Ledyard's Brawner is right on track
Ledyard — Megan Brawner has run indoor track before, where they split the Eastern Connecticut Conference meet by divisions, one meet for the large schools and one for medium and small.
She was a little surprised to learn, then, that in outdoor track all the teams are combined.
Other than that, Brawner's transition from tennis to track this spring has been seamless. It was Brawner's success in cross country (an unbeaten dual meet season) and indoor track (ECC Large champ in the 1,000, 3,200) which precipitated the switch.
"I am really happy with it," Brawner said Saturday from the Ledyard Relays track and field invitational. "My indoor season was a lot better than I thought it would be. ... The (outdoor) team all welcomed me."
Brawner didn't win an event at the relays, but made a few statements as to her talent.
On Friday, she joined the field for the boys' 5,000 meters — the equivalent of 3.1 miles, the same as cross country — rather than run the girls' 3,200. She finished 10th out of 15 runners in 19 minutes, 18.4 seconds.
"I knew I was going out too fast because of all the guys. I didn't want to be left in the dust," Brawner said. "I had my coach (assistant, Jeff Wadecki) stand over by the 200-meter mark and he told me whether I was going too slow or too fast. I was really happy with the time.
"I've always wanted to try (the 5,000). I don't like the 3,200."
On Saturday, Brawner ran the anchor leg of the distance medley relay, joining Emme Cronin, Jessica Burger and Alexsis Powell. Over Brawner's 1,600-meter leg, she was sixth with three laps to go and fifth with two laps to go before reeling in two more teams. Ledyard was third in 14:12.7.
She called the relays "a good opportunity to see where everyone else is."
She is expecting to run the 800 and the 3,200 at the ECC meet, along with perhaps the 4x800 relay.
She's unbeaten in dual meets in her events so far this season and won the 1,600 at last week's Panther Invite at Plainfield in 5:26.57.
"So far," the 5-foot-11 Brawner said of her undefeated mark. "I hope I can keep it."