Versatility and hard work make up 2021 all-Herald boys track and field team

Published on Tuesday, 7 September 2021 19:42
Written by RYAN AMES


Six boys were selected for this year's All-Herald Boys Track Team following the 2021 spring season.

Samuel Geisler of Newington, Tyshawn Johnson of Plainville, Tyler Barber of Berlin, Tyvonn Thompson from Innovation, Michael Feliciano of New Britain and Matthew Geary of Southington were the area boys picked.

“Sam is a one of a kind athlete - he’s dealt with a lot in his high school years, but you’d never know it based on his attitude,” Nor'easters coach Jen Deschenes-Emord said. “He’s one of the hardest working, most talented athletes I’ve ever coached, and aside from that, a genuinely great person in the community. I can’t wait to see him compete at UCONN.”

Johnson excelled in the sprinting events as the Blue Devils' multi-sport athlete won the 110 meter hurdles final and took second in the 300 meter hurdles final at the CCC South Division Championship Meet in May. Plainville finished in third as a team behind Middletown and Bristol Central.

“Ty is a very versatile athlete,” Plainville coach Tim Shea said. “The hurdles are a challenging event and he was a natural fit there. We were able to use him in many different events. Ty was a hard worker and great leader. This is why he'll be successful in college.”

Barber was a talented pole-vaulter for the Redcoats and concluded his season with a second-place finish at the CCC South Meet, clearing 9 feet, 6 inches.

“As one of our captains, Tyler was a really effective leader for this team - he spent loads of time coaching and recruiting new pole vaulters,” Berlin coach Rick Hanbury said. “Additionally, Tyler competed in the Triple Jump and Long Jump. Tyler earned All-CCC South honors in the Pole Vault to cap off his season. Tyler will enter the Military this fall but plans to continue his education after his service has ended.”

Thompson performed well in the 400 meters this year for the Ravens and even earned a berth into the state meet.

“As a first-year member of the track program, it took Tyvonn a little bit to figure out where he excelled, as he was strong in the long jump, 100 meters, 200 meters, and 400 meters throughout the season.” Innovation coach Matthew Lance said. “However, once he committed to focusing on the 400-meter dash, he started to excel, finishing the season as the conference champion and a State Championship competitor in the event. He will continue to drastically improve heading into his senior season.”

In the throwing events, Feliciano was strong for the Hurricanes as the junior took third in the shot put and fourth in the discus at the CCC North Division Championship Meet. Feliciano's shot put throw of 41-04.00 was a personal record.

Lastly, Geary placed in the top three in both the shot put and discus events at the CCC West Championship Meet for the Blue Knights.

“Like most athletes that excel, Matt put in extra time in order to develop in his events,” Southington coach Dan Dachelet said. “I’d be there on the weekend or later at night and I’d see Matt walking out to the shot put circle in order to put in more reps. He was highly self motivated to improve and his achievement senior year showed this effort.”

Ryan Ames can be reached at 860-801-5094 or on Twitter @_Ryan Ames.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin, Innovation, New Britain, Newington, Southington on Tuesday, 7 September 2021 19:42. Updated: Tuesday, 7 September 2021 19:44.