The following is a synopsis of the 2013 Medomak Valley High School boys and girls outdoor track-and-field teams:

Coach/years coached current team: George Gould (girls), 17 years; and Jake Newcomb (boys), five years.

Last year's record/playoff information: The Panther boys finished fourth (50 points) in the state Class B championships and second (89 points) in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B championships. The Panther girls finished 24th (2 points) in the state Class B championships and fifth (36 points) in the league championships.

Roster: The boys include seniors Nick Anderson (distance, javelin), Kyle Derby (throws), T.J. Harriman (throws, hurdles), Jonathan Hendrickson-Belloguet (sprints, jumps), Isaiah Timberlake (racewalk), Ivan Johnson (distance), Boone Olson (sprints, jumps), Taylor Packard (800), Devon Sproul (sprints, high jump), Mark Sweet (distance), Vinny Vannah (sprints) and Tyler Wilson (hurdles); juniors Xander Casas (distance), Ryan Economy (jumps, sprints), Clarence Porter (throws), Mike Prescott (javelin) and Ben Rawstron (sprints, javelin); sophomores Gavin Felch (distance, jumps), Alex Kenniston (distance), J.P. Lobley (jumps, sprints), Luke Noonan (jumps, sprints), Cyril Miller (throws, sprints), Ethan Morin (hurdles), John Ruiz (distance) and Nick York (throws); and freshmen Daniel Bubar (distance), Robert Cole (throws), Andrew Cronk (throws), Jason Derby (throws), Austin Eugley (jumps, sprints), David Herron (sprints, jumps), Christian Hoch (sprints, jumps), Devan Hooper (racewalk), Tim Jerome, Duncan MacLeod (throws), Drew Maguire (jumps, throws), Deagan Poland (sprints, hurdles), Tucker Prescott (distance) and Zach Starr (sprints, jumps).

The girls include seniors Emily Leach (javelin, middle distance), Abbie Vail (discus, middle distance), Elise Wallace (long jump, 400, relays), Desiree Leary (400, relays), Ariele Rancourt (field events), Jessica Prescott (discus, relays), Catherine Brassard (field events) and Melissa Philbrook (field events, relays); juniors Amanda Young (sprinter, 4×100 relay) and Shannon Staples (distance, high jump); sophomores Lexi Genthner (long jump, relays), Nicole Nicholls (high jump, sprints, relays), Ashlee Wilson (high jumps, sprints, relays), Monica Pallota (200, shot put), Beth Corson (400, mile) and Jordan Moore (discus, middle distance); and freshmen Jill van der Schaaf (distance, relays), Krista Hooper (sprints), Rayanne Leach (distance), Annebelle Bouchard (field events), Emylee Leary (field events), Cassie Dever (high jump, sprints), Amanda Poland (racewalk, high jump), Jasmine Ramos (sprints, 100 hurdles), Gabby Ruano (field events) and Samantha Fowles (manager).

Outlook: On the boys side, Hendrickson-Belloguet could be a "point machine" this season, said Newcomb, as the senior has a preseason number one ranking in the 100 meters, 200 meters and the triple jump and also will take up the long jump this year. Vannah, Sproul and Olson figure to be among the top performers on the team among sprinters, while Starr, a freshman, could make an immediate impact in the 100 meters, where he won the Busline League championship last year as an eighth-grader.

Newcomb, who expects Waterville, Erskine Academy of South China and Belfast to be among the top teams, feels the Panthers have a good shot at team success in the regular season and in the conference and state championship meets.

"I think we would like to win a few meets during the regular season and make a strong showing at KVACs and states," he said. "And, as always, we would like to qualify a few athletes for the New England championships."

On the girls side, coach Gould expects Nicholls, Genthner, Vail and Prescott to be among the team's top performers, with Genthner and Nicholls joining Wilson and Young in what should be a formidable 4×100-meter relay team.

With Waterville and Camden Hills figuring to be among the KVAC elite, and the Panthers being a small team in terms of student-athletes, Medomak Valley will look to concentrate on individual successes.

"We're looking for everyone to get better all year long and that will lead to people qualifying [for the state Class B championships]," said Gould. "Hopefully we'll have a good postseason."

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