2015 season: 2nd Division 1 States
Returning lettermen: Chris Zaino, Sr.; Declan Hotter, Sr.; Nathan Seeley, Jr.
Other returnees: Kevin Letalien, Sr.; Brian Metro, Jr.; Jake Donnelly, Jr.; Kyle Hoglund, Soph.; Carter Letalien, Soph.; Kyle Wheeler, Soph.
Promising newcomers: Kerry Daley, Frosh.; Dylan Hotter, Frosh.
Candidates: 38; Captains: None
Division 1 States: 43. Declan Hotter, 57. Chris Zaino
Assistants: Ian French
Odds and ends: Five seniors graduated from last year’s top seven and four are running in college — Cam Dickson (Northeastern), Noah Schrank (Rhode Island), Josh Wasserman (Hobart) and Bailey Hamilton (Southern Vermont). ... Chris Zaino has looked strong. He finished in second (behind Schrank) at the Londonderry Old Home Day Race in a strong time of 17:00.3.
Matt Smith (9th year): “We’re in a tough spot having lost so much to graduation, but it’s a spot we’ve been in before and have succeeded. We expect our younger athletes to step into those roles and have success. But all of these guys have a great attitude and a tremendous work ethic, and by the end of the season we will be right with the top teams in Division 1.”
2015 season: repeated as Division 1 champ
Returning lettermen: Jonathan L’Abbe, Sr.; Calvin Graves, Sr.; Pat Bastek, Sr.; Josh Noe, Jr.; Joe Gagnon, Soph.; Ethan Desmarais, Soph.; Steven Groulx, Soph.; Jeff Mize, Soph.
Newcomers: Kyle Hajj, Sr.; Nolan Preble, Frosh.; Henry Hood, Frosh.
Candidates: 38; Captains: TBA
Division 1 States: 14. Pat Bastek, 20. Calvin Graves
Assistants: Mike Karthas, Jon Alizio
Odds and ends: Senior newcomer Kyle Hajj, who a 53.09 400 last spring, has looked promising. ... Former Astro Jon Alizio, who has been coaching at Lesley College and is a Spanish teacher at Pinkerton, rejoins the staff as a volunteer assistant. ... From last year’s team, Nico Sevilla (UNH), Jeff Reddy (Franklin Pierce), Noah Davis (Merrimack) and Tom Hanlon (WPI) are running in college. ... Senior standout Pat Bastek is out indefinitely with a foot injury suffered in track. ... Pinkerton finished second to Nashua North in last weekend’s Mt. Washington Invitational.
Mike Clark (35th year): “Calvin Graves is amazing in how he’s worked hard and how good he looks. Losing Pat (Bastek) hurts but we’ll find a way to get him back. We still have some depth and it amazes me how our younger runners always step up. Ethan Desmarais has made a huge improvement. Our goal is to tie state history by winning our fourth straight (Division 1) state championship.”
2015 season: 18th Division 1 States
Returning lettermen: Rob Carpinone, Sr.; Anthony Cardillo, Sr.; Tom Lakos, Jr.; Tyler Wall, Jr.; Sean Holden, Soph.; Luke Fantasia, Soph.; Ben Towler, Soph.; Chris Polizotti, Jr.
Promising newcomers: David Miller, Jr.; Carson Wante, Soph.; Nate Wante, Soph.; Mike Everett, Frosh.
Candidates: 19; Assistants: None
Captains: Rob Carpinone, Anthony Cardillo
Division 1 States: 85. Sean Holden
Odds and ends: Junior newcomer David Miller has been a pleasant surprise. ... Sophomores Sean Holden and Luke Fantasia have set the pace in the early going.
Jason Thibodeau (8th year): “This will be one of the youngest teams I have ever coached, but if I can push them to work hard and stay focused I am convinced we will surprise a few teams.”
2015 season: 8th Division 1 States
Returning lettermen: Jake Swanney, Sr.; Liam Desmond, Sr.; Alexander Nichols, Sr.; Jake Chaput, Sr.; Nick McCartney, Sr.; Jacob Huberdeau, Jr.; Caleb Cotter, Jr.; Ethan Randall, Jr.; Ricky Johnston, Soph.
Newcomers: Bradley Boiselle, Soph.; Kyle Duffy, Frosh.; Michael Guzman, Frosh.; Tracy O’Donnell, Frosh.; Jonathan Pitts, Frosh.; Benjamin Swanney, Frosh.
Captains: Jack Swanney
Division 1 States: 37. Jacob Huberdeau, 67. Liam Desmond
Odds and ends: With the graduation of Liam and Niall Kimball, this marks the first season in nine years that a member of the Kimball family will not be running cross country at Timberlane. ... Captain Jake Swanney placed sixth in the 800 meters at the Division 1 meet last spring, clocking 2:00.72. .. Jacob Huberdeau also enjoyed a fine outdoor season, as he ran a personal-best time of 10:00.40 in the 3,200 for 11th place at the Division 1 meet. ... Graduated seniors Liam Kimball (UMass Lowell), Niall Kimball (NHTI) and Joe Margareci (UNH) are all running cross country. ... Tracy O’Donnell was 20th last year in the Large School division of the Middle School State Meet.
Co-coaches Brian Deveney (16th year), Mark Behan (19th year): Behan said, “The athletes trained well this summer and entered the season in very good shape. The team has been successful the last few years and the kids want to keep that going. We have a core of seniors who are looking to finish their careers on a high note. The goal is to qualify for the Meet of Champions.”
2015 season: 7th Division 2 States
Returning lettermen: Allan Vallante, Sr.; John Msaddi, Sr.; Jacob Dahlinger, Jr.; Cameron Starr, Jr.; Jacob Dorman, Jr.; Chris Soucy, Jr.
Newcomers: Cameron Dufault, Frosh.
Division 2 States: 13. Allan Vallante, 15. Cameron Starr, 30. Jacob Dorman, 64. John Msaddi
Captains: TBA; Assistants: None
Odds and ends: Allan Vallante and Cam Starr advanced to the Meet of Champions last year, and Starr ran at New England, coming in 64th. ... Jacob Dorman had a break-out season in spring track with a best of 2:01.11 in the 800.
Dave Niemaszyk (4th year): “We have a chance to be a really great team this year. Four of our top five are scorers from last year’s 7th-place finish. Those guys have really turned it on lately and have given me reason to be really excited. They know what this year means and what exactly we can accomplish as a team and as individuals.”
2015 season: 11th Division 2 States
Returning lettermen: Tom Draper, Sr.; Jack Fitzgerald Sr.; Jacob Riese, Jr.; Spenser Sawyer, Jr.; Robby St. Laurent, Jr.; Matt Kuczynski, Jr.; Matt Tauras, Jr.; Dan Donabedian, Jr.; Thomas Futado, Jr.; Nolan Garside, Jr.; Adam Messina, Jr.; Richie Nadeau, Jr.; Nicholas Pessinis, Soph.; Steven Doe, Soph.
Newcomers: Garrett Beals, Sr.; Jacob Kuczinsji, Frosh.; Ian Chinn, Frosh.; Sam Marsch, Frosh.; Alex Lincoln, Frosh.; Will Lincoln, Frosh.
Candidates: 26; Assistants: George Davis
Division 2 States: 37. Spenser Sawyer, 69. Robby St. Laurent
Captains: Robby St. Laurent, Jack Fitzgerald
Odds and ends: Kelly (Feibel) Fox replaces Gary Goyette, who resigned after three years. She starred at Londonderry and UNH (placed fourth in American East cross country meet in 1997) and coached at Manchester Central for 10 years. Her Little Green cross country squad captured three straight state Division 1 titles (2008-10), and her spring track teams won back-to-back D1 championships (2009-10). An assistant the last three years at St. Anselm’s, she’s a teacher in Manchester and still runs marathons. ... Newcomer Garrett Beals is a former soccer player who is active in martial arts. ... Fox is assisted by legendary former UMass Lowell coach George Davis, who also worked with her at Manchester Central.
Coach Kelly Fox (1st year): “This is one of the most polite and hard-working teams I’ve had. We have a frontrunner (Spencer Sawyer) but we need to get others up with him. I’m excited with our eight freshmen. I’m invested in the program and I’m going to stay here.”
2015 season: 19th Division 2 States
Returning lettermen: Lane Thompson, Sr.; John Merry-Carreiro, Jr.; Andrew Samoisette, Jr.
Newcomers: Chris DeYoung, Jr.; Ian Marsh, Frosh.
Candidates: 10; Assistants: None
Division 2 States: 19. Lane Thompson
Captains: Lane Thompson
Scott Maxwell (7th year): “We should get a real boost from newcomers Chris DeYoung and Ian Marsh who are both in their first years of running cross country. Lane Thompson is back and looking healthy after missing most of last winter and spring track seasons with multiple injuries. He has the potential to be one of the division’s top runners.”