Athletics returns to the NHS after a 40-year hiatus

(March 31, 2022) For the first time since the mid-1980s, Nantucket Public Schools will have a track and field team this spring.

“The interest is there and growing,” said Garry Allen, one of four coaches at the club team. “We started this winter with 26 kids signed up, but in terms of seniors, we only had seven of them.”

The club picked up seven other interested athletes last week, mostly middle school students. “It’s always changing,” Allen said. “People see us out there, run around the track and say they can do it too.”

Allen also coaches the cross-country team, the entered its fifth season as a varsity program last fall. This team, like the track and field team, started out as a club sport, which developed into a varsity program after a few years. That’s also the goal of the track and field team, although Allen admits they still have a long way to go before they can reach that level.

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