Tuesday, April 3, 2018


Today's meet versus Quincy/North Quincy has been postponed to Thursday.

Thursday's meet will be held at Faxon Field, at the corner of Coddington Street and the Southern Artery in Quincy.  Start time is 4:00PM.

Practice today at 2:30.  (I will be at the school at about 2:00PM and let you know then whether we have in indoor or outdoor start.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

50+ degrees?  Are you kidding me?  It has certainly been difficult going during the first week and one-half of practice.  For example, Nicole had to wear this face mask to protect her from the elements.

Some of the boys braved the cold.

But today will be seasonable . . . finally.  The track won't be clear so we will adjust and hold a workout on Holly Ridge/Winslow/Orchard similar to that of last week with pick-ups at the short ends  Everybody will increase last week's number (and I remember them if you don't) by ONE.  Back to the track for core and stretching.

See you at 2:30 . . .

Monday, March 26, 2018

Monday, March 26, 2018 - We've got a lot of ground to cover . . .

Seriously . . . no pun intended.  Our first meet takes place next Tuesday (8 days) at Quincy.  The weather is expected to be partly sunny and in the low 50's.  Based on the weather between now and then, I fully expect the meet will take place.  Consequently, we have a lot of things to do in order to prepare.  

Field events practice will be taking place during the second half of practice today.  I hope to see a lot of girls shot put throwers at 3:45, for example.

As for the Distance/Mid-Distance crew . . . we will be holding a workout of varied distances/paces.  Warm up jog, strides and then split up for 400s, 800s or 1200s depending on projected events, followed by field events, core and stretching.  ALL will be starting and finishing his/her repeats at the same point.  More on that when we convene at 2:30 for Indoor warm up.

See you then . . .

Friday, March 23, 2018

TGIF! Friday, March 23, 2018

A perfect day for an EASY run!  Mid 40's and some sun!  D/MD will all head out for a run toward the Town Park, 30 - 60 minutes based on experience/conditioning.  Those new to running should focus on consistency, not speed.  Maintaining a steady pace will allow you to feel comfortable throughout your run without feeling the need to stop. 30 minutes is your goal!  Based on yesterday's workout, I feel each of you is capable of accomplishing it!

We'll warmup indoors.  Snow still covers our track.  The hope is that by the end of next week it will be available to us.

Practice is scheduled for tomorrow morning 9:00-10:30.  We will meet on the Indoor Walking Track and head out for a workout on school grounds.  Something different.  Well, somewhat different.

First meet . . . April 3rd at North Quincy.  The NQ Track gets sun all day and I fully anticipate it will be ready for our meet.  Will you be ready?

See you at 2:30 . . .

Thursday, March 22, 2018

THURSDAY, March 22, 2018

It's tax time!  I would have posted this sooner, but I'm somewhat distracted this time of year.  Sorry.  OK, today all distance and mid-distance runners will head out to the Holly Ridge area.  Nice and easy out, 1.5 miles.  Then we will run the Winslow-Orchard loop (.5 miles) 2-5 times (based on experience/conditioning levels with pick-ups at the short ends of the loop.  Most of you will understand what this means, but we'll go over it when we get out.  Then nice and easy back (1.5 miles) followed by core, stretching and field events!

Calling all shot put throwers.  Boys will be with Coach Scarpelli, Girls with Coach George, following run training.

See you all very soon at indoor warm up . . .

Wednesday, March 21, 2018


MSTCA News March 21, 2018

MSTCA 2018 Coaches Hall of Fame Induction-Sunday, June 10, 2018

Phil Penza
Xaverian Brothers HS
Ed Ryan
Marshfield HS
Dan Walsh
Springfield Cathedral HS
Geoff Hennessey
North Quincy HS

Bill Snow 
Wayland HS
MSTCA Hall of Fame Banquet-Sunday, June 10 at Lantanna's-Randolph, MA 
For tickets contact Lou Tozzi, Jim Hoar or Rick Kates

MSTCA will be also honoring :
MSTCA Coaches of Year for XC, Indoor & Outdoor Track & Field 
2018 Bill O’Connor Courage- Humanitarian Award
Joe LeMar, Coach - Durfee
Jim Blackburn, Coach - Newton North
Steve Mulak, Western Mass Officials Association (Posthumous)
2018 Frank Kelley Adversity Award

Audrey Johnson, Grade 12 - Fitchburg
Elias Boone, Grade 12 - Littleton
Julia Cosgrave, Grade 12 - Whitman-Hanson
Madeline Goodwin, Grade 10 - Westfield

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

It's been a while . . .

Time for reflection, time for  preparing, any task is better completed with a well thought out plan.  The plan however hit an immediate roadblock on the first day of practice:

To quote former Patriot coach Bill Parcells, "It is what it is."  So yesterday's practice was not how we had planned it, but we made the best of it.  I'm not certain how many Boys were in attendance.  There were 46 Girls participating.  A quick look at the talent on the team offers some optimism.  Those in attendance included 15 Freshmen, 15 Sophomores, 11 Juniors, and 5 Seniors.  It would appear the 12th grade students may have a case of "Senioritis" resulting in lower numbers for the class, but those that were there are all contributors and we're happy to have them.  We were very happy to welcome back Coach Dawn Berens and Coach Jen Scarpelli along with a newcomer to coaching, but a familiar name to anybody who has followed W-H Track & Field over the years, Samantha Richner.  I am very grateful for their commitment to our program. 

We are still hoping to increase our numbers and if you have a friend or classmate who you feel may be interested, whether he/she has been cut from another sport, may have an interest in being active and getting fit while enjoying themselves, or is heading home to Twinkies and Mountain Dew every afternoon, we would love to have them.  After a lifetime of running I can tell you with certainty, this sport has provided me with unimaginable thrills through the years and about the only change I would make to my past is to have started running sooner.

Today, D/MD athletes will be running sooner, for sure.  You'll be running some hills today with Coach Berens group headed to Orchard, Coach George's group to Holly Ridge following warm up indoors.  We will be working on hurdles, throws and jumping during the second half of practice, before finishing with core work and stretching and heading home to warm up our snow blowers for tomorrow's snowfall.  With warm spring days in the offing, "now is the winter of our discontent."  Things will improve.  In the meantime enjoy the cool weather, you'll look back on these days as comfortable once the heat arrives.  See you at 2:30.