6:28 PM EST, December 6, 2012
10 Male Athletes To Watch
David Campbell, Bloomfield, Sr., 55 meters: Ran 6.68 last year in the State Open.
Joe Crafa, Rocky Hill, Sr., 1,600/3,200 meters: Is running well after an up and down cross country season.
Jared Delane, Northwest Catholic, Sr., 55/300 meters: The area's best sprinter..
Ezra Holmes, Conard, Sr., high jump/long jump: Expected to be among the top jumpers after a breakout outdoor track season last spring.
Ryan Luberto, Windham, Sr., shot put: Will be the early favorite in the shot put after throwing 49-9 3/4 and finishing fourth at the State Open last year.
Galo Rodriguez, Northwest Catholic, Sr., 55 meter hurdles: Made all-New England in outdoor track in the spring.
Brian Sappleton, Windsor, Sr., 300 meters: Is set to take over the mantle of Windsor's next big track standout after the departure of Daniel Jamieson.
Matt Simoneau, Farmington, Sr., 1,600 meters: Finished sixth in the State Open last year in the 1,600 meters but has the fourth-fastest time among returning runners at 4:27.51.
Nicholas Sumby, Old Saybrook, Sr., pole vault: Cleared 12 feet at the State Open last season and could find himself in competition for a top finish after graduation of the top five vaulters.
Dhahran Velasquez, Capital Prep, Jr., 1,000/1,600/3,200 meters: Was fifth at the State Open in cross country.
10 Female Athletes To Watch
Adrien Jones, Bloomfield, Sr., 55 meters: Top returning area sprinter after running 7.42 in the 55 and finishing fifth at the State Open.
Stephanie Deccy, Lewis Mills, Sr., 1,600 meters: Should be among the contenders in a crowded and competitive 1,600 meter field.
Eleanor Freeland, Glastonbury, Sr., high jump: Has the talent to contend for a podium spot at the Open after cracking the top 10 last season.
Sarah Gillespie, Northwest Catholic, Sr. 1,000/1,600 meters: Will try to cap off one of the best careers in indoor track history by lowering her records (800 and 1,000).
Natori Jones, Bloomfield, Jr., high jump/long jump: Won the high jump and long jump at the State Open.
Madeline Nicholson, Simsbury, Sr., shot put: Finished seventh last year at the State Open but returns with the second best throw this season (35-2).
Amber Sekoll, East Hampton, Sr., pole vault: Expected to break into the top three.
Katy Sprout, Tolland, Sr., 55 meter hurdles: The two-time, 300 meter champion in outdoor track will look to qualify for the finals for the first time in indoor track.
Shaydeene Wilson, Hartford Public, Jr., 55 meter hurdles: Ran 8.84 last February to win the Class L championship.
Melissa Wolliston, Windsor, Sr., 55 meter hurdles: Has plenty of motivation this season after missing State Open finals by 0.01 seconds last year.
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