Ahead of the pack – Lowell Sun

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Last spring there were many outstanding track-and-field athletes who excelled during the abbreviated outdoor season with tremendous performances during the regular and postseason meets. While a dozen or so of those top athletes have since graduated, there’s a pretty good list of holdovers, who have the potential of making this spring season perhaps even more memorable.

During this past winter season, Littleton’s Garrett Rieden captured the All-State Title in the 800 meters. Tewksbury’s Alex Arbogast was second at the All-States, but won the New Englands in the 55-meter dash. Both of them will be back here in the spring. Arbogast will be among the top sprinters in the 100 and 200 this season.

Other top athletes to look out for include: Lowell’s David Vandi (800); Littleton’s Cam McLeod (multiple events); Tewksbury’s Ryan Cuvier (high jump); Billerica’s Kayden Kabuga (distance), Ryan leslie (distance) and Colton Jacques (hurdles); Wilmington’s Jeandre Abel (sprints) and Dracut’s Eythan Luxene (triple jump) and Nate Mugford (sprints).

There’s also several new coaches taking over this spring including Chris Volante at Groton-Dunstable, Joe Gore at Shawsheen Tech, while Scott Ouellet, who has been coaching for 22 years, recently as an assistant outdoors, takes over at Lowell.

Alvirne

League: New Hampshire Division 1

Captains: Seniors Colin Prescott, sprints/jumps; Dean Wimmer, throws; Kyle Ferullo, sprints/long jump; junior Nick Marcotte, distance;

Other Returning Letterwinners: Seniors Mike Bates, John Crawford, Parker Hilton, Liam McNeil; Juniors Cody Cahill, Cisco Crispin, Connor Gibson, Owen Hawkins, Taishaun Jackson, Geoff Keegan; Sophomores Fay Colin, Aiden Flaherty, Ryan Burke.

Promising Newcomers: Seniors Jack Ashworth, Keagan Bowen, Alvin Thumi; Junior Matthew Branco, Aiden Nye; Freshmen Garrett Howard, Shayne Mackey, Jacob Plante, Mustafa Salman, Samir Santos-Veras, Ethan Schultz, Devin Scott, Ryder Wannamaker, Jeremiah Yi, Cody Wood, Zack Rice, Xavian Brown, Freeman Erickson.

Coach Tom Daigle (22nd year): “We look really good at the moment. If we can keep the team healthy, I think we are looking at a very successful season.”

Billerica

League: Merrimack Valley Conference

Last Year’s Record: 3-2

Senior Captains: Colton Jacques, hurdles/jumps; Ryan Gayton, sprints; Rick Aguiar, throws; Kadyn Kabuga, Cam Boudrot, distance.

Other Returning Letterwinners: Juniors Sriganesh Srinivasan, jumps; Shawn Mulkerin, sprints/jumps; Sophomore Ryan Leslie, distance; Gabe Flores, throws; Joe Imbracsio, sprints/hurdles; Pat Hall, distance; Aditya Heera, Andrew Raymond, sprints; Jack O’Connell, mid-distance; Dan Burns, Scott Canneu, distance.

Promising Newcomers: Mike Murnane, Sebastien St. Pierre, Gryffin Bordeau, sprints/jumps; Shane Leslie, distance; William Munafo, throws.

Coach Shaun Corkum (5th season): “I’m looking to continue building off the past few years and most recently, our incredible indoor season in which we went 9-0. Every team we face is going to be a battle and with our strong core of returners and a large showing of newcomers from all ages, we know we have the capability to continue to make a name for ourselves in the MVC this season.”

Chelmsford

League: Merrimack Valley Conference

Last Year’s Record: 2-3

Senior Captains: Sankalp Bhoyar, throws; Ricky Looney, Troy Muldoon, sprints; Will Dudek, distance; Frank Tsui, mid-distance.

Other Returning Letterwinners: Seniors Brad Glasfurd, hurdles/jumps; James Buckley, distance; Juniors Torrence Borletto-McCray, hurdles; Neel Verma, Dean Allen, distance; Sophomores Luke Tremblay, sprints/jumps; Will Larsen, hurdles/jumps.

Promising Newcomers: Junior Cooper Collins, throws; Sophomores Kai Linton, Andrew McSherry, Toby Aquino, sprints; Nathaniel LeBrun, throws; Freshmen Dylan Tarini, John Kivlan, sprints/jumps; Nate Hart, sprints; Dillon Seang, javelin; Phil Rosen, hurdles/jumps.

Coach Dan Richter (12th season): “I’m really excited about this year’s team. We have talent in every event and have the potential to score points in every single event. We have a great mix of upper and underclassmen and practices have been great so far. Hopefully we’ll have a successful season.”

Dracut/Lawrence

League: Merrimack Valley Conference

Last Year’s Record: 4-0

Returning Letterwinners: Seniors Eythan Luxene, multi; Cooper Levasseur, Dan Martin, Cam Ritchie, throws; Cam Romano, mid-distance; Homare Tokutomi, sprints; Juniors Nick Grier, mid-distance; Matt Lavender, distance; Nate Mugford, Adlai Soucy, Ismael Zouaoui, sprints; Sam Botis, sprints/hurdles.

Promising Newcomers: Senior Aaron Khasabo, sprints; Junior Nasir Saldana, sprints; Sophomores Nicholas Crowell, throws; AJ D’Agostino, sprints; Britton Scott, mid-distance; Freshmen Brady Jones, mid-distance; Shawn Panfil, sprints.

Coach Erik Taber (9th season): “We’ve had a great first couple weeks of practice. Our numbers are larger than they have been in years past and we look to have more depth up and down the roster. Our sprint group is deep, and we have excellent leadership in that group led by Eythan Luxene. We’re excited about the mix of experience and youth in the throwing events. Our distance and mid-distance groups are deeper than in year’s past and have had an excellent start to the season. As a coaching staff, we’re excited to see the young talent develop. Much of the young talent has valuable experience in the sport, and we’re expecting that to pay dividends in the near future. We’re returning some high-level talent coming off a very successful indoor season and we look to keep that momentum going this spring.”

Greater Lowell

League: Commonwealth Athletic Conference

Last Year’s Record: 2-3

Returning Letterwinners: Seniors Isaac Perez, high jump/shot put; James Dixon, hurdles/high jump; Albert Ferreras, Ryan Plowman, distance; Juniors Brendan Quealy, mid-distance/javelin; Lennox Mercado, sprints; Sophomores Dennis Mowatt, throws;  Devin Moreau, distance.

Promising Newcomers: Sophomore James Washington, sprints/hurdles; Freshmen Trevor Santos, sprints/javelin; Jason Berard, hurdles/distance; Seamus Tully, distance.

Groton-Dunstable

League: Mid-Wach C

Last Year’s Record: 2-2

Captains: Senior Connor McEleney, mid-distance/long jump; Juniors Sam Brewster, sprints/javelin; Ethan McDonald, distance.

Other Returning Letterwinners: Seniors Ben Lyon, John Terhune, mid-distance; Juniors James Beebe, hurdles; Ben Cullip, mid-distance;

Andrew Davis, mid-distance/high jump; Declan Hann, distance; Liam Herrmann, Jason Kenney, sprints.

Promising Newcomers: Senior Matt Githae, sprints/jumps; Juniors Sam Landry, Dylan Paradis, shot put; Ryan McEleney, sprints/javelin;

Marlon Metellus, long jump; Sophomores Neil Aradhya, Keiran Percival, distance; Mauritz Guttromson, James Picucci, pole vault. Freshmen Jacob Danti, Matt Dube, Alex Lampe, distance; Ben Glanville, distance/jumps.

Coach Chris Volante (1st season): “The boys team is well rounded with several athletes covering multiple events. The goal is to stay healthy and compete for the Mid-Wach C title and excel in postseason meets at the state level.”

Littleton

League: Mid-Wach D

Last Year’s Record: 6-0

Senior Captains: Cam McLeod, Jonathan McGurrin, hurdles/jumps; Griffen Copp, throws; Garret Rieden, mid-distance/discus; Adam Reiden, mid-distance/javelin.

Other Returning Letterwinners: Seniors Tyler Castillo, Kyle Gassiraro, sprints; Juniors Niall Copp, hurdles; Evan Cherry, high jump/mid-distance; Spencer Cauoette, mile; Sophomore Bona Bradshaw, Tim Rank, Jay Kang, distance; Mubeshire Bradshaw, pole vault;

Promising Newcomers: Senior Michael Morana, sprints; Junior Arav Arora, high jump/sprints; Freshmen Teddy Hunt, sprints/throws; Devin Gannon, distance.

Coach Casey Kaldenberg (3rd season): “We have lots of seniors returning from the Indoor Div-5 State Championship season and a core of athletes that have been in multiple State Meets, State Tournament of Champions, and Nationals. We look to have a very successful season.”

Lowell

League: Merrimack Valley Conference

Last Year’s Record: 5-1

Returning Letterwinners: Seniors Manny Cano, Tega Nsumei, Oke Onyenwe, Harley Philippe, Steven Thok, throws; Ryan Courtney, Matt Morneau, David Vandi, Q Muth, distance; Shuiab Ibraheem, sprints; Aaron Morris, sprints/jumps; Jaedyn Sim, jumps; Kevin Wahome, pole vault. Juniors Jarlen Arango, distance; Evan Imasogie, sprints/jumps; Larry Oliver, Nick Porter, Nodesnky Vincent, multi; Nathan Perez, Nathaniel Perez, Dante Quiles, sprints; Alex Wahpo, distance; Sophomores Jack Courtney, Victor Duong, distance; Andrew Kieng; Randy Valdez, sprints.

Promising Newcomers: Senior Rama Damacene, jumps; Juniors Daniel Decarvalho, Jonathan Pronh, sprints; Tylor Loyn, pole vault;

Eric Mukibi, hurdles; Sophomores Chris Dube, pole vault; Luis Estrella, throws; Aiden Milinazzo, Bisoka Msafari, sprints; Freshmen Sam Ansah, Anthony Sen, sprints; Antoine Stevens, Lisandro Rodrigues, Emmanuel Trinidad, throws; Raymond Edjejovwo, Jazzy Huertas, Abdul Jalloh, distance; Jethro Jackson, Guerlens Joseph, Joel Njenga, Schneider Pierre, Kai Yin, hurdles; Kelvin Amankwaah, jumps\

Coach Scott Ouellet (1st year, 22nd total): “We are in the process of rebuilding our roster and depth. For outdoor track it has been a tough two years with COVID and as a result this is a very inexperienced team. We do have over 50 combined 9th and 10th graders but hardly any of them have ever been to a track meet so we have a lot to teach them. We also have several new young assistant coaches who are doing a fabulous job bringing this group along. We will be relying on a core of 10-12 elite athletes to carry us in the early part of the season and hopefully we can be peaking by the time we get to the big meets. Our standards and expectations remain high and we will not back down from the challenge. We’re looking forward to our tough schedule and all the opportunities in front of us.”

Nashoba Valley Tech

League: CAC

Last Year’s Record: 6-0 Boys, 2-4 Girls

Senior Captains: Carolyn Dorman, 100M, 200M; Frank Horn 110M, Hurdles, 100M

Other Returning Letterwinners: Senior Randy Delva, 100M, 200M; Junior Jennah Drumm, High Jump, 400 hurdles, 800M; Sophomore Billie Kane, 100M Hurdles, High Jump; Jeremiah Santiago 110M Hurdles, 100M, High Jump, long Jump

Promising Newcomers: Senior Yula Wackell, mile; Freshmen Sam Hesketh, two-Mile, 800M; Lidia Davis, two-mile;

Jesse Daisy, mile.

Season Opener: April 13, against Notre Dame of Tyngsboro.

Bruce Sullivan (7th year): We are hoping to continue our success from last season, as our boys went undefeated in the small school CAC. Our girls team hopes to improve as we are working hard to grow our program. Our numbers are up, and we hope our hard work will translate into success.

Shawsheen Tech

League: Commonwealth Athletic Conference

Last Year’s Record: 4-1

Captains: Seniors Adam Ippolito, distance; Victor Lam; Junior Camerin Camelio, sprints.

Other Returning Letterwinners: Senior Kevin Stevens, distance; Juniors Christian Rainone, sprints; Will Biscan, distance; Sophomores  Zach Rogers, shot put/hurdles; Matt Ramsey, hurdles/long jump; Maximus Boston, high jump.

Promising Newcomers: Juniors Tyler Francois, sprints; Paul Kilfoyle, throws.

Coach Joe Gore (1st season): “We have an abundance of underclassmen and newcomers on our team this year which we are really excited about. With over 100 (combined) kids (including girls) competing this season, we will be leaning on our senior and junior leaders to help get our team ready for competition. Unlike in past years, I don’t think we have dominant talent in specific events; however, I think we have great depth in all events which can help lead us to a successful season.”

Tewksbury

League: Merrimack Valley Conference

Last Year’s Record: 3-1, league co-champs

Captains: Seniors Alek Cranston, distance; Nick Polimeno, mid-distance; Eric Impink, throws; Junior Alex Arbogast, sprints.

Other Returning Letterwinners: Seniors Travis Cohen, sprints; Ben Sharpe, distance; Willow Trodden, hurdles/triple jump. Juniors Elijah Acholonu, Ryan Cuvier, sprints/jumps; Kyle Adams, sprints/throws; Robert Branchaud, Brady Chapman, Clyde Roberts, jr., sprints/long jump; Brandon Contardi, William Humphrey, Shea Moynihan, sprints; Nick DeGloria, Nick DiCioccio, sprints/javelin; Nick Alvarado, Will Eskenas, distance; Alex Naghibi, Anthony Naghibi, shot put; Romyn Lorick, shot put/high jump; Max Mattuchio, throws; Tyler Trodden, long jump/javelin. Sophomores Paul Allen, Colin Hansbury, Ben Piccolo, throws; Erving Aneus, sprints/jumps; Jack Callahan, long jump/pole vault;  Jerry Kerkeland, sprints/jumps; Mario Ruiz, mid-distance; King Shakes, Randy Zackular, sprints.

Promising Newcomers: Freshmen Matthew Beggan, Kallebe Da Silva, Brady McDermott, Manual Mengata, sprints; Dante Dunac, Jaden Maxi, fr., Colby Mengata, sprints/jumps; Sean Carrooll, shot put; Salvatore Catanzano, hurdles/long jump; Evan Festa, Mathan Laboy, Njila Lantum, Deven Ricci and Edison Sok, distance; Mason Veits, sprints/pole vault.

Coach Scott Wilson (2nd season): “Year one was a blast and we definitely overachieved with strong performances from so many. My first goal this year is to win the MVC Small again. I’d like to see us then figure out how to put together a great lineup for the State Relays and maybe surprise some teams. We have a lot of work to do put I’m hoping with all the State Champs on the team they may bring some of that winning attitude with them.”

Tyngsboro

League: Mid-Wach D

Last Year’s Record: 0-5

Senior Captains: Bryan De Souza, throws; Max Gregoire, distance; Dylan Hunt, sprints/jumps.

Other Returning Letterwinners: Seniors Siddh Bhagat, distance; Nicholas Borrello, hurdles/distance; Juniors Jack Gramer, Mohammed Aldulaimy, Kishan N. Patel, Colin Riley, distance; Vibol Chiemuom, sprints/throws; Aiden Michalek, sprints/long jump; Sophomores Alex Panneton, Nolan McMenamy, distance; Arun Chiemruom, sprints/long jump; Kyle Griffiths, throws; Michael Looney, sprints/long jump/shot put; Freshmen Cedric Sow, hurdles, high jump; Campbell Wood, sprints/jumps; Sean Culver, Quentyn King, Keith Mujabi, sprints/hurdles.

Promising Newcomers: Senior Angelos Boules, sprints/jumps; Junior Danny Butler, throws; Sophomore Yousif Mather, throws; Freshmen Brady Deschenes, Johnathan Mantzoufas, sprints/jumps; 8th graders Nickolas Abel, Brian Abreu, Edwin Akwaboah, Joseph Nguyen, Tita Njah, Kweko Ofosuhene, Xavienh Quinones, Christian Riley, Jacob Riley, Nicholas Smith, sprints/jumps; Giovanni Vidal, sprints; Lucas Picanco, Chase Provencher, sprints/javelin; Cooper Blackwood, Andrew Fahey, Neil Patel, distance; Jacob Dorant, Troy Gregoire, Jaden Merwin, throws.

Coach Steve Bellrose (6th season): “We are excited to have a large group of newcomers to compliment a hard-working, dedicated, returning group of upperclassmen, with several standouts. Our goal this year as a team is to work hard, have fun, and get better every day.”

Westford Academy

League: Dual County League

Last Year’s Record: 3-2

Senior Captains: AJ Chiappetta, Zach Freyman, distance; Peter McGinn, Brennan Moses, sprints; Chris Porter, multi.

Other Returning Letterwinners: Juniors Austin Desisto, Owen Schultz, mid-distance; Josh Forty, Henry Arnolds, jumps; Dan Ottesen, distance; Nate Anderson, Devesh Khamitkar, sprints; Sophomores Paul Bergeron, Davis Haines, Adam Wedlake, distance; Ryan Demars, jumps.

Promising Newcomers: Juniors Jerry Joyce, Anthony Rudiman, sprints; Jack Sullivan, sprints/throws; Sophomores Trent Bookings, sprints; Jonathan Smith, sprints/throws; Freshmen Nathan Dubay, Soorya Govarthanaraj, Jack Graffeo, distance; Gavi Guo, Zayden Yong, sprints.

Coach Phil Archambault (27th season): “We are looking forward to a full strong season of competition. there is a great deal of tough teams in the Dual County and we are excited for the challenge.”

Wilmington

League: Middlesex League Freedom Division

Last Year’s Record: 4-1

Senior Captains: Jeandre Abel, Willie Stuart, sprints/jumps; John Ware, javelin,/hurdles; Jack Melanson, throws.

Other Returning Letterwinners: Seniors Luka Smiljic, jumps; Jack Spencer, Liam Lydon, throws; Evan Shackelford, mid-distance; Joe Demoura, sprints/jumps; Nick Dinatale, throws/mid-distance. Juniors Roman Moretti, Christian Niceforo, distance; Nick Atwater, mid-distance; Tyler Sheehan, Lucas Gorham, Braden Huddleston, throws; Jon Magliozzi, Noah Carriere, John McNamara, sprints/jumps; Cooper Loisel, throws/sprints; Sophomore Jameson Burns, distance.

Promising Newcomers: Seniors Michael Money, Olubumni Olatilu, throws; Juniors: Tyler Nguyen, mid-distance; Brayden Gorski, distance.

Sophomores Sean Patrone, jumps; Hunter Sands, Charlie Rosa, sprints/jumps; Ben Marvin, hurdles/jumps; Aidan Burke, pole vault/hurdles; Michael Oatis, distance.

Coach Mike Kinney (12th season): “We lost a talented group of seniors from last year; however we have a some very talented individuals with high expectations, led by Abel, Stuart, Melanson and Ware. With 70 athletes on the team, we should have some pretty good depth and competition for varsity spots. We should be very competitive and as always, we need to be perform exceptionally well to challenge perennial powerhouses Burlington and Wakefield. Our best events will be the sprints, jumps, hurdles, and the throws. We are young in the distance and the mid-distance events. Overall, the commitment and positive attitude of the entire team has been great. We should see progress and improvement throughout the season and hopefully peak as the postseason starts.”

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Pelham

League: New Hampshire Division 2

Returning Letterwinners: Seniors Nik Snyder, Brayden Chueng, sprints; Brandon D’Amour, hurdles; Josh Parent, pole vault. Juniors Abby O’Leary, shot put; Chloe Crear, hurdles; Emma Gettings, discus. Sophomores Reese Nicolosi, Elise Sullivan, sprints.

Promising Newcomers: Senior Lex Chausse, multi. Freshmen Colby Crear, multi; Nathan Migliore, hurdles; Junior MacKinnon, long jump; Sam Tetreault, sprints.

Coach Brandon Hannon (5th season): “We are a much stronger team this season. For the first time in seven years Pelham has been able to fill athletes in almost all events. This will help us moving forward to our goal of an overall team state title in next couple of years.”

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