Oxford Hills outdoor track and field 2017 preview


Coach: Boys: Nate Danforth (14th year); Girls: Luc Roy (ninth year).

Class: A; Conference: Kennebec Valley.

Returning athletes: Seniors — John Bowen (jumps/sprints), Jacob Striegel (sprints), Logan Halle (distance), Zane Dustin (distance/sprints), Riley Gates (distance); Juniors — Dawson Stevens (throws/sprints), Talon Medeiros (throws), Cameron Bancroft (distance), Will Eshelman (sprints), Dominic Sclafani (distance); Sophomores — Silias Gordan (jumps/sprints), Kyle Willette (distance). Girls: Seniors — Sarah Annance (throws), Julyan West (throws), Autumn Dennison (sprints), Paula Cruz (sprints), Chasity Pike-Rainy (distance), Brenna McNeil (distance), Caitlyn Riggott (middle distance/jumps), Kelsey Riggott (middle distance/jumps), Marie Martin (middle distance); Juniors — Madison Bangs, Erin Childs, Gina Colley, Maighread Laliberte, Jazlynn Newcomb, Lindsey Roberts; Sophomores —Jadah Adams, Meeka Dall, Halle James, Sydney Lisowski, Saige McGinnis, Emily Foss.

Key losses: Boys: Caleb Jewell, Gunner Docos, Dimitrious DiBiase. Girls: McKayla Marois, Carina Sclafani.

Promising newcomers: Seniors — Matt Laroche (sprints), Lucan Haviland (distance), Dan Boughter (distance); Freshman — Benjamin Mondor (distance). Girls: Seniors — Sophia Hanscom, Viola Medici, Elena Panizzi; Junior — Emily Smith; Freshmen — Rachel Chase, Abbie Cassidy, Kate Bowen.

Season outlook: The boys’ team is still young, but Danforth said it is led by a group of hard-working seniors. The boys’ focus will be on improvement and achieving personal records. Roy said the girls have a strong team with many new faces, and that numbers are up.