Winthrop outdoor track and field 2017 preview

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Coaches: Ed Van Tassel (11th year) and Cam Fecteau (fourth year).

Class: C; Conference: Mountain Valley.

Last year’s results: Boys: Sixth in MVC. Girls: Seventh in MVC.

Returning athletes: Boys: Seniors — Scottie Dunn (jump/hurdles), Andrew Pazdziorko (sprints), Nate Scott (sprints); Juniors — Nate St. Pierre (middle distance), Jack Caprara (throws), Vincent Scott (distance), Luke St. Hilaire (throws); Sophomores — Andrew Frost (middle distance), Keegan Gruver (sprints/throws), Ricky Henry (middle distance). Girls: Juniors — Kinli Dibiase (jumps), Sierra Huff (hurdles), Hannah McLaughlin (jumps), Sam Moody (middle distance), Kelly Stratton (distance), Liz Ward (throws); Sophomores — Elle Blanchard (throws), Jillian Taylor (middle distance).

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Key losses: Boys: Will Vance, Dustin Tripp, Brendon Dunn, Ben Ames. Girls: Tia Muzima, Jada Choate, Emma Conrad, Julie McConnell, Alison Berube.

Promising newcomers: Boys: Seniors — Michael Brown, Owen Lattin, Cody Machado, Jasper Williams; Sophomores — Bailey Baxter, Dylan Boynton, Nate Leblanc, Michael Morales, Cam Wood; Freshmen — Gavin Brill, Liam Callahan, Beau Schmelzer, Jevin Smith, Chase Wright, Harland Frake, Zak St. Germain, Adam Charest. Girls: Senior — Shie Smith; Junior — Portia Hardy; Freshmen — Gia Francis, Jillian Schmelzer, Aaliyah Wilson-Falcone, Madison Corgan, Maya Deming.

Season outlook: Both teams aim to put in quality work throughout the season and focus on improving. Van Tassel said that if the Ramblers take care of business in practice then the meet results will take care of themselves.

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