Planning to be competitive

By BRIAN JENNINGS

STAFF WRITER

2017 REGULAR SEASON

Overall Record—2-4 (0-0 home, 2-4 away).

CCC South Region Record—2-4.

CCC South White Division Record—2-3.

2017 POSTSEASON

CCC South Championship (at Willow Brook Park, New Britain)—10th/11 overall (5 medalists); T4th/6 in White Division.

Top Track—Cole McNamara: 3200m run, 4th/16 (10:30.48).

Top Field—Collin Martin: shot put, 5th/15 (38’7.5”); javelin throw, 5th/17 (142’9”). Wyatt Rita: discus throw, 5th/17 (113’5”).

CCC South Champion—Middletown.

CCC South Runner-Up—Bristol Central.

CCC South White Champion—Middletown.

CCC South White Runner-Up—Rocky Hill.

Class M Championship (at Willow Brook Park, New Britain)—DNP (11 athletes, 11 events, 0 medalists).

Top Track—Angel Wren: 100m dash, 9th/44 (11.59).

Top Field—Edgar Wynkoop, high jump, T10th/11 (5’8”).

Class M Champion—Bloomfield.

Class M Runner-Up—Seymour.

State Open (at Willow Brook Park, New Britain)—DNQ.

State Open Champion—Daniel Hand.

State Open Runner-Up—Danbury.

2018 SEASON

Head Coach—Tim Shea, first year as head coach of varsity program (178-20-1 over 14 seasons at Woodland).

Assistant Coaches—Rick Collins, Doug McGough, Robin Mills, Scot Wenzel, Ryan Acey, Mike Lang.

Graduated—7.

Team Captains—TBA.

Other Key Returners:

Collin Martin (senior)—Throws.

EJ Wynkoop (senior)—Sprints, jumps.

Nick Costantini (senior)—Pole vault.

Jailen Lindsey (senior)—Sprints, jumps.

Wyatt Rita (senior)—Throws.

Luke San Juan (senior)—Sprints, pole vault.

TK McCrory (junior)—Sprints.

John Siani (junior)—Sprints.

Brendan Quilter (junior)—Pole vault.

Cole McNamara (junior)—Mid/long distance.

Connor McNamara (junior)—Mid/long distance.

Peter Bienasz (junior)—Sprints, hurdles.

Jason Mills (junior)—Throws.

Angel Wren (sophomore)—Sprints, jumps.

Fabi La Oz (sophomore)—Sprints, jumps.

Andrew Kane (junior)—Mid/long distance.

The Observer asked Shea the following questions about the upcoming season:

Observer—What stands out and is unique about this year’s team? What is the one big thing about this year’s team?

Shea—We have a large number of boys. We are working very hard and looking forward to getting going. We want to compete in everything.

O—What are going to be the keys to having a successful season?

S—We are trying to develop depth in every event. We don’t want to leave any points on the track or in the field.

O—What events or areas of the playing field is the team strongest in?

S—We feel we will be competitive in the throws, pole vault, and jumps.

O—What events or areas of the playing field does the team have to improve most?

S—We are trying to develop depth in the sprints and distance events. We need to stay healthy.

O—Are there any other major changes from last year, either to the league, schedule, team, or program in general?

S—We finally have full use of our facility and will be hosting home meets as well.

O—Why should people follow the team?

S—We are working hard and will be competitive every meet. It will benefit us later in the season.

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