Track - Boys' Varsity
There is a long and rich tradition of track and field at Taft. Throughout its lengthy history, the belief that one can accomplish more individually within a close team atmosphere has always been at the track program’s core. The team roster typically numbers 35 – 40 boys who compete in 17 different running, jumping, and throwing events against the top prep school track teams in New England. The coaching staff brings decades of experience to their work with the teams and, as such, the program is able to accommodate a wide variety of athletes — from the beginner having no experience to the cross-over athlete from soccer, football, basketball, and ice hockey to the aspiring college track athlete. Each season, individual as well as team goals are made. A genuine sense of hard work, personal accomplishment and dedication to others are always central to these.
Since 1999, the boys team has trained and competed together on the Weaver Track, a state-of-the-art all-weather track and field facility. Formal workouts begin the last week of February, and training emphasizes team balance and the individual development of each team member. A full team schedule consisting mostly of dual and tri-meets begins the second week of April and lasts into the middle of May. Competition at the Founders League Championship meet, the Founders League Junior Varsity Invitational and the Division I New England Prep School Championship meet are the culminating events that mark the end of each track season.
|Nicholas Baird||2020||Hawthorn Woods, IL|
|Tucker Cassady||2020||Darien, CT|
|Spencer Dawe||2020||Dallas, TX|
|Zach Derish||2020||Pennsville, NJ|
|Erik Johannesson-Perez||2020||New York, NY|
|Devin Johnson||2020||Newtown, CT|
|Jordan Miller||2020||Rochester, NY|
|Gavin Pintro||2020||Brooklyn, NY|
|Ian Staines||2020||Avon, CT|
|Kelvin Welbeck||2020||Far Rockaway, NY|
|Joe Zarif||2020||Middlebury, CT|
About Head Coach Steven McCabe
Steve attended Westborough High School in Massachusetts and then received a Bachelor of Arts in biology from Bowdoin College. After graduation, Steve was a member of the faculty at the Tilton School in Tilton, New Hampshire, for two years and taught algebra and geometry. Following that, Steve taught algebra and introductory physical science and coached for a year at Cheverus High School in Portland, Maine. Steve joined the faculty at Taft in 1981 and completed a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies in mathematics at Wesleyan in 1986. In his time at Taft, Steve has taught algebra at the introductory through honors levels, geometry, and precalculus. Steve taught at Taft’s summer school for close to 30 years and served as the program’s director from 1994–96 and 2002–10. Steve’s wife, Susan, is also a longtime teacher in the mathematics department at Taft, and they live in a house near campus. Their three children, Kara, Katie, and Michael, are all graduates of Taft.
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