SOUTHINGTON-Many people donâ€™t understand what it takes to be a collegiate athlete, especially at the Division II or even Division I level.
But for five Southington track and field seniors, they believe they have what it takes to continue their athletic careers.
Julia Groll has been a member of Southingtonâ€™s track and field team for four years. In those four years, she has made an impact on the development and success of the throwing program.
Her dedication to improvement has been clear by her ability to score points in the regular seasons meets as well as achieve high marks in the hammer throw.
In the fall, Groll will be attending Franklin Pierce University, a Division II school in the Northeast-10 conference.
Zach Burleigh has also been a four year member of the track and field team. During the fall he would run cross country while the rest of the year was devoted to track.
He started doing pole vault in his sophomore year. Burleighâ€™s junior year was his break out season, where he went from 11 feet to 13 feet.
During the outdoor season he placed 4th in the Class LL meet and 10th in the State Open meet.
This past indoor season Burleigh won the Class LL meet with a vault of 13â€™ 6â€ť and placed third at the State Open.
In the fall, Burleigh will be attending Southern Connecticut State University, a Division II school, also in the Northeast-10 conference.
Dan Dachelet also runs cross country in the fall and does track in the winter and spring. He placed fifth during the CCC cross country championships and was a member of Southingtonâ€™s 4x800 meter relay which took sixth place at the Class LL state meet during the indoor season, placing a new school record of 8:19.
In the fall, Dachelet will be attending the University of Hartford, a Division I program in the America East conference.
Teammate Connor Leone will also be attending the University of Hartford in the fall. As an individual qualifier, Leone finished with a personal best of 9:53.29 at the cross country State Open.
Cameron Clynes will be attending Stonehill College in the fall. During his high school career Clynes threw 160 feet plus for Javelin and was named top 10. He was also one of the top decathlon athletes in the state.
Shelby Iava can be reached at (860) 801-5096 or at firstname.lastname@example.org