Rebuilding year for Tomahawks.


Byline: Steve Farley COLUMN: INDOOR TRACK Algonquin boys' indoor track coach Andy Boschetto has his work cut out for him this winter. The Tomahawks, who finished third behind perennial powers St. John's and Westboro in the Central Mass. meet last year, graduated 16 record-setting seniors. While Boschetto admits this is a rebuilding season, Algonquin has enough talent to challenge every Central Mass. powerhouse in both the dual meets and the postseason meets. The Tomahawks are 1-2 this season, which includes a win over Leominster and losses to Shrewsbury and North Middlesex. "This year, we expect to be OK," said Boschetto, in his 10th season as head coach. "This is sort of a rebuilding year. I hope to be competitive (this winter), which we have been. We know (the meets) are going to all be close. I'd like to get these kids prepared for our outdoor season, which we should do much better. I'm expecting the seniors to help the younger kids along." One of those seniors is captain Jeff Hollander, who competes in the 300, 600 and 1,600 relay. Two weeks ago at a preseason meet at the Reggie Lewis Athletic Center, Hollander posted a 38.12 in the 300, not a bad time to kick-start the season. "Jeff is one of our captains and one of our leaders," Boschetto said. "He's very dedicated and he's a hard worker. Last year, he was on the record-setting 1,600 relay team. Most of our athletes are pretty versatile, and he's certainly one of them." Another highly touted captain is Mike Bisset, who is already 3-0 in the high jump. Bisset, with a top jump of 5-8, also competes in the 55 hurdles. "He has won every Mid-Wach meet we've competed in," Boschetto said. "He shows a lot of promise in hurdles. He just has to work on his form a little bit." Boschetto also relies on senior sprinter Neil Hesek, who participates in the 55 dash and 300, as well as the 800 and 1,600 relay teams. Boschetto noted that Hesek is consistently producing 7-second performances in the dash. Another senior captain, Rahul Ehutani, is Algonquin's No. 1 distance runner. Ehutani's top time in the 2-mile is 10:35.6. "He has come a long way," Boschetto said. "He has showed a lot of progression the past couple of years." Senior Brian Racca has already accepted a track scholarship at Northeastern. Racca runs the 300 and a leg of the 800 relay and also competes in the long jump and high jump. In outdoor track, he's a two-time Mid-Wach League A champion as a triple jumper. "He was coming off a bad knee injury,"...

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