New Milford’s indoor track teams prepare for new season
The New Milford High School boys and girls indoor track teams are working hard and taking advantage of the last few chances to work outside before the start of the season.
Catching a bit of a break in the weather in what has been a wet fall, the Green Wave have been braving some of the elements to get ready for the 2018-19 indoor season.
“I always have us practice outside until the weather is unbearable, in part because I believe it breeds that toughness necessary to compete at a high level in the winter season,” New Milford indoor track coach Ryan Rebstock said. “Both teams have been working extremely hard early on.”
On the boys side the team returns some key athletes from last season’s SWC runner up squad. The Green Wave will also rely on some new young talent to fill in the gaps created by some losses to graduation.
Rebstock said that the team will miss departed seniors Zack Matson, Charlie Osborne and Jacob Meadows, all of whom were elite in their respective events.
Of the returners Eli Nahom is expected to have a big impact on the team. Nahom is coming off a State Open title in cross country and should be a force in the distance events, along with Garred Farrell and RJ Harkin.
Jason Golembeski and Jesse Meadows should be competitive in the mid distance events. Luke Chastain and Andre Vial, along with Matt Bouzakis, will anchor a strong sprint and relay squad.
Freshmen Chris Bon Tempo and Nolan Freeman look strong early on and could be relied on to score in their young careers.
“As a team we hope to be in the hunt for an elusive indoor SWC championship, and to match or better our second place finish in Class L last winter,” Rebstock said.
The girls team is working so hard this season and they will look to turn some heads this winter. The versatile Darcy Cook will be missed, but the additions of Ciara Anderson and Claire Daniels should bolster the squad.
A freshman, Daniels is coming off a stellar fall in which she won the Class L title and qualified for New England’s, and Ciara will join a motivated group of sprinters led by Souraya Taouil, McKenzie Kleppin, and Emma Street.
“Our mid distance and distance squads are loaded, and should score a lot of points under the tutelage of Coach Mike Nahom,” Rebstock said.
Shannon Palmer, Brooke Morabito, and Katie Delaney are coming off all state and all conference fall seasons, along with the talented Shae Zeitler. Nicole Sundstrom will look to lead a small but dedicated throwing core to SWC qualification and beyond. Jessica Matson looks to be a scorer in the pole vault at SWCs.
“As a group we hope to start climbing our way up the SWC ranks and I think we might surprise some people this season,” Rebstock said.