Glastonbury girls' track team strategizing for state meets
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Fri., Jan. 31, 2014
The Glastonbury High School girls' track team is gearing up for the year-end meets. At the last home meet of the season, coach Brian Collins said the focus now is less about training and more about putting the right athletes in the right events to make the team more competitive at the Class LL and state open meets.
“Now it's more of a chess match, because you have so many good teams out there,” Collins said.
The team doesn't have many superstars, but instead has a large number of athletes who are above-average in their events, and several that cross over to other events – a depth that enables him to strategize at the meets. One of the team's long-jumpers is also qualified in relays. Chloe Brown is the team's ace pole-vaulter, who also competes in high-jump, and several players are improving in long jump.
“A lot of kids have qualified for numerous events,” Collins said. “We've told the kids that the relays could be one or two kids different, or perhaps completely different. Now we're looking at what the other teams are doing. Besides [strong CCC teams] Windsor, Bloomfield and Simsbury, now you throw in NFA, New Milford, Greenwich and teams like that. It changes the complexion.”
Glastonbury, Collins said, will be in the mix of the top five or six teams in the state, and has a chance at the top. The strategy is to get points. Without athletes earning a lot of the first-place finishes, the Tomahawks will be looking to get third, fourth or fifth in a lot of events, and let the points add up.
“A good or bad day by one team could totally change the mix,” he said, adding that the Tomahawks team could place very high in sprinting and distance running, as well as the relay races.
“We don't have any superstars, but we have a lot of good kids,” Collins said. “It will be interesting to see.”
Glastonbury will compete in the Class LL finals on Feb. 8 and at the State Open on Feb. 15, both at Hillhouse High School in New Haven. For more information, visit www.ciacsports.com.