High school cross country

New coach, plenty of depth, talent for Camden Hills squads

By Staff | Sep 03, 2014

Rockport — The following is a synopsis of the 2014 Camden Hills Regional High school cross-country teams:

Coach/years coached current team: Helen Bonzi, first year.

Last year's record/playoff information: The girls finished 32-6, while the boys were 21-18. The girls finished eighth (204 points) in the state Class B championship, fourth (122 points) in the Eastern Class B championship and second (91 points) in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B championship meet. The boys finished 15th (313 points) in the state Class B championship, sixth (167 points) in the Eastern Class B meet and third (89 points) in the KVAC Class B event.

Rosters: The girls team includes seniors Franny Field, Katie Moody, Lydia Morin and Ella Scott; juniors Mirelle Lafreniere, Emma McGurren, Bridget Mellon, Jacqueline Russell and Katie Vannorsdall; sophomores Sadie Allen, Mallory Caron, Emily Kessel, Elli Spizzuoco and Jane van der Schaaf; and freshmen Sophie Moore, Natalie Owre and Alli Wells.

The boys team includes Will Barrows, Justin Lopez and Mark McCluskey; juniors Lucas Burstein, Ben Resek, Eli Smith, Ben Winchenbach and Alex Winn; sophomores Nick Doran, Nick Leclerc, Caleb Love-Webb, Matthew Morse and Alex Spearin; and freshmen Adam Bifulco, Liam Haining, Trevor Iltis, Leo Kalajian, Jack Poutasse, Cooper Russell and Kyle Wood.

Known graduation losses: Brittany Bowman, Lily Kassen, Ben Trapani, Crockett Lalor and Josh Heanssler.

Significant impact runners: Love-Webb, Russell, Wood, Iltis, Kessel, Wells and Scott.

Team strengths: The boys team features depth, while the girls team features balance.

Team goals: To work hard every day and put themselves in position to compete for conference, regional and possibly even state crowns.

Top league opponents: Waterville, Cony of Augusta, Morse of Bath, Belfast, Lincoln Academy of Newcastle and Erskine Academy of South China.

Outlook: The girls team lost two important pieces in Bowman and Kassen, but the Windjammers work well as a team and behind the Windjammers fastest runner Kessel, look to compete at the state level. The boys team is “young, but very talented,” and should also be in the thick of things by season's end, the new coach said.

“The team has been training very hard and having a really good time together bonding and building team spirit,” said Bonzi. “If all goes well they will continue to get faster and challenge well at KVACs, regionals and the state meet. We're also looking forward to the Festival of Champions meet in Belfast when we get to run against many of the larger teams in the state and several from out of the state and Canada.”

Courier Publications' sports staff can be reached by email at sports@villagesoup.com or by phone at 594-4401.

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