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24 up and coming athletes took part in the Blue Devils track and field clinic in July, giving promise for the future of the high school program. | Submitted / Jen Schulten

Locals take part in youth track clinic


An enthusiastic group of young athletes recently participated in a week long track and field clinic held at Coginchaug High School from July 7-11. Using a select few members of the high school track team as coaches, each participant was guided through the basic elements of various events such as hurdles, relays, long jump, javelin, shot put, discus, high jump, and pole vault.

By the end of the fourth day, skill levels had increased to the point where a mock track meet could be contested. With perfect weather and the beautiful facility as a back drop, the 24 athletes competed with competency and passion in long jump, shot put, 40-meter hurdles, and the always entertaining 12x100 meter relay race.

Participants in the clinic were: Nora O’Connell, Zander Ballard, Justin Patenaude, Steve Geremia, Dylan Kaczor, Thomas Peters, Erik Swanson, Adam Copeland, Joshua Mann, Evan Hempel, Aidan O’Connell, Nathan Witecki, Kelly Frier, Ryan Frier, Connor Zolnik, Erin Harlow, Melissa Fowler, Max Sartor, Connor Sullivan, Ashleigh Halligan, Jake Hesseltine, Bridget Fehon, Ali Durand, and Peter Schulten.

Excellent coaching was provided by Clarissa Backus, Erin Blecha, Chloe French, Bailey Maus, Zach Taylor, Erin Mallinson, Kevin Rizzo, Kristofer Copeland, Zach Lein, Chris Brooks, and Alec Bogen

Based on the high level of growth and competition seen during the clinic, the future of Coginchaug Track and Field should remain promising for years to come.

Visit the Durham Recreation Department’s website for more information.



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