Rangers senior lends coach helping hand.
COLUMN: HIGH SCHOOL TRACK
Westboro High senior Kim Bretta may have carved out a nice career for herself. The second-year captain has been steady, consistent and extremely dedicated, but what Rangers coach Rick Hebert loves most about Bretta are her leadership abilities.
"She loves to be on the track and she loves to work hard," Hebert said. "One of her best traits is she loves to teach different events to the younger kids. Not only does she want to get better, but she wants the other kids to get better. I use her as a coach."
"I do like being a coach," Bretta said. "It's something I'd like to consider doing some day. I definitely want to keep my options open. I think watching girls (earn personal bests) after they worked hard is a great feeling, especially after you helped them get there."
Bretta, 18, will enroll in Boston College's nursing program, and her track career could come to an end at next month's All-State meet. If so, she leaves Westboro without any regrets.
"It's definitely a sport I have passion for," said Bretta, a four-year varsity runner. "I'm definitely happy with what I've done. I can't be disappointed in anything I do. I strive to be the best I can be."
A former gymnast, Bretta owns school records in 100-meter hurdles (15.6) and 400 hurdles (71.8). Her personal best in the long jump is 15 feet, 11 inches, while her top effort in the triple jump is 33-11. Bretta can compete in the shot put, high jump and 800 and 1,600 relays.
Bretta failed to qualify for the 100 hurdles final at last year's Central Mass. Class A meet, but she rebounded at the Central Mass. Championships by finishing third in the 100 hurdles (15.99) and 11th in the triple jump (33-11) and then finishing 15th in the 100 hurdles at the All-State meet.
"This year, I feel like I'm mentally and physically stronger," she said. "As long as I do my best, that's all I care about. Wins are great, but as long as I do well and get the points for my team, I'll be happy."
Parody's return boosts Spartans
For the first time in 39 years, Uxbridge hosted a home meet on Wednesday with every event contested at its own place.
Last month, the Spartans hosted a dual-meet against Northbridge, but the SWCL rivals still had to take the short bus ride back to the Rams' home turf for the throwing events because Uxbridge's field wasn't ready.
"I'm excited about it as much as the kids are," Spartans boys' coach Dave Halacy said. "There was a glow on their faces that I hadn't seen in a long time."
Uxbridge is led by versatile senior captain Ben Parody, who is now healthy. He fractured the growth plate in his hip during a 300-meter race in the indoor season. Remarkably, Parody finished the race despite the freak injury.
Parody competes in the 200, 400, triple jump, high jump and long jump and also runs the 800 and 1,600 relays.
"He's been on fire this spring," Halacy said. "He has completely and totally recovered from the injury. He was one of our best athletes in indoor before he got hurt, and that took the wind out of the sails of the boys."
Other top contributors include middle and distance runners Andy Reardon, the senior captain; senior Johnny Lamanuzzi; and juniors Luke Maloney and Brady Phillips.
Halacy said the team's top two goals are winning SWCL East and finishing in the top five, or possibly top three, at the Class C Championships.
Warriors have high hopes
The Narragansett Regional girls are on a roll and have an opportunity to earn their first Class C crown on May 11.
Last year, the Warriors tied for third with Whitinsville Christian, but coach Ben Gagnon said confidence was high after a memorable indoor season in which Narragansett claimed the school's first track title since 1979 by nipping Lunenburg for the Wachusett C title and followed that with a Division 2 win at the Central Mass. Championships.
"What I like about this team right now is we have more upperclassmen than we've had in the past," Gagnon said. "We've got good leadership on this team. We're coming off a successful indoor season, and the kids are hungry to keep that success going this spring."
Narragansett took third at the Dick Mulligan Relays last weekend, winning four events. Gaelin Farrell, Amanda Stewart and Acacia Langlois bested the field in the shot put, while Farrell, Kalie Jacobson and Miranda Gilman won the discus. Veteran distance runners Krista Webb, Anna Capps, Kylie Chartier and Renee Capps teamed to win the 1,600 and 3,200 relays.
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