Spruce Mountain outdoor track and field 2017 preview

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Coaches: Bill Biliouris, Jane DiPompo, Kelsey Biliouris.

Class: B; Conference: Kennebec Valley.

Returning athletes: Boys: Juniors — Austin White, Tucker Smith, Gage Kneeland, Nate Frost, Mike Dyke, Jason Howes, Logan Howes, Hunter Baker, Hunter Walker; Sophomores — Hunter Quirrion, Zak Toothaker, Josh Stewart, Garrett Smith, Bryce Chavez. Girls: Seniors — Emma DiPompo, Sadie Storer; Juniors — Kiarra Richards, Mikenzie Parker, Alexis Beardsley, Anneka Dubord; Sophomores — Avery Williams, Ashlyn Williams, Emily White.

Key losses: Boys: Ethan Dow, Chad Richards, Hunter Walker; Girls: Calleigh Norris.

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Promising newcomers: Boys: Junior — Evan Dawson; Sophomores — Zacarhy Lee, Jacob Richard; Freshmen — Jakob Nichols, Brenden Frey, Brandon Coates, Evan Dow, Nathan Castonguay. Girls: Juniors — Hanna St. Pierre, Jan-Nay Learned, Morgan Dalton, Caitlyn Chaousis, Cecelia McDonald, Diavana LaSuer, Harmony Castonguay; Sophomore — Kaitlyn Mason; Freshmen — Kassidy Thompson, Riley Gray, Isabelle Castonguay.

Season outlook: The Phoenix have a small senior class and are an overall young team, but have a strong nucleus of juniors and sophomores. The bulk of their experience is in the sprints, jumps and racewalk. The throw team, led by Howes, Baker, Frost and Parker, is expecting improvements from last year. The coaching staff said the team progressed well in the preseason despite the weather.

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