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Preview: Westerly boys’ track


Head coach:

Ryan Palmer (11th season)

Assistant coach:

Leanne Noonan, Nick DeScuillo.

Last year:

The Bulldogs had a rough season as a team and finished with a 2-7 mark in the Southern Division (tied for eighth with Exeter-West Greenwich), but Joey Colao did win a state title in the discus.

Returning to varsity:

Seniors:

Cooper Ferreira, Jon Jacobs, Michael Johns.

Juniors:

Riyan Lennon, Clayton Minnich, Terrell Norris.

Sophomores:

Ben Calitri, Dan Carr, Brandon Rathbun, Justin Senior, Christian Trebisacci, Mark Walker, Mike Henson.

New to varsity:

Freshmen:

Austin Degiacamo, Max Miller.

Outlook:

A young Bulldog team will look to find an identity this season.

Coach Ryan Palmer said he isn’t sure what his team will be good at yet, but said he was pleased with the number of underclassmen on his team (22).

Even with the departure of state champion discus thrower Colao the Bulldogs still have some solid throwers on the squad.

Indoor Southern Division shot put champion Jon Jacobs will look to improve on his winter performance.

Likewise, Palmer said he expects significant improvement from Jacobs and his other indoor award winners Riyan Lennon (long jump) and Mike Johns (300).

Lennon will not only compete in the long jump, but will likely throw and sprint as well.

“He’s a multi-event athlete. I think we’re training him from a decathlete perspective,” Palmer said with a laugh.

“I think our strength will be mid-distance on down to sprinting and maybe throwing too.

Palmer said that the he has a number of young runners ready to compete in the sprint events, but no one has distinguished himself at this early stage of the season.

Coach’s take: “It’s the same as always, I have a young team and we’ll see what we can do. The Southern Division is the toughest division in the state, it’s hard to compete there. We have 27 kids who will compete really want to compete and hopefully we can get better and improve every time we go out there.”



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