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September 5, 2013

Daily News cross-country capsules

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Strength: Work ethic.

Concerns: Learning to compete.

Coach’s outlook: “We have our biggest team in several years with 33 boys and their enthusiasm has been great. They’re very coachable and work hard. We are hoping to be competitive each week, improve throughout the season, and hopefully wind up with a winning record.”

Girls Cross-Country

Amesbury

Coach: Ernie Bissaillon (1st year)

Key returning athletes: Julia Shorter, sr.; Emily Pugh, sr.; Samantha Stone, so.; Hailee Gibadlo, fr.; Julia Schlick, jr.; Morgan Fahey, jr.

Newcomers: Molly Rains, fr.; Abbey Tamburello, jr.; Lauren Gonthier, so.

Strength: Conditioning.

Concerns: Depth.

Coach’s outlook: “We hope to be competitive in a very tough league.”

Newburyport

Coach: Don Hennigar (27 years)

Key returning athletes: Erin Carroll, sr.; Kelly Conway, sr.; Kristen Mackie, jr.; Rachel Haley, jr.; Lily Eagan, jr.; Olivia Kearney, so.; Rose Hart, sr.

Newcomers: Sophia Carlat, fr.; Alex Mackie, fr.; Rebecca Speak, jr.; Maria Sterling, jr.; Juliet Stevenson, jr.; Liane Wilson, fr.

Strength: Senior leadership, attitude.

Concerns: Progression of younger runners.

Coach’s outlook: “A successful Cape Ann League season and a run at the All-State Meet are the goals.”

Pentucket

Coach: Todd Ruland (5th year)

Key returning athletes: Jordan Balletto, sr.; Emma Marchant, sr.; Kasey Mann, sr.; Alena D’Olympio, jr.; Kelsi McNamara, jr.; Kristen Olson, jr.; Brianna Repke, jr.; Sarah Thurlow, jr.; Taylor Moore, so.; Sophie Capobianco, so.; Erica Warner, so.

Newcomers: Jackie Brennan, sr.; Sara Maloney, sr.; Julie Stasiuk, jr.; Anna Moura-Cook, jr.; Sarah Stewart, so.; Vivian Burke, fr.; Alyssa Demeule, fr.; Grace Madden, fr.

Strength: McNamara is back from an injury that kept her out of last season.

Concern: Health.

Coach’s outlook: “Kasey Mann is in the best shape of her life and is positioned to make a major contribution. Emma Marchant and Kelsi McNamara were both injured last year and their return will really help us out this year.”

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