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HK Indoor Track Holds Experience, Versatility for Success

Published 12/18/2013 12:00 AM
Updated 12/18/2013 10:55 AM

By John Lecardo
The Source

The Haddam-Killingworth indoor track squads will look to its vast championship experience to serve up more postseason hardware.

Led by the program's only head coach during its history in Dick Dupuis (38th year), HK holds multiple veteran pieces on both sides, including senior Leah Pfrommer, who won the Shoreline Conference title in the 55 dash and long jump in 2012, along with senior sprinters in Ethan Kovach, James Schuster, plus junior Canute Watson-three members of the Cougars' Class S state champion sprint medley relay group.

"Essentially we look to all of our experienced seniors as leaders," says Dupuis, who is assisted by Tony Ryba, Sean Gallagher, and James Schuster. "We expect them to help the younger kids and facilitate communication between coaching staff and team."

For the girls, their club holds additional senior sprinter contributors in solo runner Jenny Martin and relay athlete Erin Kane, while they house additional prominence through their underclass with junior jumper and pole vaulter Dani Roman, sophomore Shoreline cross country champion Maddie Brandon (3rd in the state championship; 25th for the State Open), and senior distance runner Menalie Hyde.

HK's versatility continues in the throwing department by returning senior Sarah Smith and sophomore Anaka Maher.

From the boys' perspective, Dupuis expects juniors Michal Narowski and Luigi Fazzino to round out the core of their sprint squad along with Watson, Kovach, and Schuster. He also anticipates cross country time from sophomore Cameron Garrelts, plus juniors Pat Fitzgibbons and David Baird to pay dividends.

The boys have a younger throwing unit than the girls, although Dupuis expects the youth to show their stuff and step up.

"While we don't have many experienced throwers returning, we are hoping that junior Chris Kaufman and a couple of sophomores can progress to the level that will contribute to the team's success," said Dupuis. "As was true with the girls, we hope that some of our new members will be able to fill what appears to be their potential and in the end that would be crucial for the team's success."

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