Both the boys and girls indoor track teams at Greenwich had record-breaking seasons last year, with the girls winning the FCIAC title for the first time since the 1979-80 season and both teams showing well at the Class LL and State Open meets.

Both teams lost standouts from last year, but with a record 160 athletes coming out for both teams, coach Evan Dubin is confident both teams can once again contend for championships come February.

"We lost the firepower we had. The girls that graduated were first-place finishers," Dubin said. "I don't think we will have as many first-place finishers, but I'm hoping we get more second, fourth and sixth to get comparable points."

Greenwich will once again compete entirely on the road as it lacks proper indoor track facilities, but has been able to practice outside with the mild weather so far this season.

The girls captains are returning seniors Lindsey Noskin (4x200 relay, 600), Naomi Leeds (4x200, 4x400, 300) and Kathryn Bernstein (4x800, 1000).

Noskin feels the teams' depth will take them a long way.

"We definitely have more people in more events," Noskin said. "Last year was a lot about having first and second in FCIACs and states, but this year it's about having third and fourth in almost every event. There is no event we are not able to place, which should be significant in terms of point value."

The boys will be led by L.J. Ambrogio (4x200, 55), Dan Claroni (shot put), Nick Pulitano (4x200, 600, 300) and Dan Wilbanks (4x800, 1600, 1000).

"It will be tough because we are in recovery mode," Ambrogio said. "We lost Ryan (Kelly) and Marcus (Motill), who were top in the state ,but we have a lot of kids with experience and some new people that are looking promising."

At the helm: Dubin is back for his 10th season with the indoor track teams, coaching both the girls and the boys. Dubin will be assisted by Tom Aberle and GHS mainstay Bill Mongovan.

Who's gone?: Amanda Michaud, Claire D'Etiveaud are gone from the girls relay teams and Elizabeth and Abby Markowitz both graduated after stellar high school careers.

For the boys, Motill and Kelly are both running in college after several successful seasons at Greenwich at Louisville and Brown, respectively.

Who's back?: Along with the captains, the boys bring back middle-distance runner Paul Quiroga while the girls return long-distance runner Jenny Goggin and relay runners and sprinters Emily Johnson, Carolyn Paletta, Anna Black and Isabella Narvaez.

The returning runners know what to expect from the FCIAC competition.

"Last year was our first win in a while and we feel we are still at the top of the totem pole," Leeds said. "We want to get back and be top three in the FCIAC because we have a large and strong team. Even though we lost a few incredible sprinters we still have people here that are stepping it up."

Watch out for: The success has brought more athletes out than ever, and one place where the impact is being felt is the throwing events.

Football players Claroni and Alex McGee will be joined by Scooter Harrison in the shotput

Strengths: The relays will once again be strong for both teams and Dubin is hoping the boys sprinters will shine this winter with Ambrogio and Austin Longi prepared to show off their wheels to the rest of the league.

"We have a lot of new people out, but we need a few guys that were on the verge of scoring points last year to score this year," Wilbanks said. "A lot of times the depth will not help us because, unlike cross country, only the top six score points so we need to finish near the top to score."

Weaknesses: Without facilities the field events have been a place where the Cardinals have simply given up points in the past, but Dubin is hoping pole vaulters Tom Chessman and Natalie Hartwell, who have been training away from the team on weekends, will provide some points where once there were none.

Showdowns: The New Haven Invitational is Dec. 14 and will be the first test for the teams. The Yale Indoor Classic is Jan. 18 and normally gives the coaches an indication of what to expect when the postseason rolls around.; 203-625-4458;