Oceanside, Camden Hills, Medomak Valley athletes ready to roll
Rockland — The following is a synopsis of the 2013-14 Oceanside High School indoor track team, which also includes independents from Camden Hills and Medomak Valley:
Coach/years coached current team: Jesse Bartke, sixth year.
Last year's record/playoff information: The Mariner girls finished third (73 points) at the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B championships and 17th (7 points) at the state Class B championships. The Mariner boys finished eighth (15 points) at the KVAC Class B championships and did not score as a team at the state Class B championships.
Roster: Seniors Ben Young (distance), Abby Hersom (distance), Cole Chase (distance), James Nguyen (throws), Sam Calamari (sprints), Jeb Fontaine (sprints), John Ferguson (distance), Anthony Dayboch (sprints) and Bronson Philbrook (throws); juniors Riley Simmons (distance), Henry Berry (sprints, jumps) and Rebecca Akselsen (throws); sophomores Michaela Wright (sprints), Daly Winterich (sprints), Laken Fournier (sprints), Phil Atwood (distance), Kalie McGuirl (sprints) and Kelsea Oakes-Boynton (throws); and freshmen Dylan Reese (sprints), Emily Davis (distance) and Sadie Thomoson (sprints).
Independent competitors from Camden Hills include seniors Ben Trapani (distance), Brittany Bowman (distance) and Josh Heanssler (sprints, middle-distance); sophomore Melissa Kessel (hurdles, sprints); and freshmen Emily Kessel (distance) and Caleb Love-Webb (distance).
Independent competitors from Medomak Valley include seniors Ethan Moran (hurdles, middle distance) and Amanda Young (sprints, jumps); and juniors Nicole Nicholls (jumps, sprints) and J.P. Lobley (jumps, sprints).
Known graduation losses: Sam Johnson and Renee Landry of Oceanside. Also Desiree Leary and Taylor Packard of Medomak Valley.
Significant impact players: Hersom and Spear of Oceanside; Nicholls and Young of Medomak Valley; and Bowman, Trapani and Melissa Kessel of Camden Hills.
Team strengths: Strength and motivation.
Team goals: To improve with each meet and get as many athletes as possible to qualify for the KVAC and state competitions.
Top league opponents: Waterville, Winslow and Erskine Academy of South China.
Outlook: “This is a very strong group representing three Midcoast schools,” said Bartke. “We have several athletes that can compete for conference and state championships. We will look to slowly improve with each week and get as many athletes into KVACs and states. The focus and determination of this group is second to none.”