Capsule outlook of the area’s high school indoor track teams

Published: 12/17/2018 9:35:35 PM

Division: I

Coach: Hayden Daly (3rd year)

Last year: Boys: 5th; Girls: tied 8th

Top returners: Boys: Eli Boesch-Dining, sr., distance; David Cook, jr., distance; Ryan Devine, jr., distance; Manny Feliz, jr., sprints/jumps/hurdles; Zackary Jenks, sr., sprints; Brayden Kearns, so., distance; Forest MacKenzie, sr., distance; Aidan O’Hern, sr., distance; Nick Richards, so., hurdles; Jackson Wilkes, sr., sprints/mid-distance

Girls: Alexis Adams, so., throws/jumps; Hannah Barton, sr., sprints; Serena Britos, jr., distance; Grace Devanny, sr., sprints; Faith Hatcher, jr., sprints; Samantha Ossoff, jr., sprints; Sarah Waite, jr., sprints; Sarah Zarakotas, sr., distance

Top newcomers: Boys: Eben Bragg, so., distance; John Murphy, fr., distance; Fisto Ndayishimiye, sr., sprints; Rovanee Nickson, jr., mid-distance

Girls: Jordan Cromwell, fr., jumps; Julie Kye, sr., jumps; Brianna Malette, jr., sprints/jumps; Morgane Orcutt, so., distance

Outlook: Boys: Last year the Tide finished fifth in Division I behind lots of points in the distance events, hurdles and relays, and this year’s squad looks to be strong in those events as well. In its season-opening meet, the Tide boys loaded up on points in the distance events, but scored in 10 of 12 events en route to a team victory, showing they have the balance and depth to stay at the top of D-I.

Girls: Devanny, the defending 300-meter dash champion and third-place finisher in the 55 dash, scored all of Concord’s points at the D-I championships last year, but the Tide look to be stronger in more disciplines this season. The Tide looked strong in its first meet of the season, a second-place finish, especially in the sprints and relays.


Division: II

Coach: Scott Clark (5th year)

Last year: Boys: 11th; Girls: tied 13th

Top returners: Boys: Zack Duclos, sr., throws; Micah Edgren, so., sprints/jumps; Brandon Robichaud, so., sprints/jump

Girls: Alice Riley, sr., distance; Sana Syed, jr., hurdles

Top newcomers: Boys: Nick Miles, jr., distance

Girls: Jada Edgren, fr., sprints

Bishop Brady

Division: II

Coach: Diane Morey (10th year)

Last year: Boys: DNS; Girls: DNS

Top returners: Boys: Joey Bergeron, so., throws

Top newcomers: Boys: Mark Galvin, jr., sprints/hurdles/jumps

Girls: Abby Shagena, so., distance/throws; Ashlyn Toupin, so., sprints/hurdles/jumps

Outlook: The Giants are a small team with only seven girls and five boys on the roster, and Bergeron is the only returning athlete from last year’s team out of the bunch. That being said, Brady brought in some experience from its outdoor track team and looked good in its first meet, especially on the girls’ side that set four school records. Toupin, a qualifier for the D-III outdoor track championship in the triple jump, set the 55 hurdles and indoor long jump records, as well as running on the record-setting 4x400 relay with Lauren Beitler, Sarah Sponenberg and Shagena. Shagena also set a school record in the 600 in her first time running in the event.

“We’re a small team bursting with new talent, especially in the jumps, sprints, and hurdles,” coach Morey said. “Sarah Sponenberg is likely to come on strong in the hurdles and Maddie Cole brings some power with the shot put. Mark Galvin has been doing track since middle school and was a state qualifier in the hurdles.”

Teams to beat: Concord


Division: II

Coach: Sara Krause (1st year)

Last year: Boys: DNS; Girls: DNS

Top returners: Boys: Aiden Westenberg, sr., sprints; Jonathan Routhier, sr., sprints; Andrew Ralston, sr., sprints

Top newcomers: Boys: Colin Lessard, jr., distance; Gabe Neff, jr., distance

Girls: Amy Eweka, jr., sprints; Addy Trefethen, fr., sprints

Outlook: The Falcons didn’t score any points at the state meet last year, but the boys return some solid sprinters who were a part of top-10 relays last year and have some of the top runners and hardest workers from the cross country team joining the squad.

“We have a solid core group of returning upperclassmen that are doing a great job leading the team,” coach Krause said. “Our boys’ relay team looks strong with three returning athletes (Ralston, Westenberg and Routhier) and I am excited to see how Gabe Neff and Colin Lessard will compete at the longer distances.”

The girls’ side has an almost entirely new roster from last year, but Krause is happy with the leadership so far and thinks some of the new sprinters could make an immediate impact.

“On the girls’ side we have a lot of new athletes, led by (senior) Eve Anderson and (senior) Annie Gregoire,” Krause said. “We have two newcomers (Trefethen and Eweka) that are a strong addition to our sprinters.”


Division: II

Coach: Dave Zink (12th year)

Last year: Boys: 4th; Girls: 6th

Top Returners: Boys: Porter Heigis, so., sprints; Luke Tkaczyk, so., distance; Wyatt Mackey, so., distance; Gavyn Lewis, sr., distance; Shane Cameron, jr., distance

Girls: Sophie Laird, jr., mid-distance; Ella Malone, so., distance; Addison Cox, so., distance; Isabel May, so., sprints; Madison Tortorella-Lewis, jr., sprints; Corrine Fernald, so., sprints

Outlook: Boys: With the graduation of a talented senior class, the Bears lost nearly all the points scored at last year’s state meet. Coe-Brown graduated Orion Clachar, the 2017 55-meter hurdles champion and current University of New Hampshire athlete, and Evan Tanguay, who combined for 22 of the 33 points scored in last year’s D-II championship. However, there is a strong returning group ready to pick up the slack, including the members of the 2018 D-II cross country champion team. Tkaczyk, Mackey, and Heigis all ran on last year’s winning 4x800 relay with Tanguay. In addition to the distance events, look for the Bears to do best in relays, throws and middle distance events, but may surprise teams in other events as the season progresses.

“The boys’ team will be battling to maintain their fourth-place finish from last year,” coach Zink said.

Girls: The Lady Bears bring a strong group of distance runners and a compliment of returning sprint and relay runners that should give the team a chance to improve on its sixth-place at last year’s D-II championship. Laird, Cox and Malone ran on the runner-up 4x800 relay last year and the distance squad is coming off a D-II cross country championship. Due to the length of the cross country championship season, the Bears may not field a full team for a few weeks.

“A slow start may belie their true nature,” coach Zink said. “Look for the team to coalesce toward the latter part of the season.”

Teams to beat: Boys: Portsmouth, Trinity, Windham; Girls: Portsmouth, Souhegan


Division: II

Coach: Derrick Wong (3rd year)

Last year: Boys: DNS; Girls: DNS

Top Returners: Boys: Kyan Graves, sr., throws/sprints/jumps

Girls: Emma LaPierre, jr., hurdles/sprints

Top newcomers: Boys: Asher Graves, fr., sprints/distance; Jayden Hollis, so., sprints/distance; Scott Joffre, fr., sprints/distance

Girls: Emma Dunlop, sr., hurdles/sprints

Outlook: The Tornadoes are slowly rebuilding behind the leadership of Kyan Graves and LaPierre, the only two athletes with experience on Franklin’s roster of six. Kyan Graves is looking to build off of last year’s success in the shot put and LaPierre is looking to take the next step in her sprinting and hurdling prowess.

“Our indoor program is small but we try to develop our athletes in the best way possible to help them qualify for states,” coach Wong said.

Teams to beat: Concord, Merrimack Valley, Belmont, Gilford


Division: II

Coach: Rachel Quaye (1st year)

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

Top Returners: Girls: Mya Dube, jr., distance

Top newcomers: Girls: Ruth Anderson, so., sprints; Sierra Hodgman, fr., sprints; Gracey Boisvert, fr., sprints

Outlook: The Cougars only have four athletes, all girls, on their roster this year and will be looking for strong individual finishes, but still can pack a punch at meets with Dube, the Division III individual cross country champion this fall.

Merrimack Valley

Division: II

Coaches: Bob Mullen (29th year) and Joey Ellis (4th year)

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

Top Returners: Boys: Cam Butt, jr., sprints; Mitchell Graham, jr., sprints/throws; Dylan Lessard, jr., mid-distance; Christian Oglesby, jr., mid-distance; Cam Donovan, sr., jumps; David Reynolds, sr., distance; Matt Reynolds, sr., distance

Girls: Noelle Colarusso, jr., jumps; Cassidy Considine, jr. sprints; Nicole Considine, jr., mid-distance; Madisyn Garrity, jr., mid-distance; Addie Hodge, jr., jumps; Madi Palmer, jr., jumps; Rebecca Williams, sprints

Top newcomers: Boys: Riker Abbate, fr., sprints; Seth Baylus, fr., sprints/jumps; Fenn Davis, fr., throws; Ryker Kimball, fr., sprints; Thundering Buffalo Rios, fr., sprints/jumps; Noah Schneider, fr., sprints; Jack Wormald, fr., sprints

Girls: Sophia Reynolds, fr., distance

Outlook: Boys: The Pride have a growing pool of inexperienced, yet talented, athletes that are already proving themselves. MV finished third in its first meet this past weekend, finishing behind the defending D-II champions Windham and D-I Concord.

“We’re really looking forward to see a lot of the sophomores and juniors make the next step in their track careers,” coach Ellis said. “There are some holes to fill and we have plenty of unproven talent.

Girls: The Pride girls also finished third in their first meet of the season, only narrowly losing to D-I Manchester Central and Concord.

“The girls’ team may be small, but they are mighty,” Ellis said.

The boys’ and girls’ teams share some characteristics. Both teams should be strong in multiple relays and should also benefit from the Reynolds siblings, who swept the D-II cross country individual championships this fall. David won the boys’ title, while Sophia won the girls’ D-II title, Meet of Champions title and finished runner-up in New England in her first high school season.

“The cornerstone of the MV track program is the Big Three,” Ellis said. “The Reynolds – they eat, sleep, and breathe running.”

Teams to beat: Windham, Portsmouth, Coe-Brown, Oyster River


Division: II

Coaches: Mike Valotto (1st year), John Anderson (1st year), Brad Keyes (1st year)

Last year: Boys: DNS; Girls: DNS

Top returners: Boys: Andrew Chase, sr.

Girls: Madison Bennett, sr.; Alysse Cleasby, sr.; Avery Gamache, sr.

Top newcomers: Boys: Christian Army, sr.; Jacob Marden, jr.; Elija St. Pierre, jr.; D’Andre Mitchell, so.

Girls: Molly Keyes, so.; Lilly Curtis, so.

Outlook: The Spartans are a young team filled with newcomers and new coaches, but they have already shown promise, with the boys’ team finishing third and the girls’ finishing fifth in Pembroke’s first meet of the season.

“We are looking forward to some great performances this season,” coach Valotto said. “We have a young team and returning athletes trying new events.”


Division: II

Coach: Christine Cochran (2nd year)

Last year: Boys: DNS; Girls: DNS

Top returners: Boys: Dylan Robert, so., distance; Riley Mann, so., distance

Girls: Faith Gosselin, so., distance; Ilijana Markelic, jr., sprints/hurdles; Jasmine Piper, sr., distance

Top newcomers: Boys: Ryan Bellville, jr., sprints/jumps

Girls: Joy Roberts, jr., sprints/jumps

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