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Versatility Key to MHS Track Success

The Milford High track team has won its first three meets with a combination of basketball players, football players, soccer players, and wrestlers, and head coach Tim Cullen would not have it any other way.
"We have been fortunate as a staff to get a lot of good athletes who do other sports and can move around to a lot of different events in track," Cullen said. "I think that is very helpful in a day and age when kids are so specialized. You learn to compete, you learn to work hard, expect the unexpected.
"I am not saying we are not a track team," he added. "But we are filled with a lot of athletes who also happen to come out for track and perform very well. It's our biggest asset."
Seniors Ryan Nesta and Leo Moronta are two such versatile athletes. Nesta — a four-year member of the football and wrestling teams — is among the best in the Hockomock League in the 100 and 200, but has also scored points in the high jump, among other events. Moronta is another football standout, who has had success in a variety of events. MHS can count on the pair to score around 18 to 20 points per meet, Cullen said.
Jack DeSantis, a football and basketball star, throws the javelin more than 160 feet and has qualified for the state meet in the event. Louis Goncalves, a soccer player, has qualified for states in the 110 hurdles and Cullen said he is close to doing the same in the 400 hurdles.
"I have had years where I have had some good athletes at the top and this is one of them" the coach said. "It tricks down, our whole team is successful and knows how to work hard and be respectful. If they are supposed to run eight 200s and someone runs seven of them, one of the seniors will make sure they run that eighth."
Milford has also been lifted by the throwing of Patrick Brogioli, who moved over to track after playing lacrosse last year. The sophomore took first place in the shot put in the league's freshman-sophomore meet with a heave of nearly 45 feet and throws the discus more than 110 feet. Jack Kalil, a cross-country runner, has placed fist in most dual meets on both the mile and the 800.
Another strong area for the Hawks has been the jumping events, where Cullen can typically expect in the neighborhood of 18 points. MHS has four athletes in the top 10 in the league in triple jump, including Moronta, Kevin Truong, Kayden Kelley, and Gerson Migliorini. 
"The best part is that we are able to move kids around to different events in different meets and see what they do," Cullen said.
In keeping with the theme of versatility, Truong and Kelley were also integral parts of the boys basketball program. Cullen said having so many athletes who know how to compete has allowed the coaching staff to set high expectations for each individual.
"We can say 'you're getting third, you're getting second,' the kids really understand that's what need from them," he said. "Even if it's a fifth place, you fight for that fifth place. You're not going to get points for the team, but it allows us to set our expectations and give the kids a goal to achieve."




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