Weston community mourns death of former H.S. track star
The town of Weston is in mourning following the death of a former high school track star.
David Stankiewicz, 21, died over the weekend at Syracuse University, just weeks before his graduation. The cause of death has not yet been released
Those who know Stankiewicz remember him as a shy freshman at Weston High School. They say he quickly gained the respect and of his peers on and off the track, where he eventually excelled as an athlete.
Marty Ogden, Stankiewicz's former track and cross country coach, says he was commonly known as "Stankie" and that he was quiet but determined to get better.
Ogden says the teen helped lead his team to several championships, including the 2012 Class M cross country title, which he won with several of his friends beside him.
Although shocked by his death, Ogden says now is the time to remember all the things Stankiewicz accomplished.
"Unfortunately we lost him at such a young age, but there's so much good he's done in a short time that we should kind of try to carry on his traditions of having confidence in himself and his abilities and saying I'm going to do what I set out to do and I got this," says Ogden.
Stankiewicz's wake will be held at the Harding Funeral Home in Westport on Friday from 5-8 p.m. His funeral will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Weston on Saturday at 11 a.m.