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August 28, 2013

N.H. Boys Cross Country: Parent, Astros should contend

N.H. outlook: Rising power Bedford was first in Division 1 last year and, with three standouts returning, could be tough to upend. But runner-up Pinkerton, with four of its top seven returning and good depth, should be a worthy challenger.

Londonderry, led by seniors Grant McAuliffe and Damon Kilgore, is at worst a darkhorse.

Londonderry

2012 season: 3rd at Division 1 States

Returning lettermen: Grant McAuliffe, Sr.; Damon Kilgore, Sr.; Tim Court, Sr.; Tim Russell, Jr.; Nick Leach, Jr.; Jared Kane, Soph.

Newcomers: Chris Zaino, Frosh; Jack Stuart, Frosh.

Candidates: 29

Captains: None

Division 1 States: 6. Damon Kilgore, 12. Grant McAuliffe

Assistants: Ian French

Odds and ends: Damon Kilgore and Grant McAuliffe are the first and sixth returning runners in Division 1, respectively. ... Chris Zaino won the Large School race at the N.H. Middle School State Meet last year.

Matt Smith (6th year): “We’ll be very strong up front this year with Kilgore and McAuliffe. Our younger guys like Kane, Leach, and Zaino are going to be key to our overall success. We expect to challenge Bedford and Pinkerton for the Division 1 title.”

Pinkerton

2012 season: 2nd at Division 1 States

Returning lettermen: Joe Poggi, Sr.; Phillip Parent, Sr.; Connor Kwiecien, Sr.; Owen Clark, Jr.; Nate Rees, Jr.; Austin Smith, Jr.; Matt Robinson, Jr.; Nick Pietrocarlo, Jr.; Ryan Lynch, Jr.; Tom Hanlon, Soph.; Nick Sevilla, Soph.

Newcomers: Ryan Walsh, Sr.; Tom Gende, Jr.; Nick White, Jr.; Mike Estes, Frosh.; Calvin Graves, Frosh.

Candidates: 38

Captains: Connor Kwiecien, Ryan Walsh, Nick White

Division 1 States: 19. Phillip Parent, 23. Connor Kwiecien, 41. Joe Poggi, 53. Nick Pietrocarlo

Assistants: Mike Karthas

Odds and ends: New assistant coach Mike Karthas is the track coach at Hood Middle School. Last year’s assistant, Jon Alizio, is now an assistant at New England College. ... Junior newcomer Nick White was a team manager last year but he’s a captain this year. Another captain, Ryan Walsh, was a JV runner last year but is in his fourth year on the team. ... Graduated Chris Poggi is running at UNH this fall. ... Pinkerton under Mike Clark has won six Division 1 titles and finished second 10 times, including five of the last seven years.

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