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Meet the Captains: Boys Winter Track

Olivia O'Connell, Staff Writer

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Jack O’Meara

When did you first begin playing the sport?                                                      

9th grade.

Do you want to play this sport in college?

Unsure.

Are you committed for this sport?

No.

Who was a prominent coach in your sports career? Why?

Corey Coogan because he taught me everything I know about track.

What other activities/clubs are you involved in?

Student Council, Spring Track and Football.

How do you feel going into this season?

I feel pretty good. We have a strong class of returning seniors and juniors that I believe can help push our team to the next level.

What are some goals set for the team this coming season?/How do you plan to achieve these goals?

Our goal is to win our division and we plan on achieving this by having every athlete train and focus on their specific race.

Who are some big opponents/rivals? Why?

Norwood because they have some decent runners and always but a good fight.

Do you think the team will make tournament/post season? How far do you think you’ll make it?

Track’s postseason consists mostly of individuals, but I believe we have a lot of athletes that can qualify for the postseason meets.

 

Paddy Hinton

When did you first begin playing the sport?                                 

Freshmen year.

Do you want to play this sport in college?

No.

Are you committed for this sport?

No.

Who was a prominent coach in your sports career? Why?

Coach Coogan because he is very friendly and cares more about the athletes than results.

How do you feel going into this season?

Pretty good.

What are some goals set for the team this coming season?/How do you plan to achieve these goals?

We are looking to win divisionals which is possible if we can all push each other.

Who are some big opponents/rivals? Why?

Natick.

Do you think the team will make tournament/post season? How far do you think you’ll make it?

I think we have a good shot winning divisionals and I think we have a couple athletes who could pretty far into the post season.

 

James Berton

When did you first begin playing the sport?                                 

Sophomore year.

Do you want to play this sport in college?

Yes.

Are you committed for this sport?

No.

Who was a prominent coach in your sports career? Why?

Corey Coogan because he has always believed in me and would always push me in practice which has helped me get to where I am today.

What other activities/clubs are you involved in?

I was a part of the soccer team for 4 years.

How do you feel going into this season?

I feel really confident in the guys we have in every event.

What are some goals set for the team this coming season?/How do you plan to achieve these goals?

To win the Bay State title and then keep winning from there.

Who are some big opponents/rivals? Why?

Smith Charles of Milton. He is the fastest kid in the state and I will be looking forward to racing him again this season.

Do you think the team will make tournament/post season? How far do you think you’ll make it?

Yes, and I feel very confident that we could compete for a state championship.

 

Paul Sacramona

When did you first begin playing the sport?                            

Junior year.

Do you want to play this sport in college?

Unsure.

Are you committed for this sport?

No.

Who was a prominent coach in your sports career? Why?

Coach Coogan, because he really got me interested and helped me work through the beginning so that I would get better.

What other activities/clubs are you involved in?

Golf and Rec Basketball.

How do you feel going into this season?

Very strong now that I know what I’m getting myself into.

What are some goals set for the team this coming season?/How do you plan to achieve these goals?

I would like to be able to make it to All States by working hard every week.

Who are some big opponents/rivals? Why?

Milton because they have Smith Charles.

Do you think the team will make tournament/post season? How far do you think you’ll make it?

Yes, we will probably make it to Divisionals and a select few athletes will make it to All States.

 

Shane Grant

When did you first begin playing the sport?               

Freshman year.

Do you want to play this sport in college?

Unsure.

Are you committed for this sport?

No.

Who was a prominent coach in your sports career? Why?

Coach Giblin because he has taught me a lot and helped me progress through the years..

What other activities/clubs are you involved in?

Green Team and Badminton Club.

How do you feel going into this season?

Good.

What are some goals set for the team this coming season?/How do you plan to achieve these goals?

Win Divisionals as a team by raining hard.

Who are some big opponents/rivals? Why?

Wellesley, they are a tough team to go against.

Do you think the team will make tournament/post season? How far do you think you’ll make it?

Yes, we should have many runners qualify for Divisionals and some make it to All States.

 

Kevin Taylor

When did you first begin playing the sport?                     

Freshman year.

Do you want to play this sport in college?

Unsure.

Are you committed for this sport?

No.

Who was a prominent coach in your sports career? Why?

I think that Coach Coogan is the most prominent coach that I have had. He has done so much to help me improve, and he is truly someone that I look up to.

What other activities/clubs are you involved in?

Cross Country and Outdoor Track.

How do you feel going into this season?

I think we have all the pieces to be a really good team, and I think that we all have a lot of confidence heading into the start of the season.

What are some goals set for the team this coming season?/How do you plan to achieve these goals?

I think the main goal for all of us it to win the Division 3 meet at the end of the season. That is the meet that we train for all season, and we are working every day to get better and qualify as many athletes as possible.

Who are some big opponents/rivals? Why?

Norwood was definitely a big rival, but now that they left the Bay State Conference, we usually always have a competitive meet with Weymouth. On the divisional level, I think that North Attleboro and Pembroke are some of the teams that are always up at the podium as well.

Do you think the team will make tournament/post season? How far do you think you’ll make it?

I think that if we qualify a few guys in each event, and some of those guys score some points, we will have a really good chance to put ourselves in a good position to win the divisional meet. We want to qualify as many people as possible for this meet, so that we can have the highest chance to score points and win.

About the Writer
Olivia O'Connell, Staff Writer

Olivia O'Connell, class of 2019, is a third year sports staff writer for The Rebellion. At Walpole High School, she plays lacrosse. Outside of school,...

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