Boys indoor track preview: Avoiding injury will be key for Weston

Chris Petty works on the high jump during Weston High boys indoor track practice. The Trojans open the season this week.—Rocco Paul Valluzzo photo

A new season brings the same goals for the Weston High boys indoor track team as it gets ready to compete in 2012-13.

The Trojans have already set their sights on South-West Conference and state Class M titles. Such is not unrealistic given the athletes they have.

“As long as the team stays healthy and continues to work hard they have a good chance of achieving these goals,” said 15th-year head coach Matt Medve.

The team has been working hard since practice officially started more than two weeks ago. So far the Trojans have been fortunate in taking advantage of favorable weather conditions and have spent a lot of time training outside.

With 52 athletes Weston definitely has good numbers. They have most events covered quite well while others, such as the high and long jumps could use some work.

Some athletes are back from last season’s squad, which finished as South-West Conference runner-up behind Newtown. It was sixth in Class M.

A few athletes have also graduated since then, including former captain Brad DeMarco, a distance runner. Also gone are long sprinter Jensen Frost and relay runner Jack Curran, both All-SWC second team selections.

Among the more experienced athletes Weston has back are senior captains David Stankiewicz, Noah Krassin and Larry Cass. Stankiewicz is a middle distance runner and an All-SWC selection last season, winning the 1,000 meters.

Krassin, an All-SWC second team selection, will run distance. Both are also experienced relay runners. Cass, an All-SWC selection, is the defending league champ in the shot put.

For the sprints Weston has senior Jon Savicky (All-SWC second team). Classmate Will Glaser will run distance.

Junior Brian Lonergan (All-SWC second team), a sprinter and relay runner, is also back. Nick DiBartholomeo (All-SWC honorable mention) brings experience to the pole vault.

Weston will count on a number of other athletes to step up and score points during the course of the season as well as in the league and state meets. For the former, it can expect competition from defending champ Newtown as well as Brookfield and New Fairfield.

It opens the season this week with the New Haven Invite on Friday at Hillhouse High in New Haven and has the Reindeer Relays on Saturday in Wilton.

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