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Outlook for Concord area indoor track teams


Sunday, December 17, 2017
Concord

Division: I

Coach: Hayden Daly (2nd year)

Last year: Boys: tied 6th; Girls: DNS

Top returners: Boys: Dalton Mutz, sr., sprints; Matt O’Brien, sr., distance; Manny Feliz, so., hurdles/sprints; Nate Hillyer, sr., jumps; Jacob Nichol, sr., hurdles; Sam Orzechowski, sr., sprints; Girls: Rebecca Bosa, jr., hurdles; Faith Hatcher, so., sprints; Katelyn Jelley, sr., sprints/jumps; Katie McCoy, so., mid-distance; Sarah Ripel, jr., mid-distance; Sarah Zarakotas, jr., distance

Top newcomers: Boys: Forest MacKenzie, sr., distance; Eli Boesh-Dining, jr., distance; Colin Conery, sr., distance; Girls: Hannah Barton, so., distance; Serena Britos, so., mid-distance; Kat Jepson, sr., jumps; Sarah Waite, so., sprints/jumps

Outlook: Boys: The Tide returns all of their scorers from last year’s team and are bolstered by the addition of the top runners from the champion cross country team. Returning from last year’s team are seniors Mutz (defending 55-meter dash champion), Hillyer (tied for third in high jump) and O’Brien (fourth 1,000 and member of the champion cross country team). Feliz competed in three events at States last year as a freshman. Joining them are MacKenzie and Boesch-Dining, who finished 1-2 at the D-I cross country championship this fall and led the Tide to fifth in New England. Inspired by the success of the cross country team, several of the Tide’s cross country runners are now committed year-round runners instead of competing in other winter sports and puts Concord in the hunt for the indoor team title.

“We have a ton of seniors on this boys team with a lot of returning talent,” coach Daly said. “We are up in numbers and up in talent.”

Girls: Like the boys’ team, the Tide girls return most of their top athletes from last season and are bolstered by the addition of strong athletes from Concord’s outdoor track and cross country teams. The Tide does not return any D-I indoor qualifiers, but Jelley qualified for the 100-meter finals in outdoor last spring and Waite also had a strong spring season in the sprints, while Jepson qualified for states in the high jump. Zarakotas leads a growing crew of young distance runners coming off a strong cross country season. The new additions give the Tide the ability to score points at the state meet and finish high in the team standings.

“The numbers are up and the talent has followed,” coach Daly said.

Teams to beat: Boys: Pinkerton, Nashua North; Girls: Pinkerton, Bishop Guertin

Bishop Brady

Division: II

Coach: Diane Morey (9th year)

Last year: Boys: DNS; Girls: DNS

Top returners: Boys: John Chapdelaine, so., sprints/jumps; Girls: Anna Grafton, sr., distance; Wen Muqing, so., distance

Top newcomers: Boys: Joe Bergeron, fr., throws; Girls: Unity Xu, so., mid-distance

Outlook: With only a few athletes on the roster, the Green Giants won’t be high in the team standings, but are still looking for some strong individual performances. Grafton should be particularly strong in the distance events and qualified for the Meet of Champions this past cross country season.

Coe-Brown

Division: II

Coach: Dave Zink (11th year)

Last year: Boys: 5th; Girls: tied 13th

Top Returners: Boys: Aidan Ahern, jr., distance; Orion Clachar, sr., sprints; Gabe Deely, jr., distance; Gavyn Lewis, jr., distance; Sam Patteson, so., distance; Evan Tanguay, sr., distance; Girls: Jaden Boulanger, so., sprints; Sydney Carney, sr., distance; Kathleen Collins, sr., throws; Alivia DiPrizio, jr., distance; Sarah Dupuis, sr., distance; Autumn Graham, jr., distance; Sophie Laird, so., distance; Elly McDonough, sr., distance; Abby O’Connor, so., distance; Madison Tortorella-Lewis, so., sprints

Top newcomers: Boys: Hogan Cain, fr., sprints; Elijah Chamberlain, fr., sprints; Cullen Escabi, fr., sprints; Porter Heigis, fr., sprints; Wyatt Mackey, fr., distance; Logan Mihelich, fr., distance; Aidyn Short, fr., throws; Luke Tkaczyk, fr., distance; Joseph White, fr., throws; John Difeo, so., throws; Collin Gier, so., sprints; Tyler Grogan, so., sprints; Elijah Tomlinson-Burrell, so., throws; Ciaran Walsh, so., sprints; Girls: Amelia Brackett, fr., sprints; Charlotte Cleaver, fr., sprints; Addison Cox, fr., distance; Corinne Fernald, fr., sprints; Camryn Gatchell, fr., sprints; Kate Hocevar, fr., sprints; Ella Malone, fr., distance; Isabel May, fr., sprints; Tessa Millette, fr., sprints; Jordan Whittier, fr., sprints; Kylee Blad, jr., sprints; Hailie Holland, so., sprints; Kelsey Pine, jr., sprints

Outlook: Newcomers make up more than half of both the boys’ and girls’ rosters. However, both of the Bears cross country teams are coming off second-place finishes in D-II and New England appearances. Many of those cross country runners are competing in indoor track this winter. Out of 33 boys on the roster, 21 are distance runners, while 13 of the 27 girls are distance runners.

“(Both teams) will be looking to build on what they accomplished last year,” coach Zink said. “Helping that cause will be a group of talented freshmen who have been competing with and against each other for a number of years in youth programs, which has bolstered the depth of the boys’ and girls’ teams.

“If the boys do hope to improve on last year, they will have to work as a cohesive unit and not just a collection of individual talent,” Zink added.

The boys are led by Clachar, who finished fourth in the 55 hurdles last year scored in three events last outdoor track season, and Tanguay, who was the captain of the cross country team and the D-II individual champion this fall. The girls are led by Kathleen Collins (fourth in shot put last year) and McDonough (sixth 1,000), the two only two returning individual scorers from last year’s team.

Teams to beat: Boys: Portsmouth, Oyster River, Souhegan; Girls: Souhegan, Milford, Portsmouth

Franklin

Division: II

Coach: Derrick Wong (2nd year)

Last year: Boys: DNS; Girls: DNS

Top Returners: Boys: Christian Shepard, sr., jumps/hurdles/mid-distance; Girls: Sydney Ericson, sr., sprints/hurdles; Emma LaPierre, so., sprints/hurdles

Top newcomers: Boys: Logan Hannigan, so., sprints/hurdles/jumps; Kyan Graves, jr., sprints/jumps/throws; Girls: Jada LaPierre, fr., sprints/jumps

Outlook: The Golden Tornadoes’ indoor track program is small in numbers, but it’s comprised of committed athletes, many of whom were top point scorers and leaders on last year’s outdoor track team.

“In my second year at Franklin, I’m trying to grow the program with dedicated and committed athletes who are passionate about improving as athletes while consistently doing their best,” coach Wong said. “The seven athletes doing indoors this season have been putting in the necessary work to excel.”

Teams to beat: Bow, Windham, Goffstown

Gilford

Division: II

Coaches: Joe Wernig (5th year) and Janine Powis (2nd year)

Last year: Boys: DNS; Girls: DNS

Top returners: Boys: Michael Wernig, sr., mid-distance/shot put; Josh LaFrance, sr., sprints/long jump. Girls: Madison Relf, sr., distance; Elizabeth Relf, sr., distance; Natalie Fraser, so., sprints/long jump; Brianna Fraser, so., sprints/long jump; Katiana Gamache, so., shot put; Reese Clark, so., sprints/hurdles

Top newcomers: Boys: Matthew McDonough, jr., distance; Ed Demers, so., mid-distance/long jump. Girls: Julie Auld, so., sprints; Emma Ramsey, fr., sprints/long jump

Outlook: The Golden Eagles did not have any qualifiers for last year’s state meet, but return some experienced athletes, especially on the girls’ side. The Fraser sisters had an exceptional outdoor track season, finishing on two champion relay teams, with Natalie finishing second in the 400 and Brianna qualifying for the 100 finals. Gilford has low numbers on both the boys’ and girls’ rosters, making it difficult to score in a crowded field with large D-II teams, but the girls have enough runners to put together decent relays.

Kearsarge

Division: II

Coach: Hannah Hernick (2nd year)

Last year: Boys: DNS; Girls: DNS

Top Returners: Girls: Caela Budd, sr., sprints; Belle Seabury, sr., sprints; Erin Berger, so., sprints/hurdles

Top newcomers: Boys: Ben Corbyn, jr. jumps; Girls: Lydia Pinard, sr., throws

Outlook: The Cougars have a small team this season, however, “they are a tight-knit, supportive group with great attitudes and they’re all eager to improve,” coach Hernick said.

merrimack Valley

Division: II

Coaches: Bob Mullen (28th year) and Joey Ellis (3rd year)

Last year: Boys: 3rd; Girls: 6th

Top Returners: Boys: David Reynolds, jr.; Matthew Reynolds, jr.; Isaiah Shedd, sr.; John Barger, sr.; Matt Lyle, sr.; Herman Nixon, sr.; Dylan Lessard, so.; Girls: Kaitlyn Covell, sr.; Noelle Colarusso, so.; Lauren Rouse, sr.; Emma York, so; Cassidy Considine, so.; Addie Hodge, so.; Elizabeth Williams, sr.; Nicole Considine, so.

Top newcomers: Boys: Camden Donovan, jr.; Chris Lorden, fr.; Christian Oglesby, so.; Girls: Tabitha Nugent, fr.; Elizabeth LaRoche, so.

Outlook: Both the boys’ and girls’ squads graduated their top point scorers from last year. The girls lost defending 1,000-meter champion and four-time individual champion Kristie Schoffield while the boys lost Joey Baylus (defending high jump champion, third 55 hurdles), Brandon Wood (second 55 hurdles) and Dylan Guinard (fourth 600 and contributor to relays).

“Our goal this year is to become more versatile in how we score points,” coach Ellis said.

The boys return several talented distance and mid-distance runners, including David Reynolds, who finished fourth in D-II and qualified for New Englands this past cross country season. The girls return Covell, who finished second in the 55 hurdles last indoor season and won the 100 hurdles title in the past spring season, and a talented sophomore class.

Teams to beat: Boys: Windham, Portsmouth, Coe-Brown, Oyster River; Girls: Souhegan, Portsmouth, Milford, Oyster River