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Girls Cross Country Preview Capsules

September 9, 2018

Lowell High School's returning senior class for the girls cross country team includes (from left) Hannah McAnespie, Lindsey Ahern, Sarah Meehan, Audiya Thach, Zil Bhagat and Annie Rizos. COURTESY PHOTOS Sun staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site.

ACADEMY OF NOTRE DAME

League: CAC

Last Year’s Record: 5-5

Key Losses: Eileen Leach

Captains: Annabelle Fandozzi, sr., Victoria Bradley, sr., Molly Berard, jr.

Other Returning Letterwinners: Sydney Bradley, soph.; Ishani Patel, soph.; Kate Conrad, soph.; Rose Strobel, soph.

Promising Newcomers: Linsey Former, sr.; Rachel Deshaies, jr.

Coach Danielle Crawford (2nd year): “This year I will be looking for my younger girls to take a leap forward and compete the way they were at the end of last season. We are stronger and more experienced. This group is hard-working and motivated to reach their potential. I am looking forward to another great year.

ALVIRNE

League: N.H. Division 1

Last Year’s Record: 7th at D1 Meet; 10th at Meet of Champions

Key Losses: Jenna Bradish

Captains: Jess Fontaine, sr.; Kelly Lavoie, sr.

Other Returning Letterwinners: Ella Simpson, jr.; Dominique Milinazzo, sr.

Promising Newcomers: Emily Kliner, sr., Spandana Machavarupa, fr.; Molly Macklin, fr.; Alex Suppa, fr.

Coach Colleen Currier (1st season): “With such a small team, we are hoping for several strong individual performances.”

BILLERICA

League: MVC

Last Year’s Record: 8-2; 3rd place D2 State meet; 7th place All-States

Key Losses: Sarah Burns, Sophia Green

Captains: MacKenzie Lelievre, sr.; Sam Maffeo, sr.; Kate Sjostedt, sr.; Alie Thurlow, sr.

Other Returning Letterwinners: Hannah Doherty, jr.; Nicole Anderson, jr.; Deidra Anderson, jr.; Sydney Diorio, jr.; Kayley Mace, jr.; Danielle Sullivan, sr.

Promising Newcomers: Danielle Rohnstock, soph.; Jill Capraro, jr.

Coach Cullen Hagan (14th year): “We have a group that is really excited for this season. We have some very strong leaders who have invested a lot of time to be prepared for the season and will be great examples for our younger athletes. Our boys and girls team are combined this season and coach Sydney Fitzpatrick and I are really happy to have Scott Arsenault and Shaun Corum join the staff.”

CHELMSFORD

League: MVC

Key Losses: Colleen Tubridy, Abigail Morrissey

Captains: Esha Mukherjee, sr.; Cathleen Cassels, sr.

Other Returning Letterwinners: Anna Quibach, sr.; Hannah Brasiaiu, sr.; Sonya Voloboi, soph; Julianne Clark, soph.

Promising Newcomers: Niya Shroff, soph.; Sarah Poor, fr.

Coach Karen Blagg (2nd season): “I am excited to get this season off to a strong start. The girls are working extremely hard (despite the heat!) and are ready to compete.”

DRACUT

League: MVC

Last Year’s Record: 9-0-1

Key Losses: Emma Doherty

Captain: Elizabeth Gacek, sr.

Other Returning Letterwinner: Nikki Andersson, jr.

Promising Newcomers: Nadia Cathcart, sr.; Paige Johnson, 8th grade.

Coach Erik Taber (8th season): “This year’s team is returning some great, experienced runners. We have a couple new additions that have come in and provided a great spark for the program. Under (captain) Elizabeth Gacek’s leadership, the girls have had a great summer of work and are ready to roll as the season kicks off. I’m looking forward to seeing how the girls progress as the season goes on.”

GROTON-DUNSTABLE

League: Mid-Wach B

Key Losses: Emily Willson, Allie Demers, Meagan Odell, Sarah Mullins

Captains: Julianna Higgins, sr.; Sarah Maple, sr.

Other Returning Letterwinners: Sydney Adams, soph.; Brenna Cox, sr.; Audrey Gold, jr.; Maggie Wickham, sr.; Claire Puranananda, jr.; Mia Garibotto, jr.

Promising Newcomers: Kimmie Harding, fr.; Madeline Prechtl, fr.

Coach Colleen Naboicheck (11th year): “I expect this team to carry on our winning tradition. Although we graduated three top runners we will be led by experienced talented runners and promising newcomers.”

LITTLETON

League: Mid Wach D

Last Year’s record: 8-0; League and CMass champions; 6th at D2 States

Key Losses: Jo Feltus, Camille Sawosik.

Captains: Sarah Roffman, sr.; Kaitlyn Roffman, sr.

Other Returning Letterwinners: Calli Morvay, soph.; Rachel Boyer, fr.; Hannah Orton, jr.; Caitlin Feltus, jr.

Promising Newcomers: McKenzie Clark, jr.; Riley Clark, fr. (transfers from Tewksbury).

Coach Marc Saucier (8th year): “Despite losing Jo and Camille to graduation I thought we still had a chance of having a good year with the way the younger girls were running at the end of last season. However the running gods smiled on us when McKenzie and Riley Clark moved into Littleton from Tewksbury. If everyone stays healthy we have a good chance of doing as well or better than last year.”

LOWELL

League: MVC

Last Year’s Record: 7-3; League and D1 State champions

Key Losses: Olivia Sheffield, Maria Marques, Lyndsey McMahon, Jazlyn Gilkes, Valentina Espinosa-Gil.

Returning Letterwinners: Lindsay Ahern, sr.; Annie Rizos, sr.; Sarah Meehan, sr.; Xil Bhagat, sr.; Hannah McAnespie, sr.; Slap Mirambeaux, jr.; Sarah Ames, soph.; Erin McCabe, soph.; Anna Woodlock, soph.; Madison Morneau, soph.; Kalei Sam, soph.

Promising Newcomers: Audiya Thach, sr.; Kimesha Lewis, sr.; Rebecca Cavalcanti, sr.; Noelia Castenda, jr.; Anna Azevedo, soph.; Gracy Patel, soph.; Keya Patel, soph.; Krishna Patel, soph.; Morgan Bilodeau, fr.

Coach MaryBeth McKenney-Finn (21st year): “I’m looking forward to another cross-country season, working with an enthusiastic and hard working group. We have some holes to fill after graduating some key seniors, but I’m confident of the work put in with the current returnees. As always, we take one meet at a time and hope to do well in the championship meets.”

PELHAM

League: N.H. Division 2

Key Losses: Caroline Joncas, Hannah Flynn, Kaitlyn LaFortune, Mia Herrling

Captain: Kylie Harrington, soph.

Other Returning Letterwinners: Paige Hurst, soph.; Ally Chea, soph.; Reka Ivanyi, soph.

Coach Steve Charbonneau (5th year): “We are hoping to continue to improve with last year’s strong freshman class now sophomores.”

SHAWSHEEN TECH

League: CAC

Last Year’s Record: 9-2; 2nd CAC and State Vocational meets

Key Losses: Jackie Broderick, Alesha Talbot

Captains: Ivana Wisky, sr.; Alex DiPerri, sr.

Other Returning Letterwinners: Hayleigh Perry, sr.; Kelley DeLosh, soph.; Rachael Halas, soph.; Jenna Johnson, soph.

Promising Newcomers: Emily Morris, sr.; Jessica Stevens, jr.; Emily Dagenias, fr.; Madison Valente, fr.

Coach Patrick Kelly (4th season): “We have a lot of retuning runners and hope to be as successful as last year. Our veterans are a great group of girls and I’m sure they will make this a fun and memorable season.”

TEWKSBURY

League: MVC

Last Year’s Record: 10-0, MVC and D3 State champions; 3rd at All-States

Key Losses: Rachel Sessa, Holly O’Leary, Meghan Ostertag, Lily Robinson, McKenzie Clark.

Captains: Devyn Veits, sr.; Grace Higgins, sr.

Other Returning Letterwinners: Makayla Paige, soph.; Erin Sands, soph.

Promising Newcomers: Isabelle Carleton, soph., (transfer from Central Catholic)

Coach Peter Molloy (17th year): “Most of last year’s roster was gutted due to graduation, injury, or moving, so we’ll be doing our best to put the pieces back together. We’ve got three very solid runners so we’ll be in a lot of meets. We’ve had excellent leadership from our seniors, especially the girls who were not selected as captains, and they have made the start of the season a wonderful experience for all involved.”

TYNGSBORO

League: Mid-Wach

Last Year’s Record: 4-0, League champs; 3rd at CMass meet; 10th at All-States

Captains: Sophia Campbell, sr.; Lindsey Panneton, jr.

Other Returning Letterwinners: Jenna Parent, jr.; Julie Vincent, soph.; Emilia Hinde, soph.; Naama Perliger, soph.; Sophia Lundberg, fr.; Emma Duarte, fr.; Emma Hartigan, fr.; Ella Campbell, fr.

Promising Newcomers: Emma Angelo, fr.; Marissa Wonson, sr.; Erin O’Brien, sr.; Kayla Borges, 8th.

Coach Keith O’Brien (18th year): “We are hopeful for a successful 2018 season.”

WESTFORD ACADEMY

League: Dual County

Last Year’s Record: 0-4

Captains: Madeline Jones, sr.; Olivia Lohmeier, sr.; Elizabeth McKenzie, jr.

Other Returning Letterwinners: Jessica Chevalier, jr.; Amanda Chevalier, jr.; Carrie Turcotte, jr.; Shauna Lu, jr.

Promising Newcomers: Caroline Gabrielson, sr.; Jane Edison, fr.; Kendall Donovan, fr.; Julia Chaisson, fr.

Coach Phil Archambault (1st season): “This year’s team has excellent leadership and a good mix of returners and new exciting athletes. We are looking forward to a great season and a very competitive DCL.”

WILMINGTON

League: Middlesex

Last Year’s Record: 0-7

Returning Letterwinners: Sam Burke, jr.; Amie Russell, sr., Allie Jordan, jr.; Angie Ciampa, fr.

Promising Newcomers: Gianna Misuraca, jr.; Emma Garrity, sr.

Coach Brian Schell (4th season): “I told the girls at the end of last year that my big goal was to have our first winning season in over six years (in 2018) and we have the talent to do so. It’s going to take a while to get back to where we were at the end of last season. They have done it before so we can do it again and then some.”

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