As far as some events are concerned the Trojans should be in good shape. They may have to do some searching to find athletes to fill others.
“We’re young,” said sixth-year head coach Lloyd Weinstein. “We’ve going to develop some people.”
About 45 athletes came out for this season’s team, which started practice more than two weeks ago. Each class is well-represented in terms of numbers and Weston will no doubt call upon those from each one to contribute.
Much of the team is in good shape already as most of Weston’s athletes competed during the winter on the indoor track team. It will also count on those who are back from last season’s squad.
Despite being in a rebuilding year of sorts, Weston managed to finish with a 11-1-1 regular-season record and finished fifth at the South-West Conference finals. It was 10th out of 32 at the state Class M meet.
The Trojans did graduate a few quality athletes since then, including former captain Brad DeMarco. An All-SWC second team selection, he was part of the league runner-up 4×800 meter relay unit and also ran distance events.
Weston also lost sprinter Sebastian Valin as well as hurdlers Jason Perlik and Chris Chao.
A more mature team this year, Weston has 11 seniors, a number of whom were major point scorers last year. Among these are seniors Dave Stankiewicz, Noah Krassin, Jon Savicky and Larry Cass.
Stankiewicz (All-SWC) and Krassin will run in the 400 meters and up. Savicky (All-SWC) is a candidate for the 200 and 400 meters.
Cass (All-SWC honorable mention) is an experienced thrower who will compete in the shot put and discus. Classmate Trent Monges will also compete in the throwing events. Running distance is Will Glaser.
Another experienced distance runner is James Murphy, a junior. Classmate Cole Clark will also compete in the distance events.
From the sophomore Class is Simeon Okoro (All-SWC), one of Weston’s better sprinters. New to the team is Chris Petty, a sprinter who ran during the indoor season. Newcomer Ian Stuebbe also competed during the indoor season and Weinstein hopes he can compete in the jumps.
Weston will be experienced in the pole vault with Harry Manning and Nick DiBartholomeo.
Weinstein thinks Weston should again be solid in the relay events, particularly the 4×400. He did not the team is a little thin right now in the hurdles and the jumps.
“We’re working on getting a lot of athletes into those holes and see what we can create,” he said.
If things go according to plan the Trojans can finish in the top two or three places in the SWC and in Class M. Their first test comes on Monday when they open the season at home against Stratford, Brookfield and Notre Dame.
“We definitely have the potential to be there,” said Weinstein. “We need everyone to be healthy.”