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2017 Upper Valley High School Track Preview

  • Woodstock's Bill Wood warms up before the boys 100 meter dash preliminary race during the Division III Vermont State Track meet at Green Mountain Union High School in Chester, Vt., on June 4, 2016. Wood not only won the finals race of the dash with a time of 11.42, beating his winning time last year by .18 seconds, but he also won the boys long jump. (Valley News- Sarah Priestap) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Thetford's Noah Perry competes in the boys pole vault during the Division III Vermont State Track meet at Green Mountain Union High School in Chester, Vt., on June 4, 2016. Perry placed fourth in the event, just behind his teammate, Thetford's Sage Whitecloud, who placed third. (Valley News- Sarah Priestap) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Hanover's Morgan Baughman. (Valley News - Tris Wykes)

  • Whitcomb's Liam Walker. (Valleey News - Tris Wykes)

  • South Royalton's Connor Lambert. (Valley News - Tris Wykes)

  • Hartford's Abayomi Lowe. (Valley News - Tris Wykes)



Valley News Staff Writer
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Early spring hasn’t exactly been cooperative for many Upper Valley track and field teams. But many still have their sights set on state championships, while many more individual athletes look to defend titles from a year ago or make a name for themselves through speed or strength.

No team has higher hopes than Lebanon’s girls, who took second place a year ago at the NHIAA Division II state meet. Cornell-bound Corinne Kennedy once again leads the charge in three different events, with Kim and Kath Merchant and Hartford transfer Grace Furlong potentially providing valuable secondary points. Oxbow’s girls have title hopes of their own thanks to a return of Hannah Giesing, who took the winter indoor season off. Girls teams from South Royalton, Thetford, Whitcomb and Woodstock could all place in the top five of their divisions.

Stevens head coach Matt Baird-Torney hopes to ride the wave of success Cardinal athletics has enjoyed since September, with Parker Smith once again providing a solid foundation. Abayomi Lowe and the Hartford boys will try to take another step toward cracking the top five, with Lowe emerging as one of the top sprinters in Vermont. South Royalton’s boys lost two top hurdlers but brought plenty back after a second-place finish last spring. Jon Puffer and Jake Stimson will be the featured athletes on an Oxbow boys team that placed third a year ago.

As always, individuals will also make an impact. Hanover’s Kyle Doucette has had a monster start to the spring season after a mediocre winter, and Woodstock’s Anna Dieffenbach has plenty to work with after wins in the high jump, long jump and 100 meter hurdles.

Hanover

Coach: Steve McConnell (4).

Last Year: Girls placed ninth. Hannah Wittmann won pole vault, and the girls 4x800 relay team placed fifth at the state meet. Boys took 16th overall as Sam Ives placed fifth in the 200 meter dash and Morgan Baughman took fifth in the 3,200.

League: NHIAA Division II.

Boys Returnees: Seniors — Charles Chen, Marcus Helble, Sam Ives, Henry Lang, Henry MacKall, Ben Sobel. Juniors — Morgan Baughman, Josh Burnham, Jonah Felde, Malachy Flynn, Justin Hybels, Jake Licht, James Napier, Daniel Pinigin, Sam Pych, Tahquiy Smith, David Wilson. Sophomores — Liam Collins, Christo Dragnev, Matt Fenner, Juan Bautista Gallino, Ben Hoffer, Henry Kuvin, Deveon Martin, Hagin Onyango, Jack Robey, Colm Seigne, Brian Turkington.

Girls Returnees: Seniors — Anna Dickson, Leah Tanny, Alessandro Vecchi, Hannah Wittmann. Juniors — Sophie Dunn, Elisabeth Nordstrom. Sophomores — Emily Bregou, Shira Hoffer, Sara Kleber, Quinn Renshaw, Leila Trummel.

Boys Newcomers: Freshmen — Daniel Bandler, Peter Burnham, Andrew Chen, Kyle Doucette, Ivan Hacker, Jackson Tolliday,

Girls Newcomers: Freshmen — Christine Aman, Aimee Borell, Kyla Bouchard, Isabel Bray, Hannah Chipman, Molly French, Alice Garner, Lucy Glueck, Lillian Hall, Kate Henggeler, Pepper Joseph, Quincy McBride, Anna Stafford, Peiper Thomas, Abigail Wilson.

Analysis: Distance specialists Morgan Baughman and Hannah Wittmann return once again on a Marauder team that has balance. Sam Ives gives Hanover some flexibility in short distances, and freshman Kyle Doucette could turn into fourth-year head coach Steve McConnell’s four-event star in the coming years.

“We’ve got about 60 athletes coming out this season. It’s exciting,” McConnell said. “They’re working really hard. If we continue to get bigger and stronger, we’ll be in good shape.”

McConnell has been impressed by his up-and-coming girls team, which he said should be strong with some grooming. Anna Stafford (sprints) and Kate Henggeler (shot put) front that group. Alessandro Vecchi is showing potential for the boys in discus.

Hartford

Coach: Mike Perry (19).

Last Year: Boys finished eighth at state meet. Deveon Martin took third in the boys 100, Abayomi Lowe placed third in the 400 and Matt Phipps was fifth in the 1500. The girls placed ninth overall. Ileana Sirois was second in the girls 110 hurdles and fourth in the long jump.

League: VPA Division II.

Boys Returnees: Senior — Keith Illingworth. Juniors — Riley Kehoe, Andrew Lamb, Callum Brittain. Sophomores — Hunter Noyes, Abayomi Lowe, Busara Hall, Lucas Benson.

Girls Returnees: Seniors — Kristin Burlew, Thea Cole, Sarah Jones, Isabella Leister, Lyndsie Rice, Abigail Robbins. Juniors — Ileana Sirois, Shaelyn West, Morgan White, Clare Posner, Elizabeth Robbins. Sophomore — Jasmine Roden.

Boys Newcomers: Junior — Anthony Scelza. Sophomore — Thomas Kasten. Freshmen — Brent Chandler, Hunter Hamel, Ezra King, Aaron Mitchell, Matthew Robbins.

Girls Newcomers: Junior — Maya Bolger-Chen. Freshmen — Angie Anderson, Kennedy Mullen, Jessica Patterson, Anna Marie Schneller.

Analysis: It’s hard to go wrong when athletes like Ileana Sirois and Abayomi Lowe are anchoring your team. If Hartford is lacking anything it’s distance talent, leaving veteran coach Mike Perry with slim pickings for any race longer than 800 meters. But that means sprints and field events are stacked with Canes, and Perry hopes that depth can level the playing field when the races matter most.

Lowe, who was hurt for much of last spring, is coming off an incredible indoor season this past winter, where he set a new state record in the D-II 55-meter dash. Perry said he’s grooming sophomore Dylan Tucker to be Lowe’s wingman in the 100, 200, long jump and relay events. Riley Kehoe should place relatively high in hurdles events, and sophomore Seth Elifritz, as well as freshmen Brent Chandler and Hunter Hamel, will be given the throwing reins this spring.

Perry is also high on freshman Kennedy Mullen, who he said he’s grooming for the 200, 400, long jump and triple jump this spring. Freshmen Jasmine Roden and Anna Marie Schneller will get a chance at shot put and discus as well.

Lebanon

Coach: Kevin Lozeau (4).

Last Year: Girls placed second at state championship meet, 17.5 points behind D-II champion Milford. Corinne Kennedy won the 400, 100 and 300 hurdles. Kath Merchant won the shot put, discus throw and javelin. Boys placed ninth. Ryan Milliken took third in the 100.

League: NHIAA Division II.

Boys Returnees: Seniors — Davis Cole, Raphael Harriman, Joseph Hurford, Ryan Milliken, Spenser Molloy. Juniors — Jaret Armstrong, Edward Bieszczad, Jonathan Brennan, Joseph Kibbie, Peter Maslan, Zach Petrin, Marcus Roper, Donald Willeman. Sophomores — Nate Cole, Michael Downs, Zachariah Herndon, Ben Lammert, Ryan Sullivan, William Tanski, Noel Vorachak, Austin Whitcomb.

Girls Returnees: Seniors — Emily Ball, Catherine Gavell, Corinne Kennedy, Tori Wright. Juniors — Samantha Brady, Grace Furlong, Shelby Hanks, Kath Merchant, Kim Merchant, Sophia Miller, Chloe Wadlinger. Sophomores — Sarah Ball, Hannah Falcone, Mackenzie Greger, Kaitlyn Merrihew.

Boys Newcomers: Freshmen — Nathaniel Brown, Than Carter, Cody Davis, Will Forman, Brandan Freeman, Keenan Leuthauser, Peter Ogrinc, Benjamin Tichner, Michael Weeks, Michael Weeks.

Girls Newcomers: Freshmen — Anna Bieszczad, Allison Carl, Emma Doyle, Maria Goodwin, Emma Herndon, Abigail Kibbie, Olivia Lammert, Claudia Simione, Abigail Snow, Irina Stan, Madeline Wolfe.

Analysis: The Raider girls are built to win now, led by the ever-stable presence of Corinne Kennedy, who has lifted Lebanon track and field to new heights during her relentless reign over New Hampshire sprints and hurdles. The question for fourth-year head coach Kevin Lozeau, however, is whether the team around Kennedy can win a championship. Kim and Kath Merchant will help, as will Hartford transfer and distance specialist Grace Furlong.

The boys took ninth last year and should be very competitive this spring as well. All-around athlete Ryan Milliken will make noise in the sprinting events. Marcus Roper could make progress in shot put, and Ryan Sullivan will be one of the top jumpers in the state.

Mascoma

Coach: Tom Warner (11).

Last Year: Boys placed 23rd at states. Sheldon Farnsworth placed fifth in the boys long jump and Ben Jones took ninth in both 1,600 and 3,200. Haley Bissonnette took seventh in the shot put for Mascoma’s girls, who didn’t score team points at states.

League: NHIAA Division III.

Boys Returnees: Seniors — Tristan Williams, Josh Simoneau, Karmin Reed, Evan Peck, Cameron Holmes, Sheldon Farnsworth. Juniors — Hunter Whyte, Spencer Stebbins, Ben Shields, Owen Schneider, Jordan Peck, Torey Newman, Chris Gill, James Disbrow, Collin Cacciatore. Sophomores — Christian Rochay, Dakota Decocq, Henry Clough, Justin Andrew.

Girls Returnees: Seniors — Haley Bissonnette, Amy Labrecque. Juniors — Bridget Darling, Kaelyn Gelinas, Zoe Grodan, Elizabeth Jones, Madison Merrihew, Paxton Morley, Olivia Salamy, Tori Sweet, Sydney Thompson, Miavictoria Velez. Sophomores — Gracie Keyser, Natasha Lockwood.

Boys Newcomers: Freshmen — Alek Connolly, Brandon Straker.

Girls Newcomers: Seniors — Layla Meyveagaci, Justine Martin. Freshmen — Olivia Bean, Kira Emery, Laura Henry, Chase Johnson, Lindsay McDonald, Lily Poloian, Samantha Rizzo, Nicole Williams, Amelia Wilson.

Analysis: Ben Jones is now a long jumper at Colby-Sawyer College, leaving Sheldon Farnsworth as Mascoma’s standout on the boys team. Farnsworth should compete in the 200, shot put and long jump, backed by Jordan Peck in the long jump. Haley Bissonnette returns to shot put in her senior season.

Mount Royal

Coach: Iain Ridgway (1).

Last Year: The Knights sent three athletes to states, including Rette Solomon in 100 hurdles and long jump. Neither boys nor girls qualified enough athletes for team scores.

League: NHIAA Division III.

Girls Returnees: Senior — Callan Rees. Sophomore — Rette Solomon.

Boys Newcomers: Sophomore — William He. Freshmen — Anthony Mihaly, Adian Moorehouse, John Klucinec.

Girls Newcomers: Freshman — Kateri Kalpakgian.

Analysis: Rette Solomon has already qualified in the 100 hurdles and long jump at states for the second straight season. Callan Reese could make some noise in the girls 400 and in shorter distances, as well as Anthony Mihaly in throws and Aidan Moorehouse in long distance races.

Newport

Coaches: P.J. Lovely and Jeff Miller (2).

Last Year: Boys placed 14th at the state meet; girls team didn’t score. Peter Thibault took third in the discus and fifth in shot put. The girls’ 4x400 relay team was ninth.

League: NHIAA Division III.

Boys Returnees: Seniors — Mike Tremblay, Tyler Sharron, Ethan Ritondo, Jacob Merritt, Hunter Johnson, Bryce Jones, John Hogan. Juniors — David Stark, Peter Thibault, Matt Hennig, C.J. Howe, Dylan Palmer, Ethan Houde. Sophomores — Nathan Stark, Gavin Lovely, Odell Bedell, Ben Gallagher, Daniel Merritt.

Girls Returnees: Seniors — Bethany Boone, Emma Kibbie. Juniors — Anna Pysz, Keagan Halleck. Sophomores — Emily Guyett, Madison Sanville, Selena Coronis.

Boys Newcomers: Senior — Tyler Hall. Freshmen — John Thibault, Garrett Harold, Brayen Kraft, Cameron Hall, Ben Maynard, Mike Wilkinson, Caleb Palmer, Mason Martell.

Girls Newcomers: Freshmen — Izzy Fisher, Lindsay Baker, Anna Caron, Allison Howald.

Analysis: Peter Thibault returns to action after a trip to New Englands in his sophomore season as one of the top throwers in NHIAA Division III; he should finish in the top five in discus, shot put and javelin at states. Newcomer Tyler Hall will provide Newport with some secondary throwing in points both discus and shot put, as will Anna Pysz for the girls. Tiger football standout John Thibault will also make a nice sprinter for coaches P.J. Lovely and Jeff Miller.

Oxbow

Coach: Emily Willems (7).

Last Year: Girls took second, three points behind D-III champion Bellows Falls. Izzy Giesing won the 1,500 and 800, and Emily Carson took second in the 300 hurdles. Boys placed third. Dylan Griffin won the 400 and Oxbow’s 4x400 team also took first.

League: VPA Division III.

Boys Returnees: Seniors — Jon Puffer, Jake Stimson. Sophomores — Calvin Cook, William Douglas, Tim Hodges, Nathan Longmoore, Jarret Rock, Tyrus Rosten.

Girls Returnees: Seniors — Natalie Barton, Leanne Burgess, Claire Cook, Sarah Stevens. Juniors — Hannah Giesing, Izzy Giesing, Cassidy Pryer. Sophomores — Emily Carson, Megan Hebb, Lara Jones.

Boys Newcomers: Freshmen — Keelan Durham, Kyle Emerson.

Girls Newcomers: Junior — Danielle Gordon. Freshmen — Micheala LaCount, Joy Sewall, Molly Sironen, Harley Wescott, Lana Wood.

Analysis: The Olympians return their core for yet another attempt at the Division III state title that has eluded Oxbow head coach Emily Willems’ deep, talented roster. Hannah Giesing is back after spending her winter away from the track, though her sister Izzy is already in prime shape following last year’s 1,500 and 800 wins at the state championship meet. Emily Carson, second in last year’s pole vault; Jon Puffer, the defending boys pole vault champion; and Oxbow’s relentless relay teams are all relatively intact, even with the absence of the graduated Franni Hoag.

“We hope to challenge Bellows Falls again, but they are a bigger school and have more numbers than us,” Willems said.

Sharon

Coach: Kevin Gish (8).

Last Year: Richard Morrill placed eighth in both the boys 200 and 400 and took 12th in the boys long jump.

League: VPA Division IV.

Boys Returnees: Senior — Richard Morrill. Juniors — Joseph Campbell, Dillon Buttner. Sophomore — Sami Husain.

Girls Returnees: Sophomore — Marguerite Souligney.

Girls Newcomers: Freshman — Sophie Chesnut.

Analysis: Richard Morrill returns for the Phoenix after illustrating his versatility in the 200, 400 and long jump last season. Joseph Campbell finished in 19th place in the 100 and 25th in the 200 as a sophomore at last year’s D-IV state meet. Sami Husain also cracked the top 20 in the 1,500 as a freshman last season.

South Royalton

Coaches: Shannon Palone and David Mattern (2).

Last Year: Both boys and girls placed second. The boys were four points behind D-IV champion Northfield; the girls were 48 points behind the Marauders. Connor Lambert won the pole vault and took third in the 400. MacKinley George placed fourth in the 400. The girls 4x400 relay team placed second. Alexandra Armstrong took fourth in the 400.

League: VPA Division IV.

Boys Returnees: Senior — Jackson McClain. Juniors — Bradford Jones, Ryan Jones, Connor Lambert, Chris McCullough, Nicholas Thornton. Sophomores — Jason Armstrong, Sam Fisk, Caleb Chase.

Girls Returnees: Senior — Emily Ballou. Juniors — Aliza George, Kylen Nelson. Sophomores — Eliza Mabey, Emily McClain, Jasmine Smith.

Boys Newcomers: Junior — Brais Fraga Figueroa. Freshmen — Eric Taylor, Tayvian Stillson.

Girls Newcomers: Freshmen — Abigail Parr, Kaylyn Scoskie, Alexis Taylor-Young.

Analysis: The Royals lost plenty of talent since last spring, including talented overall athletes MacKinley George and William Wuttke, and have had plenty of time to think about just how close they were to their first track and field title in four years. But coach Shannon Palone is confident she can put her athletes in a position to compete for the top spot in D-IV.

“Fortunately, we’ve brought a lot of talent back,” Palone said. “We’ve got a huge team this year, and the talent we’ve got is just amazing.”

Palone said her focus is on improving her team’s running events after last season’s group was strong in throwing and jumping but not so much in sprints or long distance runs. Eliza Mabey and Connor Lambert, who competed in several running events in last season’s state championship meet, will anchor the team’s runners. Lambert also returns to defend his pole vault title from a year ago. He placed third in the boys 400 and fifth in the 300 hurdles.

Stevens

Coach: Matt Baird-Torney (4).

Last Year: Boys tied for sixth at the state meet. Matt Gobin took second in the boys 110 hurdles. Parker Smith placed third in the boys shot put and fourth in high jump. Aly Lizotte took second in the girls 400 and fifth in the 100.

League: NHIAA Division III.

Boys Returnees: Seniors — Chris Beckelman, Richard Bell, Logan Bonneau, Parker Smith, Zach Stanhope, Ethan Sweet. Juniors — Joe Desilets, Drew Grenier, Mitchell Paquette, Jacob Rider, Connor Whipple.

Girls Returnees: Senior — Marion Lovett. Junior — Taya Simmins. Sophomores — Alyssa Alberto, Olivia Barcelou, Audrey Puksta.

Boys Newcomers: Junior — Adrian Harlow. Sophomore — Derrick Stanhope. Freshmen — Matthew Jones, Colin Lewis, Caleb Royce, Tyler Sullivan, Sam Sweet, Josh Thurber.

Girls Newcomers: Senior — Andrea Peltier. Freshmen — Lexi Eitapence, Emily Emerson, Rylee Little.

Analysis: Stevens track and field is led by its star power. Parker Smith leads the boys in the 100, high jump and shot put. Marion Lovett leads the girls as a high jump specialist. The boys team is deep and athletically talented following the wave of boys athletes that have stood out in NHIAA competition since last summer, and fourth-year head coach Matt Baird-Torney is determined to cash in while the stars are aligned.

Ethan Sweet and Richard Bell provide solid secondary scoring options in sprints; Sweet also competes in long jump and triple jump. Baird-Torney is high on freshman Caleb Royce, who could turn out to be a three-event athlete in the 4x100 relay, the 400 and long jump. Colin Lewis will be given a chance to make a name for himself in the 110 hurdles.

Sunapee

Coach: Emily Cousens (2).

Last Year: Girls placed 18th. Suzanne Rickard took fourth in the girls javelin throw, and the girls 4x800 relay team took sixth. Boys did not score at states.

League: NHIAA Division III.

Boys Returnees: Seniors — Sam Humphrey, Nate Emery, Michael Dezotelle, Sawyer Bergeron, Yuyi Han, Virgile Blais, Connor Fleury. Juniors — Lawrence Roessel, Uzma Maleek. Sophomores — Brendan Kelleher, Jake Austin, Carson Garland.

Girls Returnees: Seniors — Lynnsey Trabka, Maryann Cousens, Renee Brandon, Elsa Pierson, Ziqian Han. Juniors — Bethie Coverdale, Mary Moynihan, Suzanne Rickard, Kayleigh Bean, Uzma Maleek. Sophomores — Nicole Malanga.

Boys Newcomers: Senior – Josh Reinhardt. Freshmen — Michael Mullen.

Girls Newcomers: Junior – Aubrey Porter. Freshmen — Maddie Blewitt.

Analysis: Suzanne Rickard emerged as a competitive javelin thrower in last year’s D-IV state meet, and Sunapee’s ever-athletic girls class put together a promising 4x800 relay team. Maryann Cousens, Mary Moynihan and Lynnsey Trabka have all returned from last year’s relay squad, and second-year coach Emily Cousens is searching for its fourth member. Cousens said she’s been impressed by Carson Garland’s eagerness to compete in distance races and that she’s looking a big year from Nate Emery in the high jump and 300 hurdles and Yuyi Han in the triple jump.

Thetford

Coaches: Emily Silver (6) and Joel Breakstone (9).

Last Year: Boys placed second at the state meet. Chris Parenteau and Christian Jones took second and third in the 110 hurdles. Caleb Davidson took second in shot put. Girls placed fourth. Meaggie Balch won the 3,000 and placed third in the 1,500.

League: VPA Division III.

Boys Returnees: Seniors — Christian Conaway, Caleb Davidson, Chris Ford, Jacob Gaffney, Mitchell Higgins, Raphael Orleck-Jetter, Austin Pedro, Noah Perry, Noah Stommell. Juniors — Daniel Wojcik, Dylan Thorburn, Malcolm Silver-Van Meter, Christian Robinson, Clifford Ransom, Nick Moses, Alex MacVeagh, Peter Labelle, Jackson Hall, Ian Barker, Eli Alsup. Sophomores — William Bugg, Logan Crane, Gabriel Gaetz, Ramon Graham, Eli Kaliski, Camden Moffitt, Alexander Robinson, Jacob Slaughter, Ian Spellman, Max Haehnel.

Girls Returnees: Senior — Hannah Harkins. Juniors — Meaggie Balch, Emma Bauer, Grace Clement, Gabrielle Curtis, Hannah Davis, Colombe Kayihura, Ellenor Koppers, Morgan Lavoy, Anna Pavlidou, Danielle Robinson. Sophomores — Abigail Berard, Jaime Harkins, Annabel Reining, Hannah Schwarz.

Boys Newcomers: Freshmen — Alex Chase, Vincent Nacio Levey, Frank Loveland, Stephen Prunk, Sachin Rampersaud, Jason Wolstenholme.

Girls Newcomers: Freshmen — Emma Thorburn, Lily MacVeagh, Casey MacVeagh, Macy Lawson, Morgan Gaffney, Georgia Flynn, Elle Dixon, Grace Davis.

Analysis: The Panthers bring back a huge boys team trying to build on a runner-up finish from a year ago despite losing several strong runners — including Chris Parenteau, Julio Lopez and Christian Jones — to graduation. Sage Whitecloud and Dylan Thorburn are tasked to help fill that void on the track, and Malcolm Silver-Van Meter should give Thetford some valuable points in the 1,500 and 3,000. Caleb Davidson, Thetford’s top shot-putter, took a step back in the winter and will seek a return to form outdoors. For the girls, junior distance star Meaggie Balch will try to defend her title in the 3,000 and do better than her third place in the 1,500 from last season, and Morgan Lavoy will try to improve on a fifth-place finish in the girls 100.

Whitcomb

Coaches: Tom and Sue Burgos (5).

Last Year: Boys placed fifth. Liam Walker, Seth Larson, Marcus Sheldon and Harrison Allen won the boys 4x400 relay; Allen won the 200 and took third in the 100. Girls took sixth. Alexandra Timmins placed second in the 3,000 as a freshman.

League: VPA Division IV.

Boys Returnees: Seniors — Ambrose Wigglesworth, Liam Walker, Marcus Sheldon. Juniors — Ben Sears. Sophomores — Gabe Feeney, Gavin Turner, Max Stearns.

Girls Returnees: Seniors — Gwen Timmins, Molly LaFromboise. Juniors — Melani Davis. Sophomores — Alexandra Timmins.

Boys Newcomers: Sophomore — Allan Freitas.

Girls Newcomers: Junior — Martyna Zawalska. Freshmen — Grace LaFromboise.

Analysis: Seth Larson and Harrison Allen are big losses for Whitcomb, particularly on Division IV-winning 4x400 relay team. Tom and Sue Burgos hope put a winning team relay team back together with Liam Walker and Marcus Sheldon in their senior seasons. Alexandra Timmins is being groomed for long distances after finishing in second place in the 3,000 as a freshman.

Windsor

Coach: Patrick Gordon (2).

Last Year: Girls placed seventh in the state meet behind championship performances from Katey Comstock in shot put, discus and javelin. Anika Abrahamsen also placed third in the girls 400. The boys finished in ninth place.

League: VPA Division III.

Boys Returnees: Seniors — Allen Fan, Tanner Wright, A.J. Wood. Juniors — Elijah Collier, Vincent Moeykens, Jacob Tucker, Ethan Rhoad, Ben Millard, Tate Hurd, Trevor Worrall, Terry Ziccardi. Sophomores — Alex Townsend, Daniel Dexter.

Girls Returnees: Seniors — Brooke Winter, Nicole Towne, Emily Smith, Anika Abrahamsen. Sophomore — Anna Thornton.

Boys Newcomers: Senior — Hunter Judd, Tanner Wright. Junor — Jacob Curtis. Sophomore — Jaden Cook. Freshmen — Wyatt Bean, Brayton Bailey, Justin McKenrick, Zackary Tucker.

Girls Newcomers: Senior — Kaitlyn Morris. Freshman — Belle Moulton.

Analysis: The Yellowjackets return to VPA Division III for the first time in several years with a boys team with the depth to challenge in several different events and a girls team without the numbers to challenge for team scores.

This is still Windsor, after all, so strong throwers are a given. Tanner Wright and Ethan Rhoad are throwing specialists for second-year head coach Patrick Gordon, as is Idaho transfer Kaitlyn Morris. Hunter Judd, Vincent Moeykens and Anna Thornton have the pedigree for sprints, and Gordon has his eyes on Jacob Curtis and Terry Ziccardi for triple jump. Anika Abrahamsen is a lock for middle-distance events, and Belle Moulton is being groomed for the mile. Gordon said he’s excited for his boys group to make progress in a lower division.

Woodstock

Coach: Greg Somerville (3).

Last Year: Girls placed third at states. Anna Dieffenbach won the high jump, long jump and 100 hurdles and took second in the triple jump. The boys finished in fifth. Bill Wood won the long jump, the 100 and 200.

League: VPA Division III.

Boys Returnees: Seniors — Collin Campbell, Tyler Chynoweth, Evan Hotchkiss, Evan Patch, Cole Wescott, Bill Wood. Juniors — Matthew Bassette, Dylane Carnehammer, Robert Grots, Stephen Scherer. Sophomores — Evan Alsup, Toby Borzekowski, Zac Cannon, Josh Duefield, Kyle Gordon.

Girls Returnees: Seniors — Anna Dieffenbach, Calli Mistkowski, Sarah Yates. Juniors — Katrina Boswell, Margaret Burns, Abigail Keller, Hailey Napier, Grace Vollers. Sophomores — Bridgit Black, Khara Brettell, Hannah Coates, Elizabeth Currier, Anna Hepler, Madeline Hiller, Linea Kay, Claudia Mills, Alivia Salls, Susan Boyer, Lily Walker-Money.

Boys Newcomers: Freshmen — Owen Coates, Clay Lynch, Davis Taylor.

Girls Newcomers: Freshmen — Justice Bassette, Lola Dorsogna, Zoe Napier, Kit Oney, Madison Rieger, Alice Sperber, Natalie Stevens.

Analysis: If the Wasps have anything, it’s high-end ability. Anna Dieffenbach returns after a stellar junior spring with three wins and a runner-up finish at the D-III state meet, as does speedy Bill Wood, who is the early-season favorite for the 100 and 200. Lily Walker-Money and Anna Hepler showed some serious potential in the girls 400 and 800 last season as freshmen. Each could crack the top five by spring’s end.

Woodsville

Coaches: Christina and A.J. Flateau (8).

Last Year: Girls did not qualify for state meet, and boys failed to register a team score. Chris Sarkis took seventh in the boys 1,600.

League: NHIAA Division III.

Boys Returnees: Seniors — Joe D’Angelo, Denny Ruprecht. Juniors — Myles Horton, Ethan Sanville. Sophomores — Ethan Dessaint, Jim Kertis, Erich Saffo, Curtis Wyman.

Girls Returnees: Juniors — Else Bielarski, Charlotte Hickey, Chelsea Paye, Kiara Reagan. Sophomore — Lilah Flynn.

Boys Newcomers: Sophomores — Donny Bowman, Kevin Cadreact, Lucas Thornton. Freshman — Matthew Sargent.

Girls Newcomers: Senior — Erin Haley. Freshmen — Astra Sleeper, Mikayla Smith.

Analysis: The Engineers lost about eight seniors last season, including Chris Sarkis, who placed seventh at the state meet in the boys 1,600. Returning a year later is a group of inexperienced yet determined athletes, leaving Christina and A.J. Flateau with some figuring out to do.

Ethan Sanville will lead the boys in sprints, as will Donny Bowman in sprints and javelin. Chelsea Paye will focus on long jump, and Kiara Reagan will look to make progress in triple jump.