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Parker Track Off to Strong Start to the Season

DEVENS – The Parker Charter Essential School indoor track and field team is off to a great start to the season. With a new format away from dual meets this season, much of the focus to this point is preparation for the championship season. The Panthers are already making big strides toward those end of season goals. 


“I love coaching winter track at Parker,” Parker Charter head coach Ben Benoit said. “This group is incredibly dedicated. The winter season is usually very cold and with our long school day (3:30 dismissal) it gets dark early, yet we do at least 80 percent of our work outside every practice as we very rarely have much indoor space. Our kids embrace these challenges every day, and I feel our team overcoming these obstacles helps us excel.”


“Most of our boys are coming off winning the cross country state championship this fall and that work ethic has carried over into this season,” Benoit continued. “Our girls mirror that work ethic.  Everyone from our sprint group to our mid/long groups to our throwers and jumpers have been putting in great workouts.”


The shot put crew features Curt Soderman, Casey MacCulloch, and Joey Rabinowitz on the boys side, with Ava Soderman and Chrys Olsen for the girls. Benoit says it’s a dedicated throwing group, and the most improved area of the team, as all have had personal bests from a very early time this season. 


For notable high jumpers Hope Davis set the school record in the event this year at 4 feet 9 inches. 


The girls sprint crew features Davis, Kinsley Kline, Bontu Piazza and Kennedy Gustafson, and the quartet set the school record in the 4x200-meter relay (2:00.34). Taku Pettengill, Jovan Tremblay, Connor Wentrup, and Kevin Goncalvez have been featured in the boys sprints. 


Angevin Argow-Sniderman has been leading the way in the girls’ hurdles. Pettengill (39.46, boys) and Kline (46.52, girls) are school record holders in the 300m. 


Connor Stach set a school record in the 600m (1:25.85) and also ran a 4:41 mile. He leads a young mid-distance crew of Nathan Davis, Jaxon Liles, Will Schneider and George Beam. 


Henry Jacobsen (9:45 2 mile, 4:37 mile), Caleb Hatlevig (9:43 2 mile, 4:39 1 mile), and Nathaniel Henshaw (10:27 2 mile) lead a star-studded boys’ long distance crew. Jett Johnson (2:55 1000), Abram Brownson (5:01 mile), Jerry Bercovici-Biotti (5:08 mile), Cy Lance (5:04 mile), Harrison Bailey (5:27 mile), Stellan Ogilvie (5:07 mile), and Carlo Perrotti (3:12 1000) are featured in the shorter long distances. 


Elsa Pierpont, Trisuli Mitchell, Summer Goyette, Lillian Gregoire, and Ava Soderman lead the girls’ distance crew, and have the versatility to run anything from the 600m on up. 


Kline set the school record in the pole vault at 9-06 at the Winter Classic meet at the New Balance track this season. 


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