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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Mike Clark (32nd year): “We have four guys back from our top seven and a lot of guys right there with them. Tom Hanlon is showing great progress and he’s not the only one. Bedford’s going to be tough to beat but we should be there with them.”
2012 season: 7th at Division 1 States
Returning lettermen: Ryan Buck, Sr.; Alex Fredette, Sr.; Jeremy Tilton, Sr.; Yao Long, Sr.; Joe Settineri, Jr.; Sean Bolvin, Jr.; Brandon Lacroix, Jr.
Promising newcomers: Robbie Carpinone, Frosh.
Division 1 States: 20. Joe Settineri, 75. Alex Fredette
Odds and ends: Mitch Dutton, last year’s top runner, is running at UNH.
Jason Thibodeau (5th year): “I’m expecting my seniors to step up. Our goal is to make it back to Meet of Champions.”
2012 season: 11th at Division 1 States
Returnees: Joe Mancinelli, Sr.; Matthew Turner, Sr.; James Busi, Jr.; Tyler DeChane, Jr.; Peter Saviano, Jr.; Connor Mills, Jr.; Liam Kimball, Soph.; Niall Kimball, Soph.; Joe Margareci, Soph.
Newcomers: Tyler Fitzpatrick, Sr.; Alexander Kennedy, Sr.; Ryan Allen, Fr.; Jacob Swanney, Frosh.
Division 1 States: 44. Peter Saviano, 54. Niall Kimball, 55. James Busi
Odds and ends: The team has eight freshmen, the most Timberlane has had in the last 16 years... Sophomores Liam and Niall Kimball are the sons of former Timberlane great Mark Kimball. ... Newcomer Tyler Fitzpatrick is a state champion wrestler.
Co-coaches: Brian Deveney (13th year), Mark Behan (16th year): Behan said, “The team is young but our returnees are fit and have experience in big meets. The team’s attitude is great and the kids are motivated. The goal is to qualify for the Meet of Champions.”
2012 season: 12th at Division 2 States
Returning lettermen: Alex Brissette, Sr.; Kyle Carbonneau, Sr.; Brian Mathews, Sr.; Alex Fitzgerald, Sr.; Brandon Bielinski, Jr.; Justin Manter, Jr.; Tim Stap, Jr.; Jim Gustafson, Jr.; Nick Khoury, Jr.; Daniel Bleeker, Jr.; Connor Carbonneau, Soph.; Peter Caron, Soph.; Jonathan Nguyen, Soph.
Newcomers: Sean Frangos, Jr.; Jack Fitzgerald, Frosh.; Eric Chin, Frosh.; Kevin Frey, Frosh.; Thomas Draper, Frosh.; Korey Lord, Frosh.
Captains: Alex Brissette, Kyle Carbonneau, Alex Fitzgerald
Division 2 States: 37. Alex Brissette, 60. Brandon Bielinski
Odds and ends: Sean Frangos is out for the first time after competing in spring track. The incoming freshmen came into the preseason in better shape than previous rookie classes, said coach Chris White.
Coach Chris White (3rd year): “Our goal is to make it to the Meet of Champions and I think that’s realistic. I think we’ll be stronger than last year. The varsity guys have improved a lot. We just need a couple of kids to step up.”
2012 season: 18th at Division 2 States
Returning lettermen: Jared Miller, Sr.; Tommy Woodhouse, Sr.; Colby Butler, Sr.; Ethan Johnson, Jr.; Sean Bedard, Jr.; John DeYoung, Soph.
Newcomers: Colin Cooper, Jr.; Michael Deschenes, Frosh.; Lane Thompson, Frosh.
Division 2 States: 55. Colby Butler
Odds and ends: Colin Cooper, who ran track in the spring, has switched over from soccer.
Scott Maxwell (3rd year): “Colby (Butler), Colin (Cooper) and Ethan Johnson are definitely are top three. They ran together all summer and showed big improvement from last season.”
2012 season: 3rd at Division 3 States
Returning lettermen: Mattsen Bradbury-Koster, Sr.; Anthony Branco, Sr.; Sutton Bradbury-Koster, Jr.; Jared Hannon, Jr.; Ryan Higgins, Jr.; Travis Wallaker, Jr.; Chris Kaberle, Jr.; Bryce Blanchard, Soph.; Alex Plutnicki, Soph.; Chris Lindsey, Soph.; Colin Soucy, Soph.
Newcomers: Alec White, Soph.; Trevor Lloyd, Frosh.; Artie Cummings, Frosh.; Riley Miller, Frosh.; Allan Vallante, Frosh.; Will Campbell, Frosh.; Brenton Ferullo, Frosh.; Ryan Walters, Frosh.
Division 3 States: 11. Bryce Blanchard, 46. Mattsen Bradbury-Koster
Odds and ends: Dave Niemaszyck takes over for Todd Kress, who switched to the girls team after Justin Soucy resigned. Niemaszyck ran at St. John’s Prep and teaches biology at Pelham High, where he has coached baseball and track.
Dave Niemaszyck (1st year): “I think we’re going to compete. We lost four of top seven but we have some guys who can fill in.”