Greenwich High boys, girls track teams loaded with depth, talent

Greenwich High School’s Austin Longi sprints to the finish line in first place during last year’s FCIAC championship heat of the 55-meter dash.

Greenwich High School’s Austin Longi sprints to the finish line in first place during last year’s FCIAC championship heat of the 55-meter dash.

Head coach Evan Dubin has a lot going on this season for his Greenwich High School boys and girls indoor track team.

Building off the success of last year’s campaign, Dubin has plenty of talent this season. At the start of preseason, the boys and girls indoor track teams combined for an amazing 177 athletes that were looking to make a splash. After holiday break ended and it was back to school, Big Red didn’t lose that many students, as Dubin currently has close to 150 athletes.

“The team is really big here this year, but everybody is really friendly and really fun,” senior captain Anna Black said. “It’s great having so many upbeat kids on the team. It’s a great environment and it’s like a huge family.”

While there’s a lot of work for Dubin, whether it’s matching up athletes to specific events, scheduling a practice around the halls of Greenwich High School when winter weather makes it impossible to train outside or helping athletes improve by giving out pointers and showing them what they are doing wrong, it’s all a labor of love for the GHS head coach.

“It’s great to have that many people come out,” said Dubin, who remembers a few short years ago when Big Red was lucky to get 50 athletes show up for indoor track. “The only challenge is organizing and supervising. With nearly 150 people, the hardest part is putting kids in events where they can succeed the most. For both the boys and girls, the sophomores are the ones that are deepest and strongest classes this year. I think that we will definitely have success again in the sprint relay events and some of the sprinting individual events.”

For the girls, GHS will be led by seniors Anna Black, Kathryn Mannarino, Sarah Rodriguez and Nicole Graham.

“It’s a lot of fun and I love everybody on the team,” Mannarino said. “Being a senior, I’ve watched the juniors grow up since freshman year and it’s been great to see how they’ve grown. It’s so much fun to see the freshmen here look up to the juniors and seniors for guidance and leadership. We are a family here.”

“They have all been tremendous leaders,” Dubin said. “They are able to get everybody split up into event groups and lead all the stretches. They are doing a great job and are true leaders.

Greenwich High School’s Anna Black takes to the track during last year’s FCIAC Western Division Championships at Staples. — Paul Silverfarb photo

Greenwich High School’s Anna Black takes to the track during last year’s FCIAC Western Division Championships at Staples. — Paul Silverfarb photo

Black will be competing in the 300-meter dash and some of the relays, while Graham will join Black in the 300-meter dash. Last year, Black competed in the 55-meter dash at FCIACs and took second overall with a time of 7.49.

“It’s great being a captain,” Black said. “I’ve been able to learn so much from captains in the past and it feels great influencing younger kids with the experiences that I’ve had. I hope to help the younger kids do better block starts and improve their handoffs if they are in relays.”

Mannarino will be focusing on the hurdle events. Rodriguez will be competing in the middle distance events like the 600-meter run.

On the girls side, Dubin wants to keep that torch going of having successful relay teams. Last year, Greenwich had very solid performances in the relays. During the CIAC class LL meet, Big Red took top honors in the 4×200-meter relay with a time of 1:47.08, second in the 1,600-meter sprint medley relay (4:25.66), third in the 4×400-meter relays (4:08.96) and sixth in the 4×800-meter relay with a time of 10:10.35.

In addition to Black hopefully dominating the 300-meter dash, junior Jenny Goggin will be one of the mainstays in the 1,000- or 600-meter runs. Last year at FCIAC, Goggin took third overall in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 3:10.18.

Sophomore Treloara Harrison, sophomore Anna Giannuzzi, sophomore Isabel Steinthal, sophomore Callie Doyle, sophomore Amy Wyle and junior Mia Bonanno will be looked upon to pick up key points for Big Red in the sprinting or middle distance events.

In the field events, juniors Kylie Ginsberg and Anna Piper will be competing in the high jump. Fellow junior Lindsey Alfano will be looking to achieve gold in the long jump. At FCIACs last year, Alfano took seventh in the long jump with a distance of 15-01 1/4.

Junior Sarah Cicchetti will be competing in the shot put. While Cicchetti has been improving each week, Dubin has high hopes, as Cicchetti was the FCIAC champion in the discus throw last year.

For the boys, Big Red will be led by senior captains Chandler Lasorsa, Stephan DeCarlo, Rob Wilson and John Sulich.

“I think we are going to have a really good year,” Wilson said. “We have kept the injuries to a minimum and the team has gotten stronger. I think, with the potential that we have, we can make a big impact. Leading the team is great. I worked my way up and it’s been nice to be a part of this team. It’s an honor to be a leader of a team like this.”

DeCarlo will be a member of the 4×200-meter relay team and will also long jump. During last year’s FCIAC finals, DeCarlo took eighth in the long jump with a distance of 19-06. Lasorsa will be joining DeCarlo in the 4×200-meter relay and most likely the sprint medley team as well. In addition to the 4×200-meter relay, Wilson will be looking to grab a medal in the 55-meter dash.

“I am very grateful to be one of the leaders here,” DeCarlo said. “We have a special group of kids here and there’s a lot of talent. I feel like our relays are going to be really strong here. We lost some top runners last year to graduation, but we do have some strong runners coming back.”

Sulich, who was one of Greenwich’s runners in the 3,200-meter run for the class LL tournament last year, will be sidelined this season because of a dislocated knee cap.

When it comes to the boys team, Dubin believes his sprint relay teams will be a success this season.

In addition to relays, Dubin, and the rest of the Cardinals, have high hopes for junior football phenom Austin Longi to dominate the 55-meter dash. During last year’s FCIAC championship meet, Longi took first overall with a time of 6.56 seconds.

“I really think that Austin has a really good chance to be a state champion this year,” Dubin said. “If he gets beat by anybody at FCIACs or at States, I’ll be really surprised. He is running really well early this season and his success in football hasn’t hurt him on the track in any way.”

Joining Longi in the sprinting events will senior Robert Wilson. Fellow senior Stephan DeCarlo will be competing in the long jump, while Lasorsa will be the team’s utility athlete, as he can compete in the relays, as well as sprinting events and field events.

“We’ve had a lot of success over the past couple of years and that success has brought in new kids and talent,” Lasorsa said. “I am glad I can lead the kids on the team because we have a lot of young talent.”

Senior Mark Jarombek will be used in the middle distance events, along with fellow senior Spencer Helmrich. In the long distance events, sophomore Andrew Kates will be scoring points for Greenwich in the two-mile event.

Other athletes that Dubin has high expectations for is sophomores Ryan King and Mike Giansello, as well as junior Ed Larkin in the 300-meter dash, sophomore Sebastian Oe in the 1,600-meter run or 1,000-meter run, junior Sean Clarke in the 1,000-meter run.

“We have a lot of guys that can keep the tradition going of solid sprinters and quality distance runners for Greenwich High,” Dubin said.

Just like last season, Dubin has some lofty goals for both his boys and girls track teams.

“On the girls side, I am hoping they would place in the top five of FCIACs,” Dubin said. “For the boys, if we can get top seven it would be nice. I think the relays can help us go into a nice, long postseason run. I think we can get into March with them but getting through to Opens will be a realistic expectation for both boys and girls.”

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