The boys squad has a new head coach as Ben Ingalls takes over with the Senators."I think we've got a good squad and some pretty young athletes," Ingalls said.
The Senators are led by sprinter Shnyden Pierre, long jumper/sprinter Tavon Kinder, and distance specialist Eric Vander Els.
"I'm real excited for this season. I want to get the best out of it," Kinder said, adding that he hopes to make some noise in the long jump event before the season ends.
"I'm expecting to do good things this year," Pierre added.
McMahon's girls team has some standouts in a variety of events, coach Jeff Breston said. Captains are junior distance runner Kristin Burnham, senior thrower McKayla Foster and senior jumper/hurdler/sprinter Sarah Boyd.
Boyd was the state champion in the 55 hurdles and long jump last year. Among the other team members Breston is expecting big things from is junior Annie DeVita, a high jumper who qualified for the FCIAC championships last winter. There are several underclassmen whom Breston is impressed with in the early going. "I see some significant potential," the coach said.
"I'm really excited. We have some great new faces coming out. I think it's going to be very successful overall," Turner said.
Mid-distance/distance runner Christian Bonebrake is captain of the boys squad, and he has personal and team aspirations in place. "I'm hoping to qualify for the state meet and medal at FCIACs," Bonebrake said. "Goals for the team are to get as many people as we can to the FCIAC meet and the state meet."
Hopeton Chambers, a sprinter and hurdler, is the other captain for the boys. Tamia Taylor, a junior sprinter, is among the top runners in the girls lineup.
One of Norwalk's head coaches, Carlos Rodriguez, who works with the distance runners, sees a lot of potential for depth with Ezzy Rodriguez, a state open qualifier from cross country, and Tim Haddon, Jacob Alexander, Kyle Fallon and Andrew Goldstein. Distance standouts among the girls include Sam Bartush and Jess Balasa.
"We still have a young team and, yes, it's developing," Rodriguez said of the Norwalk boys and girls squads.