Masuk track teams set to run, jump and throw this winter

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Masuk track captains are, from left: Caroline Wittenauer, Kathryn Wittenauer, Ethan Palmich, Mason Hope, Athena Gruner and Ella Bunovsky.

MONROE, CT — Masuk High’s indoor girls and boys track teams, led by Head Coach Sarah Barrett, are looking forward to a successful winter. Here is an outlook for the squads: 

Captains (*events in which they are Masuk’s top performer)

Caroline Wittenauer (Senior) 55m Hurdles, Long jump, High jump*

Kathryn Wittenauer (Senior) 55m Hurdles*, Pole vault, Long jump

Athena Gruner (Senior) 55m, 4x200m, 300m

Ella Bunovsky (Senior) Long Jump, 4x200m, 55m

Ethan Palmich (Junior) 4x200m, 55m*, 300m*

Mason Hope (Senior) 55m Hurdles*, 55m

Key Returnees:

The following are Masuk’s top performer for these events going into the season:

Grace Walker (Sophomore) 55m dash and 300m

Ashley Colberg (Junior) 1600m

Tristan Smith (Junior) Shot put

Kylie Hurme (Sophomore) Long jump

Nick Kauke (Sophomore) Pole Vault

Anastasia Tsichlas (Junior) Pole Vault

Michael Majerski (Sophomore) 1000m

Panthers to watch:

The following athletes should have their eyes set on state championship qualification and are competitive with our top performers/are very close to that #1 spot in their event:

Colin Hope (Junior) 55m

Colin Valle (Junior) 55m, 300m

Aubrey Zvovushe-Ramos (Sophomore) 55m

Sofia Nwosu (Senior) 300m

Erin Davis (Junior) 1600m

Rookies to watch:

These new track athletes are looking competitive at practice and will be contending for spots on the relay teams. They have potential to make it to conference and state championships:

Jackson Zylick (Freshman)

Gina Orlando (Freshman)

Ella Mcgee (Freshman)

Season outlook:

“Masuk track and field is putting a competitive foot forward this indoor season. The athletes have been training harder than ever out on the track in all conditions, from rain to snow to sub freezing temperatures,” Barrett said. “There will undoubtedly be personal records from most if not all of our athletes this season and some very competitive performances at SWCs and States this year.”

Strengths:

“Masuk will continue to demonstrate strength in the individual sprints and field events. New this season we have elevated our focus on middle and long distance events and our relay teams. We are especially excited to be debuting a Masuk boys’ indoor 4×400 team for the first time since the 2017-2018 season,” Barrett said.

New coaches:

Head Coach Sarah Barrett – “After four seasons as an Assistant Coach at Masuk, I am proud to lead the program this year as head coach. I love this sport and I love our athletes, I am excited to keep growing our track and field program.”

Assistant Coach Jenna Dorosh -“I am so excited to be coaching track and field at Masuk High School. I can’t wait to help my athletes succeed in all of their events.”

SCSU B.A. Physical Education

Sacred Heart University Division I Track & Field Team Javelin, Long Jump, Triple Jump

High School: SWC Champion Javelin & Triple Jump, New Balance Nationals Javelin & Triple Jump Competitor

Assistant Coach Milan Spisek

SCSU B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies

SCSU M.A. Student in Sports & Entertainment Management

SCSU Track & Field Team: 6X NE10 Conference Champion, 3X New England Champion, All American Pole Vault, All American 4×400

High School: 4X SWC Champion, 4X Class MM Champion, 2X CIAC State Open Champion

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