Head coach: Marc Tardiff (18th season).
Last year: Wheeler was 4-4 overall and 2-4 in ECC Division IV. The Lions placed 22nd at the Class S state meet.
Returning to varsity:
Seniors: Joe Biggs, Michael Carroll (captain), Cam Reyes. Juniors: Sean Boldt, Ben Dobley, Aiden Rauthbun, John Tillinghast, Ruy Fernandez-Autran. Sophomore: Michael O’Gara, David Anderson.
New to varsity:
Freshmen: Evan Browne, Nathaniel Dobley.
Outlook: Wheeler looks to be competitive in ECC Division IV this season — the Lions return all of their scorers from last season.
Carroll should be the No. 1 runner this season.
“Michael is a strong runner. He’s going to be one of the top runners in Division IV,” Tardiff said. “He’s proven himself over the past couple of years. He really cross trains and bikes a lot.”
Reyes will be pushing Carroll this season. Dobley has also become taller and stronger.
Tillinghast and O’Gara should also be scorers for the Lions.
Coach’s take: “We want to do well in the ECC fourth division. Plainfield is pretty tough this year. And I want to work with our fourth, fifth and sixth runners so we can be very competitive.”
— Keith Kimberlin