For the Indians, it has been a tough last five years compared to their successes in the previous decade.
But they remain hopeful they can build the Manchester name back the way they did before.
Led by the trio of distance runners Patrick Dibble, Matthew Reichelt and Alan Pearl, the Indians will hope to keep pace with the area's best, Windsor and Glastonbury, through their distance team. Dibble is trying to beat the school record in the 1,600 meters. … Manchester may be rebuilding, but CCC North foe Glastonbury is once again the talk of the division. The Tomahawks return brothers Patrick and Ryan Shiring and should build off last season's ninth-place finish at Class LL. … South Windsor has Ryan Karzar and Ryan Voker looking to factor into the results.
Simsbury Strong Again
Traditional downstate powers Danbury, Staples, Hillhouse and Greenwich should all once again be among the favorites to contend for the sport's biggest prize — the State Open title.
But that doesn't mean area teams won't put up a fight. They'll just have their hands full.
Led by Simsbury, which finished seventh last year, several programs from northern Connecticut should improve on performances from last year.
Windsor, Hand, Sheehan and Conard should all contend for a spot in the top 15 this season.
Last season, Simsbury, Cheshire, Northwest Catholic and Rocky Hill were the only teams to make the top 15 from the area.
The Trojans appear to be one of the most talented teams early on and among the best in the CCC West. Despite losing part of their record-setting 4x800 team, Simsbury has Jack Genovese and Kyle Heubner prepared to lead the way. Chandler Ives is also back in the pole vault. ... Farmington will also be looking to take a step up from last season's 20th finish in Class L. The Indians have a strong group of distance runners, including Matt Simoneau and Matt Chisholm. The pair are coming off strong performances in the outdoor season and expect to be a tough duo to break in the 1,600 meters. … Patrick Williamson has another strong team at Northwest Catholic in his third season. Led by one of the state's best sprinters, Jared Delane, distance runner Joe Doyle and hurdler Galo Rodriguez, Northwest Catholic will once again compete in the Class S Championship.