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  • Smyrna Middle School track and field teams break 15 school records

  • The Smyrna Middle School track and field teams recently finished their season in which the team as whole was a success but the athletes themselves broke some school records.


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  • The Smyrna Middle School track and field teams recently finished their season in which the team as whole was a success but the athletes themselves broke some school records.
    The boys team finished the season with a 3-1 record while the girls team ended the year 2-2. The highlight of the season has been the fact that the athletes set 15 new school records.
    For new coach Carolann Brennan, she is proud of her athletes on the team.
    “It’s an awesome accomplishment and something to be proud of. As a first year coach, I am proud of the individual success of my athletes, but I am most proud to have watched all my athletes come together as a team that always demonstrated respect for each other and sportsmanlike conduct when representing Smyrna Middle School,” Brennan said.
    Brennan, who ran track in high school, said the team was very strong in the field this year and had the speed to perform well in the sprints. She also credits the team’s success to the help of her assistant coaches Karen Brooks and Tara Turcotte-Leyanna.
    With a team of mostly 8th graders, Brennan said the athletes have a lot of raw talent that needs to be developed into stronger skills. But this raw talent didn’t stop the team from setting school records including the 4x100 relay teams, high jump, long jump and discus.
    Most of the records were set early in the season but some were set last week. Season standouts for Brennan were the boys 4x100 relay team of Corey Jackson, Evan Rooks, Kyree Fountain and Jarren Jenkins who set a school record with a time of 48.6 seconds. Seventh grader Jerren Carter set the record in discuss at 113'8.5". Highlights of the season on the girls side include Alisha Bessix who set a record in the triple jump (30’2”) and 400-meter (67.3), and Jasmine Akins, who set records at the 100-meter (13.0) and as part of the 4x100 relay team (54.8).
    Corey Jackson, who’s on the boys 4x100 team, said it helps to have a coach like Brennan.
    “I think knowing that Mrs. Brennan is more like one of those coaches you can play around with and also she’s serious that it helps you get the job done,” Jackson said.
    Maureen Iplenski likes Coach Brennan because “she doesn’t care if you win or lose.”
    With the season over, Brennan has enjoyed her first year as a coach.
    “I like coming out here with the kids, it’s just fun…most days,” Brennan said. “I like their looks when they cross the [finish] line.”
    Email Jennifer Dailey at jennifer.dailey@doverpost.com.
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