Wildcats track team finishes strong at invitationals
By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Suffield - posted Fri., Feb. 4, 2011
SUFFIELD - When Joe Sinicrope first started coaching boys’ and girls’ track at Suffield High School, Lyndon B. Johnson was president. It seems almost incomprehensible for any one person to devote so much of their lifetime to a sport, but Sinicrope would not have it any other way.
“Things have changed a lot since then,” Sinicrope said. “The building and the athletics were a lot different back then, and practicing indoors was a big challenge. We had to run in strange patterns and have meets in the hallways.”
With a current roster of approximately 60 athletes, Sinicrope is hopeful the Wildcats will be able to match or exceed last year’s success. “The girls were the NCCC champs last year, and the boys finished third,” Sinicrope said. “Several of last year’s athletes qualified for the state meet, one qualified for the New England Championship and two ran in the National Scholastic Indoor Championship.”
In 2011, both the girls’ and boys’ teams are off to strong starts. With top 10 finishes at both the New Haven Invitational and Shoreline Conference Invitational, the Wildcats are a front runner for states. Taking one meet at a time, Sinicrope prepares his team for the upcoming competition. “In the NCC championship, the Ellington girls will be a major competitor, as well as the Canton and Ellington boys.”
Sinicrope credits the team’s early wins to its strong distance runners. “Our team’s greatest strength is in the middle distance and distance races, although this year both teams are better balanced than in previous years,” he said.
Both boys’ and girls’ team members credit the overall success of the program to Sinicrope. With obvious respect for her coach, co-captain Sarah Wilson sums it up best. “Coach Sinicrope is what it’s all about,” she said. “He’s just the best.”
Suffield High School Indoor Track Head Coach Joe Sinicrope.
Number of seasons with the team: 44
Thoughts on the season: “For both the boys’ and girls’ teams, our goal is to defend our position in the NCCC,” the coach said.
Captains: Sarah Wilson, Mary Kate Tracey, Zach Anderson, Dan Moroney and Peter Zaffetti.
Complete schedule on www.mysportsresults.com
Dan Moroney, Junior, Co-captain.
Currently sidelined with a compression fracture in his foot, Moroney finished third in the NCCC in the 3,200, fifth in the Class S 1,600 and was named as an NCCC All-Conference athlete in 2010. This season at both the New Haven Invitational and Shoreline Conference Invitational, Moroney took second in the 3,200. A member of both indoor and outdoor track, he also runs cross-country in the spring.
Sarah Wilson, Senior, Co-captain.
Wilson is the current NCCC Champion in the 300, 1,000 and 4X400 Relay. In the 2010 season, she finished fourth in the Class M 100 and was selected as an NCCC All-Conference athlete. This season, Wilson is off to an impressive start, finishing first in the 800 at the New Haven Invitational and first in the 1,000 at the Shoreline Conference Invitational. Wilson hopes to attend a four-year college in the Boston area with a major in mathematics.