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By Senior Correspondent Marty Ogden, Editing and Graphics by Ron Knapp

The flowers are beginning to bloom, the weather is becoming milder and athletes are starting to shed their winter gear for their outdoor outfits. That can only mean one thing… spring track is upon us. As enters into our 25th year of CT Outdoor T&F coverage that includes news, photos, results and records of our state athletes and teams we will kick off the season with our previews. Let’s check out who some of the top returning sprinters and hurdlers might be for the 2024 Outdoor track season.

Jacob Volkerts of Lyme-Old Lyme swept the Shoreline, Class S and State Open titles in the 100m last year with a best of 10.64 and won the Class S 200m as well. He only ran one meet during indoor track so let’s hope he is back to last year’s form by the time the meets roll around in a few weeks. 

It was easy to overlook Harding’s Deandre Duncan because he only ran dual meets last spring but then came out of nowhere to win the Class L title in the 100m and took 6th at the Open and New Englands. In the 200m the President finished 5th and 6th at the Open and Regional meet to earn All New Englands in two events. This past winter, he once again stuck to developmental meets at Staples but won the 55m in the state leading time of 6.44. Unfortunately he false started in the prelims at the Open which will hopefully motivate him even more to make up for that disappointment. 

It’s always interesting when you see athletes who can compete in a variety of events at a high level. Hall’s Jon York has broken 11 seconds for the 100m, ran a mid 21 in the 200m and broken 48 seconds in the 400m. On top of that he is a dangerous leg in the 4x800m having run a 1:54 split and for fun has even gone under 5 minutes for the 1600m. He has had some ups and downs in his career dealing with injuries, but always seems ready to contend for the win at whatever race he is running. He won the State Open in the 200m last spring and was runner-up in the 400m. In the relays he has been part of several All American teams and we hope to see him accumulate more honors before he heads off to Princeton in the fall. 

With his signature cowboy hat on his head, Xavier’s Stylz Mitchell has been picking up award after award the past year and a half. He was All New England last winter with a 5th place finish, but things really came together for the junior when he won the Regional meet in the 200m with a PR…

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