For the Fairfield Warde boys indoor track team, the 2012-13 season will be one of growth.

Warde's top-distance runner Harry Warnick is gone to Villanova. But Mustangs' head coach Tim Foster believes his departure could actually benefit Warde's program.

"We return a bunch of guys, especially in distance, middle distance and relays," Foster said, "who didn't get much credit because Harry had such an outstanding season."

Seniors Stu Peters and

Kyle Byrne will race middle-distances and Chris Bencivengo and

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Connor O'Day will be joined by junior Aidan Fiol in the distance events.

Fiol is coming off a stellar cross country campaign and will look

to improve upon that during indoor.

Seniors Ryan Gavey, Narender Arjoon, Drake Bist and juniors Gary Azarian and Nick Gans will sprint, as Foster is excited about his relay teams-- especially the 4x200 team, which broke the school record last year.

"Last year we had some decent success in the [4x200] relay and three of the four members are back," Foster said. "I'm really excited to see those guys come back."

Conor McGuinness will serve as the Mustangs' top-senior thrower.

On the girls side, Warde coach Shawn Sorbello has an experienced squad with young racers, jumpers and throwers sprinkled in.

"We are excited about the youth in the program and leadership at the top," Sorbello said in an email.

Warde will be led by a pair of strong senior distance runners, Caroline Keough and Katie Tangney. Tangney also will race middle-distances and along with junior Cate Allen-- who won both the 1,000-meter and 1,600-meter at the Class L meet a year ago-- will make up a talented group.

Sorbello also hopes sophomores Lia Joham, Lauren Levine, Quinn Igram, Molly Davidson, as well as freshmen Roey Mappa, Hannah Dougherty will aid both middle- and distance-groups.

Senior sprinter Amy Rosten will be joined by juniors Megan Overby and Blossom Jean-Jacques and sophomores Nicolle Ciccarelli, Nell Carpenter and Heather Gans. Sorbello also hopes freshmen Hannah Keating, Shayna Rainford and Heather Maldonado aid the sprint squad.

Jocie Thibault will lead the throwers, Julia Palmieri is the Mustangs' top long jumper and Zoe Robbin and Erika Leppla will lead the Mustangs' hurdlers.

Sorbello's hopeful to build off the Mustangs' success from last year, in which Warde finished fourth at Class L.

"Our season goals are to go top-three at FCIACs and State Class L," Sorbello said.;