2014-15 Indoor track preview

Coming off a solid cross country season where he placed ninth in the FCIAC championships, Warde's Will Brisman looks to continue that success this winter with the Mustangs' indoor track team.
Coming off a solid cross country season where he placed ninth in the FCIAC championships, Warde's Will Brisman looks to continue that success this winter with the Mustangs' indoor track team.Jason Rearick

Youth is served.

That's the menu for boys and girls indoor track success at both Warde and Ludlowe this season. Stay healthy, develop the young talent and watch the success grow.

First-team All-FCIAC cross country selection Will Brisman, a sophomore, will be part of a youthful Warde boys squad that head coach Tim Foster hopes "will accomplish great things" this season.

"We have to develop the young talent on the team," Foster wrote in his prospectus to the Citizen. "We have a lot of top performers in the ninth and 10th grades, so their development is an absolute for the team's success."

Along with Brisman, who placed 15th in the Class LL cross country meet, sophomores Matt Lee and David Harvey will be looked at to provide depth, while seniors Alex Petrecca -- who placed 11th the Class L 1,000-meter run last season (2:46.96) -- and Mike Delgado and juniors Charlie Kieffer (a second team All-FCIAC cross country pick) and Nike Leppla should provide experience.

"We are typically strong in the middle- and longer-distance events," Foster wrote. "And while this appears to be the same this year, we are a little more well-rounded. We are looking forward to a fun and competitive season."

At Ludlowe, coach David Nulf, now in his 13th season, looks to build on the potential of his young runners, led by sophomores David Bates and Ben Ertel, who was a second team All-FCIAC cross country selection and placed 22nd in the Class L meet.

Bates placed 10th in the Class L track 3,200-meter run last season (10:16.12)

"We're young, but we've been building momentum and commitment in the program over the past few years," Nulf wrote in his prospectus to the Citizen. "We have much more depth this year and our top athletes are getting closer to the high levels of postseason success."

Nulf has four captains this season, Zach Kenton, David Elmore, Joey Ambury and Jake Duncan. Kenton, a senior, is a strong mid-distance runner and a key cog in the Falcons' 400- and 800-meter relay events, while Duncan (who finished 39th in the Class L cross country meet) is Nulf's top returning mid-distance runner.

Both Brett Williams (long jump, sprints) and Dan Leto (mid-distance) begin their third season of track, while Brendan Gutierrez (jumps, hurdles, relays) starts his second season. Mike McArdle and Christian Ghiorzi are new to the team, but have already shown a serious competitive nature.

"These guys are a spirited and committed group," Nulf wrote. "And are building a great foundation for many strong seasons to come."

Ludlowe and Warde will both compete (boys and girls) in a developmental meet on Saturday, Jan. 3, at Wilton, starting at 9:30 a.m.

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Fairfield Prep

After losing five starters, Prep head coach Mark Langston is calling this "a rebuilding year."

"We are looking to develop our freshmen, sophomore and junior classes," Langston wrote to the Citizen. "We have a solid tradition with our distance program and we're out to build on the progress we made during the cross country season. We must continue to develop our sprinting, mid-distance and field events athletes."

Matt Russin and Alec Marchese will be the Jesuits captains this season and Simon Whiteman, George Crist and Andy Thane are some of Langston's top returning athletes.

"Despite our inexperience in the short sprinting and field events," Langston wrote, "we are excited about the future. We have a record number of student-athletes coming out for the first time and they are already showing good progress."

Last season, Prep finished fifth the SCC meet, eighth in the Class LL championships and sixth in the State Open.

The Jesuits will participate in a developmental meet on Wednesday, Jan. 7, at 5 p.m.

Notre Dame

Lancers head coach Ed Berberich is hoping that a large turnout for tryouts will translate into decent depth for the upcoming season.

Adam Riobo (1,600 meters) and Christian Turner (shot put) are the captains.

"We have a potential great mix of young talent to blend with the returning players, who are looking to improve on last season's individual success," Berberich wrote in his prospectus. "We'll have some flexibility with the events my players can compete in, which will help to fill event gaps."

Notre Dame placed 13th in the SWC meet last season.

The Lancers will take part in a developmental meet on Saturday, Jan. 3, at Wesleyan University at 9 a.m.

Warde girls

Despite graduating 10 athletes and calling it "a rebuilding year," Warde girls track coach Shawn Sorbello feels his Mustangs "should be fine."

"We have a core of great athletes," Sorbello wrote in his prospectus to the Citizen. "We have to develop our young athletes for now and for the future."

Quinn Igram, Stephanie Sheehan, Julia Knorr, Hannah Dougherty, Hannah Keating and Roey Mappa headline the returning runners. Igram placed 15th last season in the Class L 1,000-meter run with a time of 3:29.52, while Mappa finished eighth in the Class L 1,600-meter run at 5:40.58. Sheehan took 16th in the Class L 55-meter hurdles, finishing in 10.13 seconds.

"We'll have to rely on our veterans to continue to develop and reach their potential," Sorbello wrote. "Although this is a rebuilding year, we have a core of great athletes and should be fine."

Notre Dame girls

Caitlin Lonegran (600 meters, 1,000 meters) and Stella Henry (3,200 meters) are captains for this year's team.

"We're inexperienced," Berberich wrote. "But we're working on it."

The Lancers will take part in a developmental meet on Saturday, Jan. 3, at Wesleyan University at 9 a.m.

Ludlowe girls

Coach Matt McCloskey did not return a prospectus form to the Citizen.

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