Indoor Track Previews: 2015-16

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Indoor Track Previews: 2015-16

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Dec 02, 2015 5:10 am

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Re: Indoor Track Previews: 2015-16

Postby SoxFan1966 » Sat Dec 12, 2015 9:12 am

Morning Sentinel Indoor Track Preview-

The cyclical nature of high school sports eventually catches up to every successful team, even the Waterville girls who last season won their fifth straight Class B state championship. Seniors played a great part in the Purple Panthers’ success, among them huge point-getters, Sarah Shoulta and Kellie Bolduc.

They’re gone and although the team remains stocked with capable athletes, a sixth straight title is no foregone conclusion.

“We lost quite a bit to be honest,” Waterville coach Rob Stanton said.

Stanton, who coaches the cross country and outdoor track teams, takes over for Jonathan Alexis, who last year replaced longtime coach Ian Wilson, the man responsible for building the boys and girls teams into state powerhouses.

The girls remain the favorite in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference and Stanton sees his team in the top three in the state along with favorites Orono and Greely. They return some quality athletes in distance runners Lauren Brown and Cecelia Morin, as well as high jumper Alison Linscott, all of whom placed at the state meet. Brown, a two-miler, emerged as one of the state’s best runners during the fall cross country season.

The Waterville boys dropped to fifth in the state last year after winning it all in 2014. Trever Gray, who won the state shot put title, and Drew Burgess, second in the pole vault, return to anchor a team that also includes distance runner Billy Chambers and pole vaulter Isaac Pellerin. First order of business is to win the KVAC, where Stanton sees Belfast as the favorite.

Elsewhere in central Maine track, Erskine and Maine Central Institute have strong, competitive teams while Skowhegan

— led by senior Maddy Price

— will take points in Class A. Furthermore, numbers are up at Lawrence and Winslow. Gardiner and Hall-Dale have combined forces this year and will compete as one team in Class A.

The Erskine girls finished fourth at the KVAC meet and the boys fifth. Both teams should improve on that showing. There are 20 boys out for the team led by senior hurdler and middle distance runner Ethan Dodge. Senior Hoang Barrett and juniors Joey Gay and Josh Creasman also scored at last year’s KVAC meet.

“We should have a few state qualifiers,” first-year Erskine coach and former assistant David Currier said. “We cover the events really well.”

Currier sees Belfast and Water-ville as the KVAC favorites but adds “we could be in the mix.”

The girls have 14 out for the team and will have trouble covering all the events. But there’s plenty of quality led by junior sprinters Jordan Jowett and Abby Haskell. Along with Mackenzie Gayer, they form three fourths of the 4x200 relay team that finished fifth at the state meet.

“It’s an incredibly talented, top-heavy group,” Currier said. “Depth will kill them.”

MCI coach Jason Allen welcomed 60 kids to his team, including 35 residential students he has yet to evaluate. The boys return several proven scorers to a team that finished second in the KVAC. Senior shut putter Curtis McLeod placed second in the state last year and leads a group of jumpers, distance runners and sprinters. The girls, led by sprinter Abby Bernier and Allison Hughes in the shot, have less depth.

Skowhegan coach Dave Evans believes Maddy Price is the best triple jumper in the state and among the best in New England. It’s a strong event for the girls squad, which also has Chloe Thorndike and Leah Savage competing. Neither the boys nor girls teams have a lot of depth. Evans is also coaching four kids from Nokomis, led by senior sprinter and hurdler Erin Martin.

There are 43 athletes out for track at Lawrence. The boys return a young team while the girls have a better chance to score.

“The numbers are as high as they’ve been in the last four or five years,” Lawrence coach Tim Alberts said. “I’m looking forward to the girls 4x8.”

The Messalonskee boys have a strong group of returning sprinters and middle distance runners.

“We graduated a lot of throwers and have no returning jumpers,” first-year coach Matt Holman said. Holman, a standout runner at Gardiner and the University of Maine, will be joined by his wife Vanessa (Letourneau), who starred at Lawrence. There are more than 60 athletes on the two teams with more girls than boys.

“We’re going to be stronger on the girls side,” Holman said. “We’re fairly deep.”

Senior sprinter Ben Smith leads the Winslow boys while junior Paige Smith, a jumper and hurdler, joins the girls team after a successful outdoor season.

“I’m really looking forward to developing the program,” first-year coach Ken Nadeau said. “The numbers have been down and all of a sudden I have 24 kids.”

Gardiner and Hall-Dale have combined into one team with 27 kids who will compete in Class

A. Marisa Quirion is one of the leading returners for Gardiner while Hall-Dale athlete John Whitcomb leads a strong group.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing what these kids can do,” coach Joe Fitzsimmons said.

Kevin Russell takes over at Cony where the Rams compete as a club team made up of 12 boys and four girls.

“We’re trying to build toward the outdoor season and grow the program,” he said.

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Re: Indoor Track Previews: 2015-16

Postby SoxFan1966 » Sat Dec 12, 2015 9:14 am

Athletes to watch-

Trever Gray, Sr., Waterville
Lauren Brown Sr., Waterville
Maddy Price, Sr., Skowhegan

Brown returns as one of the top distance runners in the state and should be a force in the two-mile event.

A strong thrower, Gray is the defending Class B state indoor champ in the shot put.

Price is the defending KVAC A champ in the triple jump and 55-meter dash.

Others to watch Ben Smith, Winslow; Ciera Poulin, Winslow; Jeff Bilodeau, Cony; Curtis McLeod, MCI; Allison Hughes, MCI; Leah Savage, Skowhegan; Jordan Jowett, Erskine; Jaden Gray, Lawrence; Drew Burgess, Waterville; Alison Linscott, Waterville; Abby Haskell, Erskine; John Whitcomb, Gardiner/Hall-Dale
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