top his own shot put distances this season. File photos by Steve Smith.

The Glastonbury High School boys' indoor track team is looking forward to another exciting season where they hope to improve upon their third-place finish in the CCC and 11th-place finish in Class LL from last season.

Coach Tracey Hollenbaugh said she is looking forward to the season and what the boys will be able to accomplish. "We have many veterans as well as newcomers that are anxious to see what they can do this year," Hollenbaugh said.

The team has brought back some top talent from last year as well as acquired a hungry crew of new members who aspire to do big things.

Randall “The Animal” Neish is perhaps one of the most promising members of the team. A sophomore, Neish comes into this indoor season riding his 2013 successes, which included winning the Freshman Mile at Outdoor Nationals and recently earning an 11th-place finish at the New England Cross Country Championships.

The future is bright for Glastonbury middle- and long-distance running, with Neish leading the way and senior Tom Chamberlin tearing up the track not far behind. Chamberlin will play an important role in the success of Glastonbury this season and has the ability to score crucial points at the Central Connecticut Conference meet.

Senior Robby Armentano will help Glastonbury with his versatility this season. He will be able to perform for the team in the long jump, 55-meter dash, 55-meter hurdles and 4x400-meter race.

The throwing duo of Jack Walles and Andrew “Big O” Olson will be hitting this indoor season with full force. Both Walles and Olson look to make mincemeat of their previous bests in the shot put.

In the sprints, Evan Hassett and Brock Hassett will be back and ready to get work done. They will be able to score not only as individuals but also in relays. The Hassett brothers were both members of last year’s 4x400 meter team that was able to earn All-New England honors and break Glastonbury’s school record.

Mark Wiedemer is also one to look out for this year. The senior will be adding the pole vault to his repertoire in the hopes that he will be able to make an even bigger impact on the team’s success.  Wiedemer will be adding the long, triple jump and high jump, as he also readies for the Decathlon outdoor.

The season that lies ahead for Glastonbury indoor track will be a fun one. Randall Neish is confident, saying, “2014 will be a year where I make a mark on this team. I plan on racking up points for the team and putting my name all over that record board.”

Others looking to make an impact include Lucas Grove in multiple events, as he trains for the Decathlon for the outdoor season, and Chris Conner in the long jump.

The boys have a chance to make some waves this year. With strong individuals up front and depth in all events, they will be pose a serious threat to all teams in their way.

At press time, the team was preparing for its first home meet on Dec. 19, and several athletes were heading to New Haven on Dec. 20 and  21 to compete in the New Haven Invitational, hosted by Hillhouse. Several will then compete in the Rhode Island Classic in Providence Rhode Island on Dec. 28. For a complete schedule, visit www.ciacsports.com.


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