When the race walk, the javelin throw and the hammer throw were returned as scoring events for the county track and field meet this season, the first thought was it would be a big difference-maker for Somers. After all, in Maria Gorecki (the certain county favorite), Kristi Licursi and Allie Shaw, the Tusker girls have three of the area’s very best race walkers; the change should add some incentive to their All-America bids.
But the inclusion is a huge plus also for Marsha Bailey’s Hen Hud squad. It has, arguably, the county’s two best javelin throwers in juniors Jack O’Brien and Michael Gabrielsen, two tall athletes who both qualified for national competition as sophomores.
With javelin a non-scoring event, the Sailors would likely settle for a middle-of-the-pack county showing with senior sprinter-high jumper Brad Barthelmes leading the way in the B competition. But with the javelin registering in the team totals, Bailey’s team can certainly aim higher.
“I expect Jack and Mike to be 1-2 in our league and they could well score just as well at the county competition,” Bailey said. (more…)