The Fairfield Ludlowe boys indoor track team had an extremely successful 2009-10 season.

The Falcons won the Western Division championship a year ago, en route to a sixth-place finish at the FCIAC championship.

"It was a bit of a surprise," Ludlowe boys coach Dave Nulf said. "I think it was a surprise to Ridgefield too."

However 2010-11 is a new season, and the Falcons fully intend on picking up where they left off last winter. Ludlowe has seen a spike in its number of team members by about 10 from where the team started in the 2009-10. However, to regularly compete in the FCIAC, Nulf knows he's going to need more.

"We're trying to build numbers a bit," Nulf said. "We're going to continue to try to attract the kids."

The boys squad welcomes back standout sprinter, senior captain Tyler Schwarz. Schwarz took seventh place at the FCIAC meet a year ago in the 300. A year older, and a year wiser, Schwarz, will look to improve in the 300, 55, and in the high jump.

Senior Evan Jacobs will join Schwarz as a thrower.

Ludlowe will also have depth in the distance events. Top returning junior Mike Frasco has had success in the mile and two-mile. Frasco will run the relays as well. Robert Thottam will also provide the Falcons with some much-needed experience and leadership as a senior captain in the 1,600, 3,200 and 4x800 relay.

"Our talent is in the distance," Nulf said.

Senior captain George He will also run the middle distances. In the throwing positions, Tom Hammons and Mike McQuade will spearhead a group that will try to improve.

Having experienced boys is important for Nulf because he knows that they'll help his younger kids see the methodology that he brings.

"We want to get the younger kids focused on how to do things," Nulf said. "It takes kids a while to get a sense of where we're going, and the kids who have been there before give guidance."

On the girls side, junior captain Maureen Dougherty will return. The dominant Dougherty finished 12th in the country in the 5,000 and 12th in the long jump at the Class LL a year ago.

"She should be our top scorer in the 3,200 and 1,600," Ludlowe girls coach Amanda Parrish said.

Senior captain Elise Perazzini and junior Sydney Kay will boost the sprinters. Perazzini scored at the Class LL and Kay qualified for the State Open a year ago.

Parrish also has high hopes for junior Marissa Klein.

"I think it is realistic to expect her to be a key in the divisional meets for us," Parrish said.

For both squads, improving is the most important thing.

"We want to get as many kids as possible for FCIAC and state meets," Nulf said.