With preseason practices for the high school winter sports season underway, the TGN sports department has compiled a list of indoor track athletes who will make an impact for their respective teams throughout the winter.
Andrew Capps, Narragansett Regional
The senior did not participate in track last year, but coaches Dayna Margarita-Dixon, Charlie Montalbano, and Jess Woodworth all view Capps, who will compete in the 55-meter dash and the 600, as the Warriors’ top sprinter.
Benjamin Digman, Murdock High
After helping the Murdock boys cross-country team to a fifth-place finish in the Mid-Wach C League championships this fall, the freshman will run much shorter races — primarily the 55-meter dash and the 300 — for the Blue Devils.
Head coach Anthony Findley said Digman should earn some points for Murdock in the shot put as well.
Gino DiVito, Gardner High
One of four senior captains on the Wildcats’ roster, DiVito is coming off of a solid cross-country season and will look to put that training to good use across multiple middle- and long-distance events.
“I think he could do anything from the 600 all the way up to the 2-mile,” said Gardner High head coach Mike Lawrence.
DiVito, who could also compete in the shot put, will contribute on the 4×200, 4×400 relay teams, as well.
Brett Earle, Quabbin Regional
The senior captain set the school’s long jump record last spring and he’s set his sights on collecting two more as the Panthers’ top returning sprinter.
“He’s got a great shot at the 55-meter dash and the 300 record,” Quabbin head coach Matt Castriota said of Earle, who will also compete in the high jump. “He’s one of the top sprinters in the league and potentially the state.”
Owen Faulha, Quabbin Regional
The senior captain holds two school records in football and one in outdoor track, but he’s eyeing yet another this winter as he strives to become the first in Quabbin history to heave a shot put 50 feet.
Castriotta said Faulha, who will also compete in the 55-meter dash and on the 4×200 relay team, was reaching 48 feet with the shot put last spring so both the indoor record of 44 feet and Faulha’s stated goal are within reach.
Matt Hughes, Narragansett Regional
A leader on the offensive and defensive lines for the Warriors’ football team which claimed the program’s first playoff win in 11 years in early November, Hughes will earn points in the shot put and provide plenty of senior leadership.
Lars Jenkins, Quabbin Regional
In addition to competing in the high jump, the senior captain is striving to finish among the top three in the league in the 55-meter hurdles this winter.
“He finished seventh in the Central/West meet during outdoors in the 110 hurdles,” said Castriotta, “so I think it’s a realistic goal.”
Kamden Law, Oakmont Regional
Fresh off of a 101st-place showing in the Division 3 All-State Cross-Country championships, the junior is expected to be among the Spartans’ top runners in the mile and a member of their 4×400 relay team.
Head coach Dan Dufour also envisions Law competing in the 600 meters.
Declan LeClair, Oakmont Regional
Also a member of the Spartans’ cross country team, the junior will compete in much shorter distance races this winter as LeCLair is likely to be the team’s top 55-meter hurdler.
LeClair will also run the 300 and join Law and junior Russell Hertel (55 hurdles, high jump) on the Spartans’ 4×400 relay team.
Alex Lucier, Gardner High
On the heels of a strong cross country season, the senior captain is expected to compete in the 1,000 meters and the mile for the Wildcats.
“I was super impressed with him two years ago toward the end of the season when he broke 5 minutes for a mile and now, two years later, he must be much faster,” said Lawrence. “If you can break into the 5-minute range you can start to compete at the state level.”
Lucier will also have a role on the Wildcats’ 4×200 and 4×400 relay teams.
Moeketsi Molai, Murdock High
The lone senior on the Blue Devils roster this winter, Molai will score points in the 55-meter dash, the 300 and the 55-meter hurdles.
He’ll also likely compete in the high jump during league meets and, once the tournament season rolls around, add the triple jump to his resume, too.
Ernest Nyorko, Gardner High
On a roster featuring considerable depth in the middle and long distance races, the senior captain fills a vital need as the Wildcats’ top sprinter. Nyorko’s primary events will be the 55-meter dash and the 300 meters, but he will also compete in the shot put.
Fredy Peralta, Gardner High
The last time anyone saw the Wildcats senior race in the 600 meters in a statewide competition was two years ago when Peralta finished 10th, three-tenths of a second behind the eighth and final scoring position, at the Division 5 Indoor Track and Field Championships.
“He didn’t have the opportunity to compete at the state level last year” due to the coronavirus pandemic cancelling tournaments, said Lawrence. “That’s why I think it’s going to be amazing to see something from him this year.”
A team captain, Peralta will also compete in the high jump and will likely be a member of the Wildcats’ 4×200 or 4×400 relay teams.
Matt Spivey, Monty Tech
Another talented short distance runner who steadily improved throughout the outdoor season last spring, the junior is slated to compete in the 55-meter dash and the 300 meters for the Bulldogs.
Henry Telicki, Oakmont Regional
A returning junior, Telicki is a Spartan whose winter exploits will be worth following as he attempts to transition from a 55-meter hurdler into a 2-mile runner.
It’s not nearly as drastic of a transition as it sounds, however.
“His brother Ben was a big-time, state-level hurdler and I think Henry picked it up because Ben did it,” said Dufour, “but over the last couple of years Henry has realized that he really likes cross-country. The fact that we don’t have a lot of two-milers right now really puts him immediately into the head of the pack for us. It’s a good spot for him.”
Dante Tessier, Monty Tech
A District qualifier as a freshman two years ago, Tessier is at the front of the Bulldogs’ pack in the 55-meter dash and the 300. He will also compete in the shot put.
Quinn Wiedle, Narragansett Regional
The youngest Warrior on our list, the ‘Gansett freshman nevertheless is expected to compete for points in the mile and the 2-mile.
“He took minutes off of his time during the cross-country season,” said Margarita-Dixon. “He will be one of our promising distance runners.”
Gavin Zabik, Murdock High
The freshman has an opportunity to be the Blue Devils’ strongest mile and two-mile runner this winter after a solid cross-country season which included a 22nd-place showing in the Mid-Wach C League championship meet.
If he wants the title of best long distance runner at Murdock, however, he must hold off classmate Jackson Skawinski, who will be running in the same events. Findley expects the pair of freshmen to push each other throughout the season.