2016 high school girls track preview
Coach: Jim Buffoni, 21st season
Key returnees: Celene Koperek, senior; Brooke DiGennaro, freshman; Hayley Shook, freshman; Katie Toomey, senior
Outlook: The Drury girls are lighter on numbers this season, but the Blue Devils still have athletes that can score points in meets. Seniors Olivia Carlson and Katie Toomey bring experience in field events, and Drury has four capable javelin throwers in Laura Thomas, Ashton Goyette – a transfer to Drury this year – Nikki Crews and Kelly Therrian.
Senior Celene Koperek will figure into the middle distance runs, and freshman Brooke DiGennaro will run distance events for Drury. Another freshman, Hayley Shook, will run in the hurdles.
Coach: Dayne Poirot, 1st season
Key returnees: Jamie Barthe, freshman; Kayla Garabedian, freshman; Maddie Vigna, junior; Carah Cote, junior
Outlook: Coach Poirot's first season as the head coach sees the Hurricanes with a lot of new athletes to the sport but enough returnees to be competitive in the county.
Freshman Jamie Barthe is coming off a strong cross country season and will run the distance events for the Hurricanes, and fellow freshman Kayla Garabedian can score points in the sprints, hurdles and the jumping pit.
Junior Maddie Vigna looks to be the strongest sprinter on the team, and classmate Carah Cote will run the middle distance events in meets. Along with Barthe, Maya Corkins will run in the distance events. Lindsey Hubbard will be competitive in the 800 and the high jump.
Coach: Jeanne Teasdale, 13th season
Key returnees: Emily Tibbetts, senior; Emma Jourdain, junior; Shannon Meisberger, junior; Maggie Sorrentino, freshman
Outlook: Once again, Lenox's strength lies in its distance runners. The Millionaires return their core four runners that were on the state-qualifying 4x800-meter relay team in Emma Jourdain, Emily Tibbetts, Maggie Sorrentino and Alice Najimy, and all four will mix into the individual distance events. Nicole Gamberoni, a freshman, will also run the two mile race for Lenox.
Around them, Shannon Meisberger is a four-event workhorse, and can run either hurdles race while also competing in the long jump and high jump. Tova Brown is the strongest sprinter on the team and will run the 100 and 200 while also competing in the long jump. The Millionaires are looking for newcomers to step up in the throwing events.
Coach: Ted Collins, 6th season
Key returnees: Paige Gray, senior; Allison Kinne, junior; Delanie Rybacki, junior; Halle Hassett, junior
Outlook: Monument Mountain brings back a strong core of athletes to lead the way in 2016.
Paige Gray will be a big point scorer for the Spartans in the field events, specifically the javelin and the shot put. Around her, Monument has a group of girls that can score points in a variety of events. Allison Kinne will run the 400 hurdles and 100 sprint, Delanie Rybacki can score points in the high jump, triple jump and 100 hurdles, and Halle Hassett will also do the triple jump and high jump, and will run the 800.
Hannah Flynn will hold down the middle distance events, and Zufan Bazzano can compete in a variety of events, from the 400 hurdles to the javelin. Two freshmen to watch for are Aubrey Blanchard and Mary Powell. Both will run middle distance events and can also compete in throwing events or in the jumps.
Coach: Brian Gill, 19th season
Key returnees: Elizabeth Bernardy, senior; Julia Szczepaniak, senior; Madi Albert, freshman; Margo Smith, freshman
Outlook: The Mounties return a solid mix of upperclassmen and young kids for the upcoming season. Greylock will have a core of seniors to rely on in Elizabeth Bernardy (throws), Maeve Shine (sprints), Julia Szczepaniak (sprints, jumps) and Bailee Duquette (throws). Senior Melissa Swann also returns after a year away from the sport
Dagny Albano (throws), Serena Chow (sprints, jumps) and Sidney Gurek (hurdles, jumps) also bring experience back to the Mounties. Underclassmen include freshmen Madi Albert and Margo Smith, two talented distance runners, will also score points for Greylock this season. One newcomer to watch for is Madison Ross, a sprinter that has already found herself atop the results list in early-season meets.
Coach: Stephanie Ambrose
Key returnees: Shelia Atiemo, senior; Jamie McMahon, senior; Molly Tierney, sophomore; Olivia Nda, sophomore
Outlook: The Generals have a strong core of athletes that will make individual pushes for postseason slots this year. Senior Shelia Atiemo is back as a thrower for Pittsfield, with her strength coming in the shot put and the discus. Senior Jamie McMahon can run either the 200 or the 400 for Pittsfield, and sophomore Molly Tierney returns after breaking the school's 400 hurdle record last year. She can compete in either of the hurdles events. Another sophomore, Olivia Nda, is a capable short-distance sprinter and will participate in some of the jumping events. Sadie Supranowicz is another strong sprinter for the Generals, in either the 100 or as part of the 4x100 team including Tierney and Nda.
Coach: Paul Phelps, 1st season
Key returnees: Anita Curtin, senior; Gianna Paris, junior; Julia Kalinowski, junior; Emma Cookis, sophomore
Outlook: The Braves have a healthy roster size of 40 girls, but over half are freshmen and sophomores. First-year coach Paul Phelps said a lot of his lineup is fluid at the moment, but there are a handful of girls with defined roles.
Senior Anita Curtin is the distance runner for the Braves, and junior Gianna Paris can run the short-distance sprints from the 100-meter dash up to the 400. Julia Kalinowski also returns as a thrower for the Braves. Sophomore Emma Cookis will compete in the hurdles and in the high jump.
Freshman Lily Lobovits will be a young name to watch in the throwing events.
Coach: Jeff Pike, 5th season
Key returnees: Gianna Moncecchi, senior; Lily Pudlo, junior; Adren McKnight, sophomore; Aussi Graham, senior
Outlook: The Warriors were hit hard by graduation last year, but have a roster 50-girls deep for 2016. At the very top of the roster, Wahconah has a handful of girls that can score points in dual meets and make waves in postseason competition. Gianna Moncecchi will hold down the hurdles for Wahconah and will also compete in the long jump. Senior Aussi Graham is a talented javelin thrower, and sophomore Arden McKnight will compete in the middle distance events for Wahconah.
Junior Lily Pudlo will compete in the long and triple jumps, along with the 400 and occasionally the 800. Pudlo is also a candidate to compete in the Western Mass. heptathlon event.
Brandy Gianciracusa will throw the javelin this year after sitting out 2015 with an injury, and Hannah Ciepiela will also figure into the throwing events for Wahconah.
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