Bristol Central students represent the final Athlete of the Week picks for the concluding school year. They are junior Peyton Greger, who pitches for the school’s softball team, and Hunter Peterson, a senior multi-event competitor on the outdoor track team.
Greger, the daughter of Dory and Sandi Greger, gets the nod for the second straight year. In doing so this season, she joins her brother, Gavin, a freshman who was also recognized with the honor this spring as a member of the Bristol Central baseball team.
The Rams went 11-9 during the regular season, losing in first round Class L play to Foran, 5-1, after starting out 5-6 and following a 9-12 record from 2018.
“I think we really improved over the season,” Greger said. “From day one we had young players who really had to step up and fill the positions which they had. The season started out rough, but we really came together as a team through the season and battled back.”
With the school program showing steady improvement over the past three years, Greger is looking forward to next April.
“We’re losing two players, but based on everyone’s improvement off of this year, I think next year will be ours to shine,” Greger said.
Returning starters from this season will also include Gwen Torreso, who joined Greger on the 2019 all-conference team.
In addition to softball, Greger is also a standout in volleyball. She’s been all-conference in both of her sports to date and plans to play volleyball in college while studying nursing.
Her leadership in volleyball is solid, because she will be a two-time captain once her senior season begins.
Peterson has had the AOW spotlight on him on multiple occasions, too. He runs cross country and has been honored for both indoor and outdoor track. This recent track season closes out a strong athletic career at Bristol Central, one which has brought him both all-conference and All-State recognition.
The son of Mark and Monique Peterson, he didn’t end his scholastic career as he had hoped, but will still have his name mentioned when the best of Bristol Central’s track athletes are talked about.
The highlight of this past season was the Class L meet, where he finished second in two events.
“Hunter is one of the strongest athletes I’ve had the privilege of working with,” Rams coach Tamara Stafford-Kirk said. “His power and explosiveness are truly something special. In addition, Hunter is very smart and understands the technical elements of the jumping events.
“I’ve especially enjoyed working one-on-one with Hunter in the high jump. It has helped me understand him better as an athlete and is one of the things I will miss most when Hunter graduates. Watching Hunter high jump is like watching art in motion. His senior season was exciting and he capped it off with second place finishes in the long and high jump at Class L, very impressive and well-deserved.”
Following this success at the Class L’s, Peterson was looking for a good showing at the State Open. He didn’t obtain his goals, but understands why and it wasn’t his fault.
“At the State Open meet I was in the first flight of the long jump and early in the rotation for the high jump,” Peterson said. “So I had to run between each event and get jumps in. I rushed my three attempts at six feet and wasn’t able to muster a great jump at long, either, meaning I didn’t make it to finals.
“Overall I was very disappointed with myself, because I under performed and didn’t get to go to the New Englands. I was also upset because in indoor I missed the State Open meet to study abroad, so I wanted to make it up to myself and do well at this State Open, but I couldn’t.”
Although not thoroughly pleased with his state-wide results, most will agree he was outstanding and considering the timing of his jumps at the Open, he fared well there despite a tough schedule.
“Going into the Class L’s, I was hot off of two first place finishes and a second place at the CCC meet,” Peterson said. “At high jump I made 5-8, 5-10 and 6-0 on my first attempts and 6-2 on my second attempt. Although I was struggling for traction on my approach for 6-4, I was still barely skimming the bar, meaning I was only able to clear 6-2, giving me second place.
“At long jump I jumped 20-3.25 to get me to finals and on my last jump I hit a 20-11 to give me second place. At triple, I was able to stretch out to 41-3.25 to get me to finals to snag eighth place. Overall, I was excited about my two second place finishes, But I wasn’t totally pleased with my performances.”
He plans to attend the University of Hartford to study mechanical engineering. He’s unsure at this time if he will take part in sports at the school.