Vets, Winman track & field teams off to a great start

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Last Thursday, both Winman boys’ and girls’ track & field teams traveled to Warwick Vets for their first meet of the season.

The students competed in nine running events, plus four throwing and two jumping.

“We had some pretty decent scores to start off with,” Warwick Vets boys’ head coach David Croll said. “Obviously the kids need to work at it and keep improving in the events. All the kids have a starting point. It’s what they do to make themselves better. That’s up to them, faster times, longer throws.”

Croll thought his strongest group came in the weights– throwing, shot put, javelin and disc.

“I saw potential in them where several athletes can impact the state meet,” Croll said. “We were pretty successful last year and hopefully we can get some kids in the state meet this year that will be able to score some points.”

The top high jumper was Teighan Jeremy from Warwick Vets. Jeremy cleared 5.6 ft. and the standard to make the State Track & Field Meet is 4.6 ft.

Warwick Vets’ Olivia White had the top high jump for the girls at 4.6 feet with qualifying height for the states at 4 ft.

Winman’s top leapers were second-year jumper Kendall Brooks and first-year jumper Zoey St. Jean, who both cleared the opening height of 3.6 ft.

Winman boys’ coach Nick Gallagher thought the event went smoothly. The event ran from about 3:30-5:30 p.m.

“The main thing that I see with the kids right now is that they’re still in the mindset of being younger kids,” Gallagher said. “So, what I’m noticing is once they start working on these things together everything gets done in such a timely and fast manner. Especially when they’re helping each other out and nice to each other.”

“Everything for the first meet came together very well, Gallagher continued. “Everybody played their part, everybody really did what they were supposed to do.”

Gallagher was impressed with Winman’s Charlie Cabrera, who hit around 101 meters with the javelin.

The top shot put throws for Winman came from eighth-grader Brody Wilson with 24.7 m and Paul Alexander with 19.4 m. Also, Jake Milner hit 14.5 m in his first-ever meet.   

Each school holds about five or six meets, including a division meet, and each participant’s goal is to qualify for the Track & Field State Meet. To do that, the kids must hit a standard score in two of the meets.

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