Junior Alex Tan lead the pack most of the way in the 1,000.
Terriers Indoor Track Strong Despite Injuries
ROCKY HILL - The Rocky Hill boys indoor track team held its own with a ninth place team finish at the Shoreline Coaches Invitational Saturday.
The Terriers garnered most of their points from junior Alex Tan with a 2:40.28 win in the 1,000-meter run at the Floyd Little Athletic Center at Hillhouse High School in New Haven. Tan the team’s top distance runner Saturday, recently set a 1,600-meter personal record of 4:33.
“That says a lot,” said assistant coach Erik Lecco.
Senior standout Joe Crafa was missing from the meet, battling an achilles injury.
“He’s going to take it easy for about three weeks,” Lecco said. “He’s at that point in the season where he just needs to take some time off.”
A few of the runners on the team have shin splints right now, as well, “so we haven’t really been able to put something together to go for the win, let’s say,” Lecco said. “We’re looking at this as a normal developmental meet right now.”
It’s still early in the season and Lecco and head coach Brian Graca are looking long-term, with Tan and Crafa as two solid distance runners and plenty of new talent on the team.
“The way the team looks, I think it has a lot of potential,” Lecco said. “I think we can put together a team that can do well at states.”
Thrower Ryan Joyce had already qualified for states Saturday and threw a personal best of 40’08.00” in the shot put.
The boys 4X200 relay of Tommy Caruso, Alex Denardo, Shane Steinman and Shaharyar Zuberi finished fifth in 1:41.36. The sprint medley relay of Caruso, Denardo, Steinman and Tan took second in 3:55.21.
The Terrier girls also had a few highlights Saturday. Katie Seaver and Emily Miehlke each ran personal record times in their legs of the 4X800 relay in 2:47 and 2:48, respectively.
“We’re moving in the right direction,” said girls coach Phil Mitchell. “That’s the best they’ve run all season.”