By Alice Roche Cody
Thirty-five GSB athletes make up this spring's Track & Field squad, with seniors Sohan De Silva '21 and Ava Escousse '21 heading the formidable pack as co-captains.
"Sohan will lead our sprinters in the 200/400 and relays, and Ava will anchor our female sprinters in the 200/400 and relays," said Head Coach Steve Leo. "On the boys' side, Max Mullen '21 and Alex Tulenko '22 will be standouts for sprints, along with Brian Young ’21, who will be a force in the jumps and hurdles."
Girl sprinters to watch for include Mia Kolb '22 (sprints/jumps), Molly Walker '22 (sprints/jumps), Aniyah Boston '23, and Samantha Leo '24 (sprints/jumps).
As for distance, strong talent for the boys' team includes James Koether '21, Will Strong '22, Tyler Tellalian '23, and Ash Patel '21, with Emma Ryan '22, Tess Kelly '22, and Michaela Kroon '22 on the girls' side.
For throwers, state-ranked Joe Licata '22 heads the squad. In 2019, he was named the Non-Public B State Champ in the shot put, placed second in the discus, and qualified for the Meet of Champions. Zac Saunders '22 is another power thrower in both shot put and discus. "Joe and Zac will make us tough to beat," said Coach Leo. "We expect Joe to be one of the best throwers in the state."
Coach Leo looks forward to a promising season ahead for his team, with the help of his assistants, Jason Munsch (jumps/hurdles), Kristin Licata (throws), and Michael Parker (distance and head coach of GSB's fall Cross Country team.