The Wethersfield Track & Field team is coming off a Class MM title last season and head coach Jeff Weber will have several athletes returning this season in their pursuit for back-to-back titles. Last season, the Eagles easily defeated the competition at the Class MM finals, despite not having a single athlete win an event. Several top-five finishes allowed the Eagles to finish 13 points clear of second-place Branford during last June’s event at Middletown High School.
Weber, who has been coaching at Wethersfield since 1998 and is also an assistant coach for the Eagles’ indoor track team, will have the tough task of filling the voids left by a talented group of exiting seniors. One of those seniors was sprinter O’Neil Drummond, who finished second in the 100-meter dash and was the key anchor of the 4x100 meter reply. Drummond will be tough to replace, but the team has a host of athletes that will be up for the task.
The team is stacked with athletes who can run, jump, and throw with anybody in the state. Senior Conner Jones assumes the bulk of the sprinting responsibilities left by Drummond’s departure. Helping fill Drummond’s speedy shoes will be Elijah Young, who showed great wheels and promise as a freshman, finishing with the second-fastest time amongst freshmen during the 100-meter dash preliminaries last season. Young also finished seventh in the triple jump, which was the best finish amongst freshmen.
Senior Pierce Weatherspoon and his aerial abilities will lead the Wethersfield jump-team. As a junior, the high-flying Eagle finished just outside the qualifying points during the finals of the high jump. He is also coming off an impressive basketball season, where he would wow crowds with his leaping ability on the court.
The throwing events are where Wethersfield should really excel. Zac Livingston and Whitton Devaux finished second and third, respectively, in the javelin throw as juniors. John Tapia is the discus guru and is entering his junior season. Tapia finished second in the discus finals at the Indoor Track finals earlier this year. Senior strongman Giancarlo Serrao returns after a top-five finish in the shot put last season.
All told, it should be another competitive season for the Eagles. The team will open with the first two meets at home. They will take on 2013 Class L champ Windsor in the second of the two home dates. The showdown with Windsor will take place at Wethersfield High School on Tuesday, April 15th at 3:45 p.m.
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