Two Bristol Central seniors who have been â€śAthlete of the Weekâ€ť selections in the past are receiving the recognition once again. They are Peyton Greger of the volleyball team and Mark Petrosky of the boys cross country team.
Greger, the daughter of Dory and Sarah Greger, is from a three-generation sports-minded family. Coming into last Friday home contest against Simsbury she had been leading the state high school girls volleyball players in aces with 44. In Fridayâ€™s 25-16, 25-15, 25-14 win, she added 10 more aces to her impressive season composite.
With a 6-1 record coming into the week after finishing 18-5, 6-2 CCC in 2018, Greger believes the Rams are in store for another strong fall. They have a new head coach in Lance Pepper, who had previously served as the teamâ€™s assistant coach since the 2017 season.
â€śThey brought a whole new attitude and culture to the team,â€ť Greger said of the new coaching staff. â€śI think we are doing well. Weâ€™re definitely playing in a more unison way than before.â€ť
With a strong start to the season and a new coaching staff, Bristol Central has a number of high expectations within the program for the year. Greger also sets a high bar for herself.
â€śOur goal is to make it into the states,â€ť Greger said. â€śWeâ€™ve made it twice since Iâ€™ve been here, and that includes last year, too. This is definitely going to be our year. My personal goal is to get all-conference and All-State.â€ť
As far as next year goes, Greger plans to study nursing. She hasnâ€™t committed to a school as yet, but would like to play volleyball at that next level.
â€śVolleyball is my favorite,â€ť said Greger, who also stars on the schoolâ€™s softball team. â€śI think itâ€™s a more fast-paced sport, Iâ€™m always going.â€ť
Petrosky, the son of Bryan and Stacy Petrosky, came out running strong this season. He broke his own two-year-old Rockwell Park cross country course record a couple of weeks ago and took first place with a time of 17:47.85 in the meet against Plainville and Platt.
â€śThat was good,â€ť Petrosky said. â€śI didnâ€™t attempt to break the record. It just sort of happened in the flow of the race. The City Championship is this week and I hope to break it there.â€ť
He broke his own mark on another course this fall. Last week, he ran a 16:37 at Pistol Creek against Berlin and Maloney to best his 17:11 from last year.
â€śI was surprised again,â€ť Petrosky said. â€śIt just happened once again. I didnâ€™t go out there to beat it, but I knew I could if I ran like I have been.â€ť
Petroskyâ€™s effort hasnâ€™t gone unnoticed by his head coach, Tamara Stafford-Kirk, either. She believes the Ramsâ€™ No. 1 runner has taken his game to another level this season.
â€śMark is one of the most talented runners I have ever coached,â€ť Stafford-Kirk said. â€śHe is intelligent and a student of the sport which makes him an even stronger runner. He has logged many miles over the past few years and has been successful, but I think this is the year we are going to see Mark place himself among the best in the state. Iâ€™m really looking forward to his championship season.â€ť
As for his current personal goals, Petrosky said it was to get top 13 at the Class L meet and top 35 at the State Open. With his times and placements already this season, itâ€™s a strong possibility that could happen.
â€śAs a team last year, we qualified and finished 13th,â€ť Petrosky said. â€śI didnâ€™t qualify as an individual.â€ť
As far as college goes next year, he plans to study microbiology or some form of history. Whether he will run competitively or not at the school depends on what it has available.