Capsule outlook of the area’s high school track & field teams

Published: 4/25/2016 12:23:52 AM
Concord

Division: I

Coaches: Hayden Daly (13th year)

Last year: Boys: tied for 10th; Girls: 8th

Top athletes: Boys: Angel Feliz, sr., sprints/jumps; Dalton Mutz, so., sprints; Matt Adams, sr., sprints/mid-distance/distance; Alex Saveliev, sr., distance; Jamie Wilkes, jr., distance

Girls: Michaella Conery, sr., distance; Cassie Shea, jr., distance; Jennika Mannesto, jr., distance; Kate Andy, sr., distance; Yelena Beausoleil, jr., sprints/throws

Top newcomers: Boys: Liam Devanny, fr., mid-distance/jumps; Liam Bennett, fr., mid-distance/jumps; Clinton Mungeta, jr., sprints/hurdles

Girls: Grace Devanny, fr., sprints

Outlook: Boys: The Tide returns two of the top sprinters in the division in Feliz and Mutz, giving Concord scoring threats in the sprints and the 4x100 relay. Individually, Feliz could match the 20 points Concord scored as a team at states last year and the team could also receive scoring from Mutz and from the distance events, where Adams, Wilkes and Saveliev have all looked strong. Feliz (second 100, fourth long jump) and Saveliev (fourth 1,600) are the returning point scorers from last year’s D-I meet.

Girls: The girls return a strong and deep group of distance runners, led by Conery (third 1,600), Shea (third 3,200) and Mannesto (fourth 3,200), which should also allow the Tide to form a strong 4x800. Freshman Devanny is the top-ranked runner in D-I in the 100, 200 and 400, already qualifying automatically for the D-I meet in all three events. The Tide gave three-time defending D-I runner-up Londonderry a scare in its opening dual meet, losing by half a point and showed the Tide could be towards the top of the D-I team standings.

Teams to beat: Boys: Pinkerton, Nashua North; Girls: Bedford, Londonderry

Coe-Brown

Division: II

Coaches: Tim Cox (16th year) and David Zink-Mailloux (10th year)

Last year: Boys: 10th; Girls: Division II champion

Top athletes: Boys: Orion Clachar, so., hurdles; Evan Tanguay, so., distance; Isaiah Allen, jr., throws; Davio DeLuca, sr., distance; Tristan Jardon, jr., distance; Will Mathison, jr., distance; Chris Pratt, jr., distance; Tanner Richards, jr., distance; Zach Richards, jr., distance; Jake Snow, jr., high jump; Shawn Spenard, jr., sprints; Will Scarponi, sr., distance; River Groves, jr., distance

Girls: Elisabeth Danis, sr., distance; Brooke Laskowsky, sr., distance; Meg Scannell, sr., distance; Julia Cormier, sr., distance; Alli Pratt, jr., distance; Christen Gallant, sr., pole vault/javelin; Molly Swansburg, so., throws; Elly McDonough, so., distance; Sarah Dupuis, so, distance; Meg Spainhower, sr., distance; Kathleen Collins, so., throws

Top newcomers: Boys: Mike Mulligan, jr., sprints; Ethan Barbeau, jr., sprints; Colin Cain, jr., sprints; Gabe Deely, fr., distance

Outlook: Boys: The boys’ team continues to improve its balance, returning a large and talented group of distance runners, but is also gaining experience and depth in the sprints and field events. The roster features a large junior class, “who will be looking to establish themselves this year and build toward next year to hopefully make a run for the D-II title,” according to Coach Zink-Mailloux.

Girls: The Bears lost a lot of points from last year’s championship team to graduation, but still return a lot of talented athletes. “Distance, throws and pole vault are our strengths,” said Coach Cox adding that, “We need to find sprinters and jumpers to balance the squad. We will also need to be creative to maximize points.” Winning a fifth straight title may be a tall order, but the Bears still boast some of the best distance runners and throwers in the state and are still one of the D-II’s strongest programs.

Teams to beat: Boys: Portsmouth, Lebanon, Souhegan, Kennett, Windham; Girls: Milford, Oyster River, Merrimack Valley, Souhegan

John Stark

Division: II

Coaches: Pat Scott (1st year) and Maggie Trier (1st year)

Last year: Boys: tied for 19th; Girls: 17th

Top athletes: Boys: Travis Borruso, jr., distance; Ryley Colby, jr., sprints; Patrick Kalob, so., sprints/jumps; Timothy McComish, so., mid-distance/jumps; Warren Quinlan, jr., jumps; Aaron Sigrist, sr., sprints

Girls: Jalen Beliveau, so., sprints; Hannah Erskine, sr., sprints ; Maddie Ishak, sr., distance; Erin Scott, jr., hurdles/jumps; Melina jackson, so., throws

Top newcomers: Boys: Jay Lynch, jr., sprints; Owen Payeur, fr., distance; Eamon Scott, fr., distance; Alex Goulet, fr., throws

Girls: Katelyn Brennan, fr., distance; Anna Ishak, fr., distance; Alison Wright, fr., distance

Outlook: Boys: The Generals have a strong sophomore and junior class represented on their roster and have added some promising new talent to this year’s team. “Pieces are here to build a stronger team as the season progresses,” Coach Scott said. “A few individuals could make a mark in the state meet, but creating solid relay teams will be a major focus.”

Girls: “We’re a small team with a few individuals looking to make a run at the school record board and maybe make a mark in the state meet,” said Coach Trier. “We have some young distance runners that will provide a core for the program that is rebuilding right now.”

Teams to beat: Boys: Coe-Brown, Souhegan, Portsmouth; Girls: Coe-Brown

Merrimack Valley

Division: II

Coaches: Bob Mullen (25th year) and Dave Irving (6th year)

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

Top athletes: Boys: John Barger, so., sprints/jumps; Joey Baylus, jr., jumps/hurdles; Dylan Guinard, jr., mid-distance; Walker John, sr., distance; Ryan Latorella, jr., throws; Raging River Lynch, jr., hurdles; Brandon Wood, jr., hurdles; Isaiah Shedd, so., distance

Girls: Kaitlyn Covell, so., hurdles; Kristie Schoffield, jr., distance/mid-distance/jumps

Top newcomers: Boys: Teigan Friedrich, fr., jumps/sprints; David Reynolds, fr., distance; Matthew Reynolds, fr., distance

Girls: Tristan Beyer, fr., mid-distance/relays; Asia Grace Hanson, fr., throws; Maizie Thurber-Wells, fr., jumps/hurdles/relays

Outlook: Boys: The Pride returns Wood (fourth 110 hurdles, sixth 300 hurdles), Baylus and Lynch, who all competed in the state meet in the hurdles last year and look to be one of MV’s strengths this year. The Pride also has strong distance runners led by John and joined by talented underclassmen Shedd and the Reynolds brothers. The return of athletes like Barger, Baylus, Guinard and sophomore Herman Nixon give the Pride depth in the relays. “We look to improve in sprinting and throws,” Coach Irving said.

Girls: The girls return only two scorers from last year’s state meet, but one of them is Schoffield, who set the D-II record en route to winning the 400 title and also finished third in the triple jump. The other returning scorer is Covell, who placed third in both hurdle events last year as a freshman. Those two are supported by a promising freshman class that has already contributed many points in early season meets and provides depth to strong relay teams. “With only two returning scorers from last year’s team we will be looking to returning athletes for growth and newcomers for contributions,” Coach Irving said. “Several freshman are already contributing ... and with very few seniors it will be a good year for growth.”

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

Pembroke

Division: II

Coaches: Boys: John Anderson (8th year); Girls: Justin Marsh (5th year)

Last year: Boys: tied for 19th; Girls: DNS

Top athletes: Boys: Kyle Menard, sr., throws; Ben Hooker, jr., sprints/jumps; Duncan Taylor, so., distance; Andrew Nedeau, so., sprints; Wyatt Yeaton, so., sprints/distance

Girls: Emily Carignan, jr., throws

Top newcomers: Boys: Jason Schoeller, jr., distance

Girls: Hannah Serafin, fr., sprints; Madison Bennett, fr., sprints; Lyss Hubbard, fr., throws; Kassidy Larson, fr., throws

Outlook: Boys: “(We have) many returning athletes that are prepared to improve from last year’s expectations. A few new individuals are still finding their events,” Coach Anderson said.

Girls: The Spartans return only one athlete who competed at states last year (Carignan in the shot put). However, half of Pembroke’s roster is comprised of some promising freshmen, who provided a lot of the Spartans’ points in a meet against John Stark.

Teams to beat: Boys: Coe-Brown, Milford, MV

Belmont

Division: III

Coaches: Aaron Hayward (12th year) and Scott Clark (2nd year)

Last year: Boys: 11th; Girls: tied for 21st

Top athletes: Boys: River Mathieu, so., sprints/jumps; Colby LeRoux, sr., sprints/jumps; Eli Allman, jr., sprints/hurdles; Ian Remenar, so., hurdles/mid-distance/jumps; Kyle Gelinas, sr., distance; Nick Randos, so., distance; Isaiah Knowlton, jr., distance; Mike Sanborn, sr., throws

Girls: Kylie Donovan, sr., sprints/hurdles; Karlyn Brown, sr., sprints/hurdles/jumps; Jasmine Syed, jr., mid-distance; Alexis Day, so., mid-distance; Jessica Hutchinson, so., mid-distance; Emma Chase, jr., mid-distance

Top newcomers: Boys: Caleb Duggan, fr., sprints/jumps; Zach Ennis, fr., mid-distance

Girls: Alice Riley, fr., distance

Outlook: Boys: The Red Raiders have a balanced roster with many returning scorers and qualifiers from last season’s state meet. Allman (fourth 110 hurdles) and Gelinas (third 1,600) both scored at the outdoor state meet last year and also scored at the D-II indoor state meet this past season. Remenar and Mathieu qualified for states in previous indoor and outdoor seasons and Leroux, Randos and Knowlton add depth to the team. The Raiders fared well last season with a young team and with the returning talent and “as always the promise of numerous surprises from the many young, novice athletes is ever present,” according to Coach Hayward, the Raiders are poised for another good season.

Girls: Belmont returns all four girls who ran on the scoring 4x800 relay at states last year and the addition of Riley gives the Raiders a particularly strong group of distance runners. Donovan and Brown also return, giving Belmont a strong hurdling contingent.

Bishop Brady

Division: III

Coach: Diane Morey (6th year)

Last year: Boys: tied for 14th; Girls: tied for 19th

Top athletes: Boys: Sean Sullivan, jr., discus; Peter Dubois, sr., discus; Chase Drouse, jr., shot put; Mike Feltham, jr., 400/800; Connor Lemay, sr., 800; Cameron Pigeon, sr., hurdles; Moses Murenzi, jr., 400

Girls: Amelia Toole, sr., 800; Emma Logue, jr., high jump/300 hurdles

Top newcomers: Boys: Joe Bell, sr.

Girls: Lila Bradley, sr.

Outlook: The boys’ team has depth and should be strong in the throws, sprints and jumps, but lacks depth in the distance events. Sullivan (fourth discus) scored points at the state meet last year and was undefeated in the event through the first four meets of the season, while Dubois is also close to qualifying in the discus. Bell, a newcomer to the team, has already automatically qualified for the state meet in the triple jump and qualified provisionally in the 100, 400 and high jump. The girls’ team has a small roster, but does return Logue, who qualified for the state meet last year.

Teams to beat: Inter-Lakes, Bow

Bow

Division: III

Coach: Jon Uhouse (2nd year)

Last year: Boys: tied for 20th; Girls: 3rd

Top athletes: Boys: Dylan Wheeler, sr., mid-distance; Brian Bushnell, so., sprints; Mike Perry, jr., jumps; Henry Tanner, jr., distance; Robby Ciotti, jr., distance

Girls: Laura Hoeker, so., pole vault/hurdles; Gianna Celenza, jr., sprints; Sohani Demian, jr., distance; Dominique Biron, so., jumps/hurdles; Danielle DesRuisseaux, so., sprints/jumps

Outlook: “Bow returns to the track in (large) numbers. With a large core of sophomores and juniors carrying most of the events for the Falcons, the boys’ team aims to prove (itself) a competitor after a back-of-the-pack finish last year. The girls’ team has their sights set on a championship, finishing (just one point out of second) in last year’s D-III state meet,” Coach Uhouse said. The boys return key members of the second-place 4x100 relay that scored all of Bow’s points at states last year. The girls did well last year as a very young team and return with another year of experience. Hoeker, Biron and DesRuisseaux all scored points at the state meet as freshmen.

Teams to beat: Monadnock, Fall Mountain

Concord Christian

Division: III

Coaches: Kevin Fisher (3rd year) and Greg Fisher (3rd year)

Last year: Boys: tied for 23rd; Girls: tied for 21st

Top athletes: Boys: Timothy Fisher, sr., mid-distance; Jonathan Taylor, sr., sprints/javelin

Girls: Emily Purtell, sr., mid-distance/distance

Top newcomers: Girls: Rachel Simmons, fr., mid-distance/throws

Outlook: Boys: The Kingsmen return two scorers from last year’s state meet. Fisher finished fourth in the 800, but with the top three finishers graduating, Fisher is the top returner in the event. Taylor finished sixth in the javelin as well.

Girls: With only six girls on the roster and no returning individual qualifiers from the state meet, it will be difficult for the Lady Kingsmen to place highly in the team standings, but have had some good individual performances from Purtell and Simmons in early season meets.

Franklin

Division: III

Coach: John Limoge (6th year)

Last year: Boys: tied for 9th; Girls: tied for 15th

Top athletes: Boys: Kyle Adams, sr., pole vault/throws/jumps/sprints; Jon Daniel, jr., hurdles/throws; Paul Dunham, jr., distance; Kyle Lavoy, so., throws; Giovanni Lemon, jr., throws/jumps; Christian Shepard so., jumps/throws/distance

Top newcomers: Boys: Aston French, sr., sprints; CJ Gaslin, fr., throws; James Steele, jr., jumps/sprints/hurdles

Girls: Sydney Ericson, so., jumps/hurdles; Zoe Kaplan, jr., distance/throws

Outlook: Boys: The Tornadoes lost most of last year’s points at the state meet to graduation and return only two seniors, including Adams, who finished fifth in the pole vault at states. However, the Tornadoes return several young athletes with experience. “We should be a good all-around team, but very young,” Coach Limoge said.

Girls: The Tornadoes girls’ team is even younger than the boys with only one junior and no seniors on a small eight-person roster, but has some talented newcomers.

Hillsboro-Deering

Division: III

Coach: Susan Else (9th year)

Last year: Boys: tied for 26th; Girls: DNS

Top athletes: Boys: Reed Erickson, sr., sprints/throws; Brenden Doherty, sr., sprints; Blake Madore, sr., sprints; Brandon Rodier, jr., sprints/throws; Parker Noyes, jr., throws

Girls: Breahna Savoy, sr., mid-distance/throws; Samantha Grondin, so., sprints/throws

Top newcomers: Boys: “Not sure at this point. Too early to tell.”

Girls: Emma Moore, sr., throws; Emily Gibson, jr., sprints/mid-distance

Outlook: Boys: “The boys work hard to master technique, and improve strength and endurance,” Coach Else said. “They also have lots of heart and drive to be successful, so I expect them to be competitive in their individual events and the relays.”

Girls: “This will be a fun season for these girls,” Else said. “They are looking for personal success as they train and compete. I expect they will be quite successful.”

Teams to beat: Boys: Monadnock; Girls: Monadnock

Hopkinton

Division: III

Coach: Matt Christie (3rd year)

Last year: Boys: 4th; Girls: 10th

Top athletes: Boys: Nick Fleury, sr., sprints/jumps; Dom Repucci, sr., distance; Aaron Dobe, sr., mid-distance; Aidan Molnar, jr., mid-distance; Simon Doneski, so., distance.

Girls: Sarah Nadeau, sr., distance; Belle Sullivan, so., sprints/jumps

Top newcomers: Boys: Durk Jorgenson, fr., sprints/jumps; Kevin McGrath, so., sprints/jumps; Max Rossignol, so., mid-distance; Tucker Windhurst, jr., distance.

Girls: Megan Ellsworth, fr., sprints/jumps.

Outlook: Boys: “On the boys’ side, there is a lot of individual talent,” Coach Christie said. “With Dom Repucci and Nick Fleury returning, as well as a number of other athletes, if everything goes to plan, they should be putting their names in the hat for a shot at the Division III team championship.”

Girls: “The girls’ side has some individual talent, but it will be tough to compete for a team title,” Christie said. “We have a lot of new freshman girls, so there will be a very steep learning curve for them, but it will pay off down the road. Hopefully there will be some surprises along the way.”

Teams to beat: Boys: Kearsarge, Inter-Lakes; Girls: Kearsarge, Inter-Lakes

Kearsarge

Division: III

Coach: Ed Rehor (18th year)

Last year: Boys: D-III runner-up; Girls: 12th

Top athletes: Boys: Ian Bready, sr., hurdles; Zach Astle, sr., throws; Troy Davis, sr., jumps; Cameron Webster, sr., sprints/hurdles; Aidan Terhune, sr., jumps; Grant Croft, jr., hurdles; Andrew Shephard, jr., distance; Carl Betz, jr., distance; Tim Cunningham, jr., distance/discus; John Cunningham, so., distance/pole vault; Mason Benidict, so., distance; Josh Delavrier, jr., pole vault; Sam Kulacz, so., sprints/jumps; Willio Rehor, sr., sprints/throws; David Russell, jr., distance; Eric Scheuch, jr., distance; David Wallace, jr., mid-distance

Girls: Maggie Lee, jr., distance; Cerys Wheatly, so., hurdles; Maddie Neilsen, jr., sprints; Courtney Lauster, mid-distance/triple jump; Patrica Jewell, so., distance; Taylor Albright, so., distance/shot put

Top newcomers: Boys: Alex Kalpakgain, so., sprints; Max Salathe, fr., sprints/throws; Brandon Thibodeau, sr., sprints; Elijah Westerburg, jr.; Hunter Burns, so., distance; Graig Berube, jr.

Girls: Meg Roy, fr.; Casey Lipscomb, jr., sprints/hurdles

Outlook: Boys: After losing the D-III title by three points to Inter-Lakes last year, the Cougars are eager to win their third title in four years. Kearsarge boasts both individual champions, such as Astle (defending shot put champion, finished second in the discus and javelin) and Davis (defending high jump champion, also finished fifth in the long jump), returning scorers from the state meet such as Terhune (second triple jump) and Bready (sixth 110 and 300 hurdles) and a slew of qualifiers who add valuable depth to the team (Rehor, Webster, Tim Cunningham, Betz, Shepard, Benedict and Croft). “We have some pieces everywhere. We have some distance, we have some sprinters. It’s never just one person on the team that can do it. You’ve got to have other pieces, too. We don’t want to count our chickens before they hatch, but they’re definitely very focused (on winning the championship) ... staying health will be key,” Coach Rehor said. The Cougars look to be in good form, easily winning their first home meet of the season and are coming off the best indoor track season in school history.

Girls: The Cougars hope to improve on last season’s finish. Both Lauster and Jewell qualified for states last year.

Teams to beat: Boys: Inter-Lakes, Hopkinton, Monadnock, Belmont; Girls: Monadnock, White Mountains

Winnisquam

Division: III

Coaches: Boys: Gary Colello (6th year); Girls: Melisa Morse (16th year)

Last year: Boys: tied for 20th; Girls: 6th

Top athletes: Boys: Scott Hinds, jr., sprints/mid-distance/pole vault; Jacob Hinds, sr., mid-distance; Michael Buxton, sr., throws; Henry Stock, sr., throws

Girls: Jaila Remillard, sr., sprints/jumps/hurdles; Phoebe Keck, so., sprints; Caitlin Dumont, sr., throws; Kaylyn Dion, sr., throws

Top newcomers: Boys: Kyle Mann, fr., distance

Girls: Hannah Blackburn, fr., sprints/throws

Outlook: Boys: The Bears return Stock, Buxton and Scott Hinds, who all qualified for states last year and return this season and have the potential to exceed last season’s 20th-place finish.

Girls: The Bears have one of the best athletes in D-III in Remillard, the defending long jump champion. Remillard also finished second in the 100 hurdles and fourth in the 400, accounting for 22 of Winnisquam’s 28 points last year at states. A big day at the state meet from Remillard alone could match the Bears’ sixth-place finish last season. The Bears also return state qualifiers Keck, Dion and Dumont. If the Bears can get some more qualifiers and get scoring from other athletes, Winnisquam could be a top-five team.




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