Indoor Track and Field season began Friday

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Senior Zachary Willey knocked the rust off his shot put technique — and a bit off the iron shot itself — on Friday, during the Vikings’ first practice of the indoor season.

CAMBRIDGE — The Vikings’ indoor track and field team started its third season at last Friday’s first practice, with a new face at the helm. Michael Dorrenbacher is in his inaugural campaign with the group, sharing leadership duties with veteran coach Angie Condon.

Coach Dorrenbacher grew up in Pennsylvania and is in his second year at C-SD. He is also a coach on the varsity football team.
The pair will be assisted by Lois Narr and Clint Falduto.

The school has had a spring, outdoor team for eight years, a program that built a culture of success that has been passed on to the winter squad. “I’m hoping to pick up where we left off,” Coach Dorrenbacher said. “I’m excited about building up the program this year and getting back a state championship.”

Strictly speaking, it’s two teams: The girls, who had 26 on the roster Friday; and the boys, with 42 signed up. After practicing for about three weeks, they will compete every Wednesday at the Worcester County facility where all indoor meets are held.

The events are similar to outdoor, but not identical — some of the runs are different distances, there will be only shot put, no discus, and no long or triple jumps.

It looks like there might be some real speed in this group, as well as enthusiastic rookies.

“I have 11 freshmen girls,” sprint and relay Coach Falduto said. “They’ve seen what the program has done for others. The word is out.”

Those results are not confined to track and field events. With the tough training on basic skills, the fitness and strength earned by the athletes tend to carry over into their other athletic interests.

“I’m excited to see where we can go,” Coach Condon said

Dave Ryan is editor of the Dorchester Banner. He can be reached at dryan@newszap.com.