Preview: Westerly girls indoor track

Preview: Westerly girls indoor track

Head coach: Dave Federico (18th season). Assistant coach: Andrew Iacoi.

Last year: The Bulldogs were 10-0 against Division II-Sullivan competition, won the division meet, were the runners-up in the Medium Class meet and placed third at states.

Returning to varsity:

Seniors: Randi Burr (distance), Quinn Chappelle (sprints), Liz Letizio (middle distance/sprints), Emilee Sisco (sprints). Juniors: Sadie Benn (middle distance/sprints), Kata Cummings (distance), Helena Hall-Thomsen (middle distance/sprints), Caelan Holdredge (sprints/hurdles), Sarah Gray (throws), Alex Mitchell (jumps/sprints). Sophomores: Ashley Amato (middle distance), Sydney Federico (middle distance/sprints), Abigail Turano (distance), Marissa Letizio (throws), Julia Garro (sprints), Adrienne Bowen (sprints).

New to varsity:

Juniors: Hedy Goodman (hurdles), Abigail Keegan (middle distance), Isabelle Huckle (middle distance), Olivia Harris (distance), Macie Woycik (jumps/sprints). Freshmen: Diana Turano (sprints/jumps), Willa Hetu (sprints), Madison Morello (distance), Anna Nyberg (middle distance).

Outlook: Westerly has a talented nucleus, led by Burr, plenty of experience and a vast amount of depth so expect an even better season than last year.

“It’s one of the better teams we’ve had, at least on paper,” Federico said. “Everybody’s got to stay healthy.”

The Bulldogs lost two key members, all-around standout Emma Santee to graduation and thrower Theresa Spear to a knee injury. But with upward of 30 on the roster, Federico said the Bulldogs hope to make up for those lost points, especially on the track.

And on the track is where you’ll find Burr, one of the more decorated runners in school history. Last winter, the UConn-bound senior was All-New England in the mile run (6th place), first-team All-State in the 4x400 and second-team All-State in the 1,500, and that’s just a small sample of her postseason award list.

Burr, Cummings, Hall-Thomsen, Liz Letizio and Sydney Federico should pile up the points for the Bulldogs, especially in relays, which were a strength last season (the 4x400 team of Burr, Hall-Thomsen, Federico and Santee won the state championship and was eighth at New Englands).

“We’re going to bank on our relays,” coach Federico said. “Hopefully we got a year better and hopefully we make up with what we lost with Emma because she was a big part of what we did last year.”

Coach’s take: “We think we can win our division. The Class meet we want to target. [defending state champion] La Salle and [runner-up] Portsmouth are probably the teams to beat at the state level. One of our goals is to compete with them, and, ultimately, to have a chance at the state meet.”

Ken Sorensen


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