It’s obvious almost as soon as you see him on the fields at the East Brunswick High School—winter track coach is excited.
“It’s exciting, going out this way,” said McEvoy who, after 35 years, is set to retire in the spring.
McEvoy is having one of the greatest runs in boys EBHS track history. The team recently won the GMC championship and is getting ready for a run at a state championship, less than a year after he lead the spring team to a state championship.
“We know all of our times, and we know our competition's best times,” he said. “If our kids do what they’re supposed to do, we win. Does that always happen? Rarely.”
But McEvoy has optimism on his side, and that’s not because his kids may or may not have better times. Instead, his optimism comes from one of those things you hear so much about in sports. An intangible that watchers can’t quite put their finger on it. This team, he said, wants to win. In fact, it expects to win.
“There are good teams I can point to from the 70s, 80s, 90s and the 2000s, pockets of good teams I can talk about, but this team is different. This is a state championship caliber team,” he said. “We won our first state championship last year and I think this team is even better.”
Anchoring the team is senior Sam Mattis. One of the best discus throwers in the country (he’s was the state champ in the spring), Sam also is the defending Group IV champ in the winter in the shot.
Also returning are Donnie Urschel (senior), and Tommy Marciante (senior), who with Gabe Wood (junior) and Ty Robbins (freshman) finished first in the 4X400 at the GMCs. In addition, Alex Malveaux took first in the 55-meter hurdles.
“It’s nice in my senior year to have such a good group,” said Malveaux. “Coach is going into his last year and it’s nice that it can all come together.”