Fairfield Ludlowe boys track follows up strong 2010 with better 2011
In 2010, the Fairfield Ludlowe boys outdoor track and field team came out of nowhere.
But in 2011, the squad was even better.
The Falcons stunned the FCIAC by winning the Eastern Division indoor championship a year ago, Ludlowe followed that up in 2011 with a repeat division win in the indoor, and also winning the outdoor division championship this year.
"We had a competitive year for sure," Falcons' boys coach Dave Nulf said.
Ludlowe was 5-0 against the central division and had a 9-1 dual meet record in 2011, and finished eighth at the FCIAC meet. The Falcons' 4x800 relay team finished 10th at the New England meet. The relay squad also scored points at the State Open and Class L meet.
Ludlowe finished with 18 points at the Class L meet, its most points at the state meet ever.
Nulf praised the work ethic of his 4x800 team, Jack White, Robert Thottam, Will Galle and Mike Frasco. White, Galle and Frasco will return in a year, also, to continue to build upon the fourth place at Ls and sixth place at State Open.
"They're strong junior distance runners," Nulf said. "The followed the examples of the seniors in front of them and have earned that success."
Nulf also singled out runner Tyler Schwarz, who is headed to Marist to run next year. Schwarz also set three new school records, was a captain and tallied the most points of any team.
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"He's been great for a couple of years now," Nulf said.
The Falcons' outdoor track program continues to grow, and the group of departing seniors put a huge stamp on Ludlowe's success. Schwarz, Thottam, He and others helped grow the Falcons' from a group who was 13th in 2008 to division champs this year.
Nulf also believes that as new kids continue to come out for the team, he and the team, see the surprise success stories come out. Included in that is John Grant, the javelin thrower who came out of nowhere at the end of the year and finished fifth, throwing it 149-10 at Ls. Grant topped that with a throw of 155 feet at Opens, placing 20th.
"He was a bit of a surprise," Nulf said of Grant. "He had a huge improvement in the end."
Nulf also singled out Tom Hammons as an athlete who continued to improve in the long and triple jumps as he continued to work at it. Hammons set the school record in the long jump, and placed 11th at states in the event.
"He stuck with it in the spring, and scored a ton of points," Nulf said. "That's something I wouldn't have expected."
As his program keeps getting bigger and better, Nulf just hopes to see that success become the norm, and also that it will breed more kids coming out for his indoor and outdoor teams.
"I'd like to see that level of competition become the expectation," Nulf said. "We strive to be right back where we were this year next year."
He'd also like to see more role players from other sports consider running track.
"We need to continue to draw kids," Nulf said. "We're hoping that the success we've had will attract others over to us."