Odds and ends: The Astros return their top five finishers from the Division 1 meet. ... Juniors Olivia Tracy and Kristen Sobolewski ran winter track last year and look like contributors in their first year of cross country. ... Senior Aleah MacKay is a transfer from Bedford. She committed to Syracuse lacrosse in December of 2011. ... Freshman Bela Fast shows, befitting her name, good speed. Her father, Ralph Fast, was a star running back for the Astros, earning Eagle-Tribune Offensive MVP honors.
Amy Bernard (11th year): “I’m excited about this team. I think we’ll have the girls in the front with Morgan (Sansing) and Ariel (Vaillancourt) and we have great depth.”
2012 season: 17th at Division 1 meet
Returning lettermen: Cara Seely, Sr.; Laura LaPierre, Sr.; Regan Coyle, Jr.; Lauren MacMillan, Soph.
Promising newcomers: Ryan Krahn, Frosh.; Megan Seely, Frosh.
Captains: Cara Seely, Laura LaPierre
Division 1 meet: 117. Lauren MacMillan
Odds and ends: Spencer Shaw takes over for Craig Robinson, who was head coach for eight years. ... Shaw is a former track standout at both Winnacunnet and UNH, where he was captain as a senior, and teaches physical education at the Woodbury Middle School. ... With only six runners out, Shaw hopes to add girls to the team following cuts from volleyball and field hockey.
Spencer Shaw (1st year): “We do not have a lot of runners but the girls we have are runners and have an amazing work ethic. We want to build up the team and get more recognition for cross country at the high school and middle school level.”
2012 season: 8th at Division 1 meet
Returning lettermen: Lauren Oligny, Sr.; Kayla Gaudet, Sr.; Hannah Cosio, Sr.; Paige Andrews, Jr.; Abbie Isenberg, Jr.; Caryn Ojemann, Jr.; Jessica Sexton, Jr.; Rachel Borisko, Jr.; Michele Condon, Jr.; Annie Steenson, Jr.; Alexa Trautz, Jr.; Bridget Kelly; Soph.