Two more meets next week on Monday and Wednesday - I am going to cancel practice for Tuesday, May 8th to give the athletes a chance to rest!
The Warriors had a nice start to the year with a number of good early season results. Nearly 300 athletes from four teams gathered in Sterling on a beautiful afternoon to compete, and several from TPS achieved state-qualifying marks. Congratulations to Josia Sulmasy (shot, discus), Laney Harold (shot), Liam Dolan (discus), and the quartet of Joseph Valley, Cooper Hicks, Paul Zgurzynski, and Ben Lefferts (turbo-javelin). Liam Dolan threw the discus 109’ 11” to break the school record and establish himself as one of the top throwers in the state this spring!
Some very nice times were recorded in the 400m, 800m, and the mile, especially impressive as the Sterling dirt track is slower than others. Dylan Brenn, Andrew Parry, Amelia Darmanin, and Cassidy DiSalle were the top milers for TPS. Emerson Allyn, Elise Gridley, and newcomer Kate Robinson are almost certain to qualify for the state meet in the 800m, as are Troy Larose and Kenichi Gomi. Running strong times in the 400m were Cole Patterson, Jackson Kline, Brady McCann, Abby Martin, Rowan Lefferts, Renee Rainville, and Elly Hume.
The sprinters also had a good day with fast times recorded by a large number of runners, and there were plenty of good throws and jumps as well as those that met state standards. All results for all events are available at the link below.
Track and field is a sport that has something for everyone. There is a range of running events including sprints
(100m, 200m), middle distance (400m, 800m) and the mile. For those who like to jump far or high or over
things, there is the long jump, the high jump, and the 100m hurdles. Throwing events include the shot put,
the discus, and the turbo javelin. The team will also compete in one or more relay event (4x100m, 4x400m,
4x800m) at most meets.
We have a total of eight meets this season, an early meet in Sterling against Chocksett and Mountview (and
maybe Paxton), at Worcester Academy, in Ashburnham against Overlook, in Clinton, our District championship
at Wachusett Regional High School, in Barre against Quabbin, a late-season fun meet back in Sterling, and then
the state championship at Clinton High School. The meet schedule will be available shortly on the TPS
webpage. All athletes should have the opportunity to compete in most meets, although they may need to try
a variety of events. The state meet and District championship have limited entries, but I hope to include as
many athletes as possible.
Bus transportation from Thomas Prince to and from all meets is provided by the District. Athletes will be
allowed to leave a meet with a parent after checking with Coach Pistrang
The state championship meet is scheduled for Saturday, June 2rd. This is a big deal and an honor for those
competitors who qualify. I would love to have the entire team available if possible. If a large number of
athletes attend it will increase our chances to win another state championship!
We will meet Monday through Friday at the playground with practices held on the back field from 3:15 to 4:45
each day, with a few exceptions. Athletes are NOT required to attend each practice and can always skip
practice or leave early if necessary with prior permission or in case of illness.
Most practices will include a lengthy warm-up with dynamic movement and plyometrics, event-specific drills
to improve technique, speed and endurance training, work on mental preparation, and lots of positive
Please make sure each athlete brings something to drink and wears the appropriate clothing. Athletes should
be dressed and have used the bathroom by 3:15 and be ready to practice.
Coach Pistrang is usually available for questions or advice and can be reached by email at
email@example.com or by phone at 978-870- 4627. Parents interested in helping at practices or meets
(no experience needed!) are highly desired. Please let me know if you want to help.
Run fast, run far, run first!