Lewiston outdoor track and field 2017 preview

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Coach: Paul Soracco (third year).

Class: A; Conference: Kennebec Valley.

Last year’s results: Boys: Third in KVAC Class A, seventh at state meet. Girls: Runner-up at state meet and in KVAC Class A.

Returning athletes: Boys: Seniors — Abshir Abukar (hurdles/middle distance), Keyshawn Green (throws), Joseph Kalilwa (sprints), Aden Mohamed (distance), Hassan Mohamed (hurdles/sprints), Ben Musese (horizontal jumps/400), Ethan Solis (sprints); Juniors — Abbas Muktar, Davion Jackson, Ryan Marley, Connor Kaplinger; Sophomores — Asad Abukar, Enock Citenga, Michail Harris, Lucas Nichols, Nick Roy. Girls: Seniors — Kayla Allen (racewalk), McKayla Ball (sprints), Jazzy Dumas (high jump/400), Jenny Martin (hurdles/sprints), Ifrah Hassan (sprints); Juniors — Taylor Chamberlain (high jump/sprints); Sophomores — Zaid Teklu, Maria Bellegarde, Brooke Cloutier.

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Key losses: Girls: Osman Doorow, Stefan Porter, Isaac Escobar. Girls: Adela Kalilwa, Mersadie Dulac.

Promising newcomers: Boys: Warsame Ali, Daniel Chizmar, Tyler Freeman, Bilal Hersi, Jeremiah Williams. Girls: Ubah Aliyou, Chelsea Beaudry, Juliet Bolduc, Laila Bunnitt.

Season outlook: The boys are coming off a fifth-place showing at the Class A state indoor track meet. They are rebuilding in a few areas, but have nice talent in the relays, hurdles, sprints, middle distance running and horizontal jumps. With several seniors, the Lewiston boys should have a solid, competitive season. The girls are balanced with proven talent in the sprints, jumps, hurdles and relays. They anticipate having more depth in the throwing and distance events.

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