Boys’ state long jumper to guide veteran squad
West Seneca West junior Peter Borzillieri made the most of his outdoor state track and field championships debut last spring, finishing eighth among Division I competitors with a school-record effort of 22-feet-½.
As one of the elder statesmen this season, the team co-captain — who also competes in the sprint events and some of the relays — will be looking to help the Indians improve on their 2-3 finish in the ECIC II standings while also making his case for a return trip to the state championships.
“Peter has utilized his new-found passion for weight training in a bid to help ensure a return trip to the state meet,” coach Brian Kader said. “We have essentially the same team as we did last year, having lost only five members. The key last year was that we were transitioning younger talent — like Peter — and that group of athletes, we hope, is now ready to compete at a higher level.”
The Indians’ other two co-captains this season are senior Andrew Michael (sprints, jumps, relays) and junior Thomas Woods (middle distance/relays). They are among the team’s core group of returning athletes who are looking to take the next step in both their own personal growth, as well as promotion of the team’s growth this season.
Other key returning pieces to West’s puzzle this spring include seniors Parker Welling (hurdles, jumps, relays), Spencer Roberts (distance, steeplechase) and Dan Sudyn (hurdles, jumps, pentathlon). Welling will be looking to become a four-time state competitor — second time outdoors — in his final season of high school competition, while Sudyn “is hoping to build upon a highly successful indoor season, where he truly came into his own as a top competitor,” Kader said.
Juniors Joe Castoire (throws), Joe Brown (middle distance, relays), John Archilla (middle distance, relays), Liam Gibson (pole vault) and Alex Eastman (pole vault), along with sophomores Tyler Bishop (distance, relays) and Travis Kelly (sprints, middle distance, relays) also return to the squad and will be looking to help with the team’s improvement this spring.
Freshmen varsity newcomers Zach Sigman (sprints, middle distance), whom Kader called “a hard worker who can hopefully lead the way for the younger athletes on our team,” and Dae-jean Dadzie (jumps, hurdles, pole vault) are also seeking to leave their mark on the program’s legacy sooner rather than later.
“Our hard work and dedication in all facets of our training are something I have always been proud of,” Kader said. “On the day-to-day grind, I would put our work ethic up against any other program in the section. We want to distinguish ourselves from other solid programs in the division while closing the gap on contending with the programs that finished above us in the past, and I think we have the roster this year to do those things.”
West had yet to perform in a competitive setting this season prior to Wednesday’s scheduled opener against Williamsville East, but information about that meet — including whether or not the weather even allowed for it to take place — was not available at press time.
The Indians will close out their week by traveling to Niagara Falls Saturday to take part in the Wolverines Invitational before resuming league dual-meet action Tuesday at Hamburg.
“We respect every program in our conference, division and section, and while every meet is of equal importance, we hope to create separation this year from West Seneca East, Williamsville East and Williamsville South — all of whom we had very competitive meets with last season,” Kader said. “We also hope to close the gap with Sweet Home and Hamburg, two programs that thoroughly beat us last season. I think we’ll be strongest in the jumps, pole vault and hurdles, but we’ll need to see gains from last year in critical areas like the middle distance and distance races — and given our experience there we think this is possible.”