1998 Suffield High School Boys Track Team
​​ ​Inducted in 2012
The Suffield High School Boys 1998 Track Team was made up of an exceptional group of coaches and athletes and was the first SHS track team to win a state championship.  This group won the Class S State Championship by beating 28 other teams on June 28, 1998 in New Britain.  They won decisively by beating Tourtellotte by nine points.    

The head coaching staff was made up of seasoned coaches Charles "Chuck" Thompson, who had over 40 years experience as both a participant and coach, and Joe Sinicrope who was the head boys track and field coach at Suffield for over 20 years and who was named Track and Field Coach of the Year by the CT high School Coaches Association in 1990.  They were helped out by Assistant Coaches Dave Olechna and Rick Tyo.

 The talented team included Ryan Bak, John Carleton, Bob Carlton, Matt Chaney, Travis Corley, manager Josh Friedman, Brian Gauthier, Kevin Goff, Todd Martin, TJ McCabe, Greg Polumbo, Ben Sarno, Russell Ward, and Mark Winiarski.
 Following a successful season the previous year, expectations were high for the 1998 team and did they ever deliver!  They compiled a 7-2 record losing only to Ellington and E. O. Smith in tightly contested matchups.  They went on to win first place at the 17th Annual Journal Inquirer Track Meet with Mark Winiarski, Travis Corley, Ryan Bak, and TJ McCabe being named to the JI All Area Team.  In the NCCC tournament, John Carleton took first place in the shot put and Mark Winiarski took first in the 110 meter hurdles.

 In the state finals, the team was a winner in four events.  Matt Chaney, TJ McCabe, Travis Corley, and Ryan Bak won The 4x800 relay.  Matt Chaney later took first in the 1600.  John Carlton went on to win the discus, and Ryan Bak won the 800 meter event.  Critical points were contributed by John Carleton who placed fifth in the shot put, Mark Winiarski who finished fifth in the 110 hurdles, and Matt Chaney who followed up his 1600 victory with a third in the 3200 distance.  TJ McCabe, who placed in the 1600, and Todd Martin, with a sixth place finish in the pole vault, also made valuable contributions.  Going into the final event of the day, with Suffield clinging to the narrowest of leads, Mark Winiarski stepped into the circle and heaved the javelin just over 161 feet, good enough for fourth place.  Those precious points cemented Suffield's victory, truly a team effort!