Gray-New Gloucester outdoor track and field 2017 preview

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Coach: Boys: Todd Mercer (10th year); Girls: Mike Griffin (second year).

Class: B; Conference: Western Maine.

Last year’s results: Girls: WMC Division II champion, several state medalists.

Returning athletes: Boys: Andrew Peterson, Seth Levier (hurdles), Trent Dexter (pole vault), Sam Aube (middle distance), Nathan Gendreau (pole vault), Logan Nickerson, Ethan Ray, Parker Morse, Jaykob Sanborn (jumps), Jeremiah Gendreau (jumps/relays). Girls: Seniors — Emma MacCallum (throws), Phoebe Stritch (throws); Juniors — Emily Brewer (throws), Jaley Martin (sprints), Eliza Larrivee (sprints); Sophomores — Megan Reynolds (throws), Madie Post (throws/sprints), Erica Schlichting (middle distance), Abbey Chandler (middle distance).

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Key losses: Boys: Ben Garcia, Zack Haskell.

Promising newcomers: Boys: Joe Gurney (throws), Matt Cote (throws); Girls: Freshmen — Alison MacDonald (middle distance), Maddie Garcia (middle distance).

Season outlook: The Patriots’ girls’ team is coming off a successful season, including a conference title, and returns an accomplished veteran group with state success at indoor and outdoor championships. With those returners and an infusion of freshman and sophomore talent included among the nearly 50-strong roster, the Gray-NG girls should be solid in all areas — throws, jumps, sprints and distance running. Mercer says the boys team has “interesting potential.” From relays to jumps to hurdles to distance, the Patriots have a chance to be competitive at the conference meet, if, Mercer said, they are willing to put in the work. A pair of track newcomers, Matt Cote and Joe Gurney, give the boys’ team to have success in throwing events similar to that which the girls’ team has enjoyed over the years.

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