Indoor track: Trumbull boys qualify for states, FCIACs
Trumbull High has been busy lately, taking part in many high-level competitions.
The day after Christmas, the Eagles went to the Armory in New York City and competed against many teams from across the East coast.
Last week, they visited Yale and competed in a two-day event on Friday and Saturday.
“The entire team has done a great job of buying into what we are trying to accomplish here,” Trumbull head coach Shawn Tait said. “That is building a competitive track program that can compete not only in the league, but also on the state level.
“My assistant coaches Chris Sages and Frank Gaines have done an outstanding job trying to nurture the talent we have and finding new talent as well. We have incorporated a consistent weight room schedule and have a new dynamic warm-up program in place. It is evident it is working as we have seen the athletes flourish and respond with many state and league qualifying distances and times. I am very optimistic for the future and look forward to seeing what we can accomplish in the upcoming league and state meets.”
Trumbull was able to secure medals at the Yale meet.
The Eagles’ Joe Gregory, Varujan Edwards, Owen Hopwood and Tejas Kulkarni received third-place medals in the 4x800 relay.
“The 4x800 ran a great time of 8 minutes and 41 seconds, which places them in the mix for the championship later in the month,” Tait said.
The 4x200 relay team of Zach Seymour, Evan Seymour, Shea Grant and Royal Barsky also received third place medals with a time of 1:39.
The 4x400 relay of Zach Seymour, Nigel Hayes, Andy Spillane and Evan Seymour ran a 3:36.
“The captains have done a phenomenal job this year,” Tait said of Nigel Hayes, Hank Schober, Chris Lepore and Zach Iannucci. “Being my first year, I have had to rely on them not only for their input but also for organizing and leading by example. I couldn’t be happier with the ways things have gone so far.”
Eagles that have qualified for states and FCIACs include Nigel Hayes in the 300 and the 600-meter run, Andy Spillane in the 300-meter run and the long jump, Zach Iannucci in the pole vault, Dan McKeon in the pole vault, Joe Gregory in the 1600 and 3200-meter runs, Chris Lepore in the 1600-meter run, Michael McHugh in the shot put and Evan Seymour in the 300-meter run.
Earning spots in the FCIAC championships are Royal Barsky in the 300-meter run, Zach Seymour in the 300-meter run, Joe Megale in the 300-meter run and the 55-meter dash, Evan Seymour in the high jump, Porter Mead in the high jump and long jump, Dan Sheikh in the long jump, Joe Gregory in the 1000-meter run and Adrien Joseph in the pole vault.
“The entire team has been working very hard and our numbers are the most they have been in many years,” assistant coach Gaines said. “This is a testament to the captains, as well as the camaraderie the boys have developed amongst themselves.
“We have many young athletes that have been doing very well and improving rapidly at the developmental meets. I am very optimistic for the future.”
Trumbull will compete in the SCC Invitational Meet on Saturday in New Haven.