NEWBURYPORT — Coming off a pair of hugely successful cross-country and indoor track seasons, Newburyport track coach Tim Foley hopes to finish the year strong in the outdoor season.
That being said, Foley understands that his team in the spring isn’t the same as the one that won state championships in the fall and winter.
“We’ll be as competitive as possible, but we’re not the same team we were in indoors,” Foley said.
Last spring, the boys track team went 6-3 on the year, while the girls went winless and finished at the bottom of the league, Foley said. This year, Foley said his goal is for both teams to improve as much as possible, and assistant coach Don Hennigar said he believes a league championship on the boys side could be a possibility.
“It’s always a possibility. Like any season it’ll require some things to go our way,” Hennigar said. “For the girls, I think if we could finish over .500 we’d be very happy with that.”
The boys track team will once again be led by All-American junior Nick Carleo, who is fresh off a dominant indoor season in which he captured every accolade available to a high school runner short of a National Championship. Carleo will compete in all of the distances, primarily in the mile with occasional appearances in the 800-meter and 2-mile races when the situation calls for it.
“We’ll move him around,” Hennigar said. “He’ll run the mile, 2 mile, 800, I’m sure he’ll run in our relays.”
Also returning for his junior season is Tom Graham, who is coming off an appearance at Nationals for his performance in the 800-meter run. Though Graham is most effective as a middle distance runner, Hennigar said he’s a good enough athlete that he can contribute in nearly every event.