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September 5, 2013

CAC Girls Cross Country: Experience Whittier a team to watch


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Greater Lawrence

2012 season: didn’t have full team at EMass. Division 4 meet

Returning lettermen: Danisa Medina, Sr.; Adriana DeJesus, Sr.; Josefany Lopez, Sr.; Leissy Matos, Sr.; Cassie Monroy, Sr.; Idaliz Yambo, Sr.; Carmen Rivera, Jr.; Caitlin Kobrenski, Soph.

Newcomers: Heidi Hernandez, Soph.; Liza Ruiz, Frosh.; Suheiry Pereyra, Frosh.; Solanny Martinez, Frosh.; Nilsa Sosa, Frosh.

Candidates: 25

Captains: TBA

Assistants: Rob Niceforo, Katy Simonds, Mark Boucher

EMass. Division 4: 136. Cassie Monroy

Odds and ends: Ten freshmen turned out for preseason workouts. ... Carmen Rivera trained hard in the summer and is in fine shape.

Jay Santomassino (11th year): “I’d love to see us at .500 — I don’t know if we’ve ever been at .500. I’d also love to keep the numbers up.”

Presentation of mary

2012 season: didn’t compete at EMass. Division 6 meet

Returning scorers: Heather Lacourse, Sr.; Sydney Moran, Sr.; Maria Splaine, Jr.

Returning lettermen: Meredith Gill, Jr.; Gabby Salerno, Soph.

Newcomers: Erin Henrick, Soph.; Emily Saindon, Frosh.

Candidates: 7

Assistants: Erica LaBranche

Captains: Sydney Moran, Heather Lacourse, Maria Splaine

Odds and ends: New assistant Erica LaBranche is a Merrimack College student who ran at Lowell High. ... Erin Henrick switched over from soccer. ... New runners might be added with the return this week of overseas students.

Brian Martin (15th year): “There is a lot of excitement. We have a great group working hard. Maria and Sydney will give us a solid one-two punch.”

Whittier

2012 season: 21st at EMass. Division 4 meet

Returning lettermen: Kaitlin Wright, Sr.; Sarah Slocum, Sr.; Toni Mariano, Sr.; Olivia Pappalardo, Sr.; Cassie Gagliardi, Sr.; Courtney Mitchell, Jr.; Corinne Bilodeau, Jr.; Ashley Magee, Jr.; Anyelina Martinez, Jr.; Skye Bouffard, Soph.; Rachael Mailloux, Soph.; Emmy Mei, Soph.; Kayla Rich, Soph.; Gabrielle O’Boyle, Soph.

Newcomers: Stephanie Beaudoin, Soph.; Emily Freeman, Soph.; Marissa Cusick, Frosh.; Emily Dickopf, Frosh.; Eliza Slocum, Frosh.

Candidates: 19

Captains: Kaitlin Wright, Olivia Pappalardo

Assistants: Lauryn Ihle

EMass. Division 4: 65. Corinne Bilodeau

Odds and ends: Whittier finished second to Notre Dame at the CAC large race last year. ... Lauryn Ihle, the coach’s wife, joins the program as an assistant. ... Captains Olivia Pappalardo and Kaitlin Wright are in their fourth year with the program.

Coach Jay Ihle (4th year): “The whole team looks great. We have eight of our top 10 runners back.”