Preview: Westerly boys cross country

Preview: Westerly boys cross country



Head coach:

Dave Federico (1st season).

Last year:

Westerly had one its best seasons in at least a decade, finishing 8-2 in the Southern Division and second at the Class B championships.

Returning to varsity:

Seniors:

Dylan Ada, Mathieu Brissette, Sam Lutzel, Brendon Peck.

Juniors:

Colby Makin, Tyler Faubert, Brandon Perrone, Sebastian Reisch, Aaron Tallardy, John Turo.

Sophomores: Tanner Kelly, Owen McLaughlin, Jesus Otero, Russell Saylor.

New to varsity:

Junior:

Nick Turo.

Sophomore:

Jacob Dauphinais.

Freshmen:

Nick Cozzolino, Michael Esposito, Nick Hence, Joe Murdock, Elias Orphanides, Ben Smestad, Brandon Tallardy.

Outlook:

Westerly will be without the services of Matthew Walker, who won the Class B championship last season. He is now at the University of New Hampshire.

Westerly will not have a leader of the pack this season. A group of six to nine runners are all very close in talent and will all contribute before the season ends.

“They are all like the same person,” Federico said. “They are all competing against themselves.”

Lutzel, Makin, Thomas McLaughlin, Reisch, Kelly, Aaron Tallardy, Faubert, Peck and Nick Turo are all capable of scoring for the Bulldogs this season.

Federico has been the longtime coach of the highly successful girls indoor and outdoor track teams. He is new to cross country, replacing Ryan Palmer.

“It’s way more laid back [than track], very, very stress free,” Federico said. “They go on their runs, do their hill workouts and some stuff on the track. Everyone is running a much longer distance.

“I’m learning some from what they did last year. Not much has really changed. It’s just like track, the boys and girls train together.”

Coach’s take:

“I think we could be pretty good. The roster is huge, and we have a pretty good group with 20-plus kids on the team, which is a lot. North Kingstown and Chariho are the best in the division, but after that we could be in the top three, which gets you to the state meet. Whatever happens from there would be great.”

— Keith Kimberlin


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