Edward Little outdoor track and field 2017 preview

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Coach: Rebecca Hefty (second year).

Class: A; Conference: Kennebec Valley.

Last year’s results: Boys: KVAC runner-up. Girls: KVAC champion.

Returning athletes: Boys: Seniors — Barrak Abdraba, Max Giard, Zion Gurney, Owen Mower; Juniors — Russell Allen, Alex Thompson, Curtis Ouellette, Connor Jackson; Sophomores — Jeremy Carter, Michael Gary,, Oliver Hall,, Matt Syphers,, Brendan Whitman, Reece Rodrique. Girls: Seniors — Victoria Beliveau, Jazmin Breton, Maggie Chirayath, Britanee Nouchanthavong, Hannah Stauffer, Kaylie Valle; Junior — Lauren Berube; Sophomores — Grace Fontaine, Kiara Fournier, Jillian Richardson, Sofia Hartley.

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Key losses: Boys: Cole Butler, Zach Copland, Spencer Dunn, Jacob Gamache, Justin Gendell, Abdullah Jashaami. Girls: Anna Beaudet, Katie Ferrara, Ashleigh Jackson, Morgan Knowlton, Kailey Norcross.

Promising newcomers: Boys: Senior — Koby Stang; Juniors — Tyler Robinson,Reuben Tripp,Oliver Sabin; Sophomore — Abdi Nur; Freshmen — Ben Strong, Ben Hallett. Girls: Freshmen — Julia Berube, Olivia Jalbert, Kayleigh LeClerc, Hannah Roy, Bianca Tripp.

Season outlook: The Edward Little girls’ team will be impacted by the loss of five key scorers from the 2016 season. Many newcomers will be counted on as contributors, along with senior leaders Britanee Nouchonthavong, Kaylie Vallee, Maggie Chirayath and Victoria Beliveau. One of the boys’ team’s strengths will be the number of athletes who can contribute, led by seniors Owen Mower and Zion Gurney.

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