EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

September 1, 2013

MVC Girls Cross Country: Gilmore, Hillies should be in hunt


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — :OUTLOOK: Lowell, which has been a boys cross country power for years, has stepped it up on the girls’ side in recent years. The Red Raiders are the team to beat in the MVC in Division 1.

Andover should challenge with a healthy Leila Aruri leading the way and longtime power Haverhill, led by standout Riley Gilmore, will be dangerous if it can avoid the injury bug.

In Division 2, North Andover looks improved and should battle it out with Dracut for top honors. Central Catholic will depend on Tiffany Simione to lead the way.

Andover

:2012 season: 8th EMass. Division 1 meet

:Returning lettermen: Leila Aruri, Sr.; Sarah Rothmann, Jr.; Cate Donovan, Jr.; Sabrina Boutselis, Jr.; Gwyn Miner, Jr.

:Newcomers: Tori Fields, Jr.; Chantal Kellerd, Soph.

:Candidates: 27

:Captains: Leila Aruri

:EMass. Division 1: 20. Sarah Rothmann, 31. Leila Aruri, 38. Cate Donovan

:Assistants: Brenda Clarke-Warne, Kevin Sharkey

:Odds and ends: Gwyn Miner, Sabrina Boutselis and Justine DiPasquale ran in a half-marathon this summer, an indication of their work ethic.

:Leo Lafond (25th year): “We have a talented and experienced group coming back led by all-conference runners Leila Aruri, Sarah Rothmann and all-star Cate Donovan. We expect sophomore Chantal Kellerd to be part of our top group.”

Central Catholic

:2012 season: 7th EMass. Division 2 meet

:Returnees: Heather Corcoran, Sr.; Grace Conti, Sr.; Tiffany Simione, Jr.; Katie Anne Hayes, Jr.; Catie Tovey, Jr.; Avery Hayes, Jr.; Mia Eliopoulos, Jr.

:Newcomers: Julia Podsen, Jr.; Abigail Madeira, Frosh.

Candidates: 30

:Assistants: Julie Hillner

:Captains: Heather Corcoran, Grace Conti

:EMass. Division 2: 14. Tiffany Simione, 53. Katie Anne Hayes, 62. Avery Hayes

:Odds and ends: There are eight promising freshmen. ... Tiffany Simione is coming off of an excellent sophomore season.

:Colette Madore (7th year, 27-23): “The girls are motivated at practice and are excited for the upcoming season. It’s nice to have most of our varsity lineup back.”

Haverhill

:2012 season: 9th EMass. Division 1 meet

:Returning lettermen: Haylee Krenzer, Sr.; Riley Gilmore, Sr.; Samantha Wise, Sr.; Erin Quinnan, Sr.; Emma Yates, Sr.; Jillian Lemieux, Soph.; Jaycee Rowell, Soph.

:Newcomers: Paige Waligora, Soph.; Jenna Solimine, Frosh.; Maddie Pierce, Frosh.; Morgan Reardon, Frosh.

:Candidates: 17

:Captain: Haylee Krenzer, Riley Gilmore, Samantha Wise

:EMass. Division 1: 11. Riley Gilmore, 70. Samantha Wise

:Assistants: Melanie Veltsos

:Odds and ends: Melanie Veltsos, a 2003 HHS graduate, replaces long time assistant coach Courtney Kelley Munroe who had twin sons last fall, Melanie was a three-season runner for Haverhill. She teaches at the John Greenleaf Whittier School. ... Freshman Jenna Solimine is the younger sister of former Hillie greats Julie and Jackie Solimine.

:Mike Maguire (22nd year): “Riley is ready for an outstanding season. Sam Wise had an outstanding track campaign. Haylee Krenzer is healthy and ready for a good season. Jillian Lemieux really came on at the end of the season last year.”

Lawrence

:2012 season: didn’t run full team EMass. Division 1 meet

:Returnees: Leanna Pham, Sr.; Duyen Tran, Sr.; Marie Batista, Sr.; Tina Van, Sr.

:Newcomers: TBA

Candidates: TBA

:Captains: TBA

EMass. Division 1: 92. Leanna Pham

:Assistants: Angel Pabon, Rick Parthum

:Odds and ends: Keith Sherman replaces Anthony Ellis, the coach of the last four years. Sherman is a former runner and coach at Pentucket. He graduated from UMass Lowell and teaches in the Lawrence school system.

:Keith Sherman (1st year): “I am very excited to be coaching. We are building with a young team.”

Methuen

:2012 season: 15th EMass. Division 1 meet

:Returning lettermen: Marwah Haq, Sr.; Hannah Wunderlich, Jr.; Kaitlyn Lang, Soph.; Wileshka Samuel, Soph.

:Newcomers: Jordan Hanson, Jr.; Kristen Killkelley, Jr.; Michelle Malek, Jr.; Sarah Dockham, Frosh.; Emily Parsons, Frosh.

:Candidates: 15

Captains: Marwah Haq

EMass. Division 1: 53. Marwah Haq, 64. Kaitlyn Lang

:Assistants: Deanne Garafolo

:Odds and ends: Marwah Haq battled a broken leg last year. ... Hannah Wunderlich ran a 5:38 mile last spring and is in great shape. ... Newcomers Kristen Killkelley and Jordan Hanson have broken 6:00 in the mile.

:Bill James (15th year): “It should be an exciting year for our girls team, both individually and as a team. We are excited about some of our new runners. Hanson and Killkelley have run track in the past and look like they could help us. Haq is healthy for the first time in a year and has looked great.”

North Andover

:2012 season: 10th EMass. Division 2 meet

:Returning lettermen: Katelyn Thomas, Sr.; Danielle Voke, Sr.; Laura DelleChiaie, Jr.; Emily Steinberg, Jr.; Joy Duboff, Soph.; Gioia Krovitz, Soph.; Emily Branca, Soph.

:Newcomers: Courtney Holland, Sr.; Mia Drury, Soph.; Kristen Sheehan, Soph.; Enea Schleicher, Frosh.; Lily Voke, Frosh.

:Candidates: 19

:Assistants: Maggi Murray

:Captains: Katelyn Thomas, Danielle Voke

:EMass. Division 2: 38. Danielle Voke, 54. Katelyn Thomas, 59. Laura DelleChiaie

:Odds and ends: Lily Voke is the younger sister of Danielle Voke. ... Senior Courtney Holland is a newcomer who ran track in the spring.

:Rick DelleChiaie (15th year): “We’re in a strong league but I think we’ll hold our own. I think we’ll be better than last year.”