Capsule outlook of the area’s high school track & field teams
High school track & field outlook
CoachES: Tim Cox (13th year) and David Zink-Mailloux (7th year)
Last year: Boys: 12th; Girls: Division II champion
Top athletes: Boys: Trey Berry, so., jumps; Jeremy Brassard, jr., distance; Justin Demers, jr., sprints; Lucas Fisher, jr., distance; Stevie Frase, sr., sprints; Kyle Hanson, sr., hurdles; David Jenkins, sr., sprints; Noah Marci, sr., pole vault; Griffin Neal, jr., jumps; Kyle Noel, sr., distance; Anthony Toscano, sr., sprints; Drew Yonchak, sr., hurdles. Girls: Jessie Carney, jr., distance; Sarah Curtin, so., hurdles/relays; Sam Donohue, sr., throws; Mary Fowler, jr., mid-distance; Abbie MacCallum, jr., vault; Jelasa Nelson, so., sprints; Hannah Parker, so., mid-distance; Kayla Roberts, sr., pole vault/relays; Megan Rouillard, jr., throws; Alley Savioli, jr., throws/triple jump; Katie Scannell, so., distance; Katelyn Terry, sr., everything; Lindsey Terry, sr., jumps/mid-distance; Samantha Toscano, sr., jumps/sprints
Top newcomers: Boys: Gage Desrosiers, fr., sprints; Jake Habets, jr., sprints; Alex Prevatt, jr., distance. Girls: Lizzy Danis, fr., distance; Brooke Laskowsky, fr., distance/hurdles; Lauren Montgomery, so., sprints; Meg Scannell, fr., distance
Outlook: The girls are well-equipped to defend their title as they return the nucleus from their championship team, while the boys will try to become a factor in D-II after a down period over the last four years. Last season the girls won the title with 118 points, a whopping 49 ahead of runner-up MV, and 14 of those championship athletes are back this season, including defending 400, 800 and 1,600 champion Parker (now just a sophomore). As a bonus, the Bears have three impressive freshmen in Danis, Laskowsky and Scannell. “This is a strong, balanced and now (an) experienced returning team,” the coaches said. “With the addition of some talented newcomers, the girls should be one of the contenders again this year.” The boys will follow the lead of Brassard, the junior who has established himself as one of the premier distance runners in the state. He won an individual title in cross country in the fall and both the 1,500 and 3,000 events in indoor track this winter. “For us to have any chance at being an impact at the state meet, Jeremy has to lead the way,” the coaches said. The boys have a good nucleus in the sprint, distance and jumping events, but need to improve on the throwing events, “a clear weakness right now.”
Teams to beat: Boys: Souhegan, Portsmouth. Girls: Milford, MV, Souhegan, Hanover, Lebanon, Oyster River, Kennett
Coach: Christine Anderson and Don Decowski (3rd year, first year as co-head coaches)
Last year: Boys: DNS; Girls: DNS
Top athletes: Boys: Dan Caterino, jr., shot put; Justin Clark, sr., 800; Caleb Drury, sr., 400; Dylan Landry, jr., javelin; Tyler LeGrand, sr., 100; Nathaniel Moore, jr., discus; Patrick Morin, sr., 200; Joseph Nelson, sr., javelin. Girls: Brianna LeGrand, jr., hurdles
Top newcomers: Boys: Cody Ledoux, fr., sprints/throws; Jason Innerfield, fr., sprints; Thomas Keon, so., 300 hurdles; Kellan Brien, jr., throws. Girls: Audrey Carr, fr., sprints/jumps; Rebecca Kuzma, jr., distance
Outlook: The Generals have a good amount of returning and experienced athletes who are providing great leadership for the new talent. The team is working incredibly hard every day to get in top physical condition. The team has already come together and has great determination and talent and the coaches are looking forward to a very successful season. This year the Generals are focusing on setting personal goals for each meet. With the team’s continued drive, determination and hard work, the Generals will command their own destiny this season.
Teams to beat: Souhegan, Coe-Brown, MV, Lebanon, Milford
Coach: Bob Mullen (22nd year) and Dave Irving (3rd year)
Last year: Boys: 5th; Girls: 3rd
Top Returners: Boys: Andrew Alicea, sr., throws/sprints/jumps; John Lindonen, sr., jumps/throws/hurdles; Brendan Polichronopoulos, jr., mid-distance; Bibek Thapa, sr., sprints/mid-distance; Keegan Hanks, jr., mid-distance; Colin Phillips, sr., distance; Carter Saltmarsh, jr., distance; Branden McCoo, sr., distance; Matthew Gilliland, jr., throws; Mitchell Denault, sr., sprints; Vincent Tevnan, sr., distance. Girls: Meredith Ramsey, so., sprints/jumps; Julianah Adejuyigbe, sr., throws; Mary Mullen, jr., throws; Nancy Taban, jr., hurdles; Maureen Mullen, sr., throws; Madison Irving, jr., throws; Mikayla Godfrey, jr., mid-distance; Cassie Owens, so., distance; Randee Tatham, so., mid-distance; Erin Bresslin, jr., mid-distance; Alycia Daniels, so., hurdles
Top newcomers: Boys: Josiah Platte, so., throws; Damon Perron, jr., mid-distance/jumps; Ryan Hoar, sr., throws. Girls: Morgan Walton, fr., mid-distance/hurdles; Heidi Gooch, so., mid-distance
Outlook: The MV boys are capable of scoring in almost every event, led by Alicea, among the top in the division in throws, jumps and sprints. Expect Lindonen, Polichronopoulos and Phillips to also contend with the state’s best. With three strong relay squads adding to the depth, the Pride is looking to improve on last year’s finish. The girls have fewer numbers than in years past, but the talent is still there, led by the throwers (Adejuyibge is the defending champ in both discus and shot put). Ramsey qualified for New Englands last year in sprints, while Taban, who was injured last season, should be a force in both hurdles.
Teams to beat: Boys: Souhegan, Portsmouth, Lebanon. Girls: Coe-Brown, Milford, Portsmouth, Lebanon
Coach: Boys: John Anderson; Girls: Sean Chenoweth (5th year)
Last year: Boys: DNS; Girls: DNS
Top athletes: Girls: Kelly Jacques, so., 100/long jump/relay; Elizabeth Abbott, sr., 3,200/1,600; Emma Foss, so., 100/long jump; Maddie Bardier, jr., triple jump/relay
Top newcomer: Girls: Molly Hamilton, so., 200/discus/relay
Outlook: Pembroke has a small girls’ squad this year, but the Spartans are focusing on fundamentals and setting personal records as the season progresses.
Coach: Diane Morey (3rd year)
Last year: Boys: 18th in Division II; Girls: DNS in Division II
Top athletes: Boys: Chandler Robinson, sr., sprints; Nick Feltham, sr., sprints; Davey Rauseo, sr., throws; Warren Bartlett, so., distance. Girls: Haley Parent, jr., mid-distance/jumps; Megan Morey, sr., sprints/throws
Top newcomers: Boys: Michael St. Pierre, jr., sprints; Aaron Svendsen, so., sprints/jumps; Jake Boesch, jr., distance. Girls: Josie Kliebenstein, so., sprints
Outlook: The Giants have gotten off to a strong start to the season, led by captains Robinson, Feltham, Rauseo and Morey. Bartlett – who has already qualified for states in the 3,200 – Boesch and Parent lead a strong distance crew, while Robinson, St. Pierre, Svendsen, Kliebenstein and Brooke Solomon lead the sprinters. Brady also has some depth in the throwing events, with Rauseo competing in all three events. Chris Sievers, Christian Khoshatefeh and Matt Fogarty will be contenders in the javelin, and freshmen Peter Dubois and Margaret Kennedy are already scoring in the shot and discus.
Teams to beat: Bow, Campbell
Coach: Amelia Boyd (5th year)
Last year: Boys: Division III champion; Girls: t-6th
Top athletes: Boys: Jordan Birtz, sr., sprints/long jump; Alex Evans, sr., distance; Sam Evans, sr., throws/mid-distance; Kevin McCully, sr., jumps/mid-distance; Kyle Strickland, jr., throws. Girls: Suzie Barry, sr.; Hollie Breton, sr.; Taylor Morrison, so.; Nora Scanlan, sr.; Christy Vinnenberg, jr.
Top newcomers: Boys: Tim Conklin, sr., throws; Elias Hatem, sr., distance; Justin McCully, fr., triple jump/400; Chris Robbins, fr., throws/sprints; Dylan Wheeler, fr., 400. Girls: Brooke Fortin, sr.; Brooke Marshall, sr.; Maggie Jensen, fr.; Sarah Zecha, fr.
Outlook: Although the Falcon boys lost a lot of depth from last year’s championship team, a large group of athletes should keep Bow among the contenders for the title. The girls are well-balanced between the throws, sprints and distance events, and Coach Boyd is hoping the newcomers can fill in the gaps in the jumps. If that comes together, Bow could make a run at the title.
Teams to beat: Boys: Kearsarge, Hopkinton, Campbell. Girls: Hopkinton, Campbell
Coach: Suzanne Lamb (2nd year)
Last year: Boys: t-21st; Girls: DNS
Top athletes: Boys: Nick Peters, sr., long jump/400/800. Girls: Mahala Pincince, so., 200/400/long jump
Outlook: While neither the boys nor the girls boast large teams, both of the Kingsmen’s two state qualifiers from last year are returning, including Peters, who finished 10th at the Meet of Champions in the long jump. The Kingsmen are hoping to qualify more athletes for the Division III state meet at the end of the season.
Coach: John Limoge (3rd year)
Last year: Boys: 11th; Girls: t-9th
Top athletes: Boys: Richard Hill, fr., high jump/long jump/triple jump; Ian Jipson, sr., 100/200/pole vault/4x100; Kyle Sims, jr., 100/200/400; Dillon Sylvester, jr., triple jump/long jump/high jump/300 hurdles; Lucas Gagne, so., shot put/javelin/discus; Cory Parent, jr., 100/200; Max Maynard, sr., 1,600/3,200; Brandon Butterworth. Girls: Brittney Limoge, sr., shot put/discus/javelin; Kaley Shepard, jr., long jump/triple jump/300 hurdles/4x100; Sadie Kaplan, so., shot put/javelin/discus/1,600; Brook Sweet, jr., long jump/triple jump/800/4x100
Outlook: The Golden Tornadoes are a well-rounded team, with their only weakness, according to Coach Limoge, their lack of contenders in the distance events. The top returner is Gagne, who finished third in the discus as a freshman at last year’s D-III meet. For the girls, Shepard made an impressive showing at the D-III meet, finishing third in the 300 hurdles and fourth in the triple jump.
Coach: Susan Else (6th year)
Last year: Boys: 20th; Girls: DNS
Top athletes: Boys: Tyler Merrill, sr., shot put/400/4x400/long jump; Viktor Montanez, sr., sprints/relay; Brad Moore, sr., jumps; Tyler Wing, sr., 1,600; Tristan Brooks, jr., jav; Josh Gould, jr., 3,200; Jacob Kallander, jr., throws; Ian Robie, jr., throws; Arthur Tuttle, jr., distance; Seth Johnson, so., hurdles; Austin Wheeler, so., jav. Girls: Brianna Cebollero, sr., 100/4x100/shot put; Brittany Croatti, sr., 100/4x100/discus; Alison Desfosses, sr., jumps; Dominique Vaillancourt, sr., 800/4x800; Katie White, sr., throws; Marygrace Bartoldus, jr., hurdles/long jump; Aspen Dubuque, jr., distance; Hannah Murdough, so., hurdles; Hannah Pepper, jr., throws; Miranda Dyer, sr., jumps/400; Avril Howe, sr., 3,200
Top newcomers: Boys: Chris Cook, sr., 800/4x800/high jump; Tevan Millette, sr., 400/200/4x400/long jump; Shea Coleman, jr., sprints; Sidney Livingston, jr., sprints/4x100; Dominic Downs, fr., 4x100/sprints; Reed Erickson, fr., 4x100/sprints; Cooper Johnson, fr., sprints/long jump. Girls: Morgan Winters, jr., 4x100/sprints; Beahna Savoy, fr., sprints/4x100
Outlook: The Hillcats will try to parlay a sizable rosters (30 boys, 18 girls) into a more successful point-scoring day at the state meet. Coach Else is optimistic that the athletes are ready to take that step. “This is a very large team with lots of enthusiasm and (one that is) willing to do the hard work to be successful,” she said. “We had several point-scoring athletes graduate last year, but I think this group has the athletic ability, training ethic and heart necessary for success.” Montanez will try to better his third-place finish in the 100 at last year’s D-III meet, which was the team’s best finish.
Coach: Charles Therriault (first year)
Last year: Boys: 10th; Girls: 3rd
Top athletes: Boys: Cody Roberge, jr.; Brandon Cayer, jr.; Jordan Young, jr.; Aaron Beckwith, sr.; Alex Bostic, sr.; Ben Olimpio, sr.; Ben Thesing, sr.; Slattery Donohoe, sr. Girls: Emily Calder, so.; Victoria Flood, so.; Brittany Marshall, jr.; Katie Irwin, jr.; Emma Geiger, sr.; Shannon Nadeau, sr.
Top newcomers: Boys: Nick Flueury, fr.; Declan Campbell, fr.; Dom Repucci, fr.; Cam Debrusk, sr. Girls: Sarah Nadeau, fr.
Outlook: Boys: The Hawks hope to best last year’s 10th-place finish by improving on both the track and the field. The coaching staff is excited about the size and depth of the freshman class, which adds depth to the sprints, distance and field events. The coaches are also excited about the enthusiasm and ability displayed by the upperclassmen and hope that this combination of youth and experience will lead to success at the D-III championship. Girls: Last year the Hawks were propelled to third place by a strong showing in the distance events. The program hopes to improve in the sprinting and field events to complement a strong returning core of distance runners.
Teams to beat: Boys: Bow, Kearsarge, Campbell. Girls: White Mountains, Monadnock
Coach: Ed Rehor (15th year)
Last year: Boys: 3rd; Girls: t-14th
Top athletes: Boys: Gabe Carter, sr.; Connor Terhune, sr.; Alex Akpan, jr.; Corey Jerome, sr.; Elliot Lukatis, so.; Roudy Rehor, jr.; Reed Bell, jr.; Shane Corley, jr.; Logan Maville, jr.; Sam Van Etten, sr.; Aiden Gainor, sr.; Jacob Jones, sr.; Thatcher Bourcier, sr.; Peter Martin, sr.; Zack Beltz, so.; Bobby Lauster, jr.; Jason DiGeronimo, so.; Alex Bartholomew, so.; William Astle, jr. Girls: Savannah Bell, so.; Olivia Carle, sr.; Briggie Carr, jr.; Kelsie Dalton, so.; Therese Donohue, so.; Mercedes Gorman, so.; Carolyn Haron, sr.; Morgan Johnson, so.; Haley Joseph, jr.; Desiree Kalloch, sr.; Katie Lyndh, jr.; Aryn Morcom, sr.; Emily Morcom, sr.
Top newcomers: Boys: Cameron Webster, fr.; Troy Davis, fr.; Willio Rehor, fr.; Eric Morin, so.; Jon Evelyn, so.; Austin Humphrey, fr.; Aidan Terhune, fr.; Alex Whitehead, fr. Girls: Brittany Wallace, so.; Emily Kelly, so.; Kaitlan Croft, sr.; Katie Paquette, so.
Outlook: The Cougars have a well-rounded boys’ team with some ability in all events. Their greatest strengths are in the hurdles, jumps and longer distance. They seek to improve the throws and short sprints. The girls’ team is shorter in numbers, but has talent in the javelin, high jump, hurdles, pole vault and long distance.
Teams to beat: Monadnock, White Mountains, Bow, Hopkinton, Campbell, Fall Mountain
Coach: Missy Morse (5th year), Gary Colello, Paul Durfee, Liam Fellona
Last year: Boys: t-7th; Girls: t-17th
Top athletes: Boys: Sean Connor, sr., jumps/sprints/relay; Mike Roy, jr., 400/1,600/relay. Girls: Carissa Archibald, jr., high jump/relay
Top newcomers: Girls: Jaila Remillard, fr., sprints/jumps/relay; Tea Michalowski, fr., jumps/400/relays
Outlook: The returning juniors and seniors make the Bears a solid track team, but Winnisquam is still quite young, with 16 freshmen and 13 sophomores on the roster. Winnisquam will look to its younger athletes to help develop its field events and keep the Bears competitive.
Teams to beat: Campbell, Inter-Lakes