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December 7, 2012

Track capsules

(Continued)

Newcomers: 22 athletes, including 15 freshmen

Team strengths: Headliners in Darsney, Mitchell, Ferris, Frackiewicz, Willmonton

Concerns: Inexperience

Coach’s outlook: “We have some great athletes leading us and feel like we can be competitive with anybody on a talent basis. How successful we’ll be will depend on the girls learning to compete and win, and how quickly some of the younger kids can step up. Their enthusiasm and desire to learn has been outstanding to this point.”

First meet: Dec. 11 vs. Amesbury

Pentucket

Coach: Steve Derro (17th year)

Last year’s record: 7-2

Key returning athletes: Kristin Fitzgerald, sr.; J.J. Grim, sr.; Chase Marcotte, sr.; Tori Spofford, sr.; Kelsey Bode, sr.; Sarelle Creesy, sr.; Colleen Kilian, sr.; Marisa Lundy, sr.; Marissa Porter, sr.; Erin Sullivan, sr.; Ali Attenasio, jr.; Ayeshah Malhi, jr.; Emma Marchant, jr.; Charlotte Merritt, jr.; Rachel Perry, jr.; Jordan Balletto, so.; Tyler Feeney, so.; Jennifer Marra, so.; Brianna Repke, so.; Paige Wesolowski, so.

Newcomers: Libby Twombly, so.; Grace Dore, fr.; Jaclyn Belanger, fr.

Strengths: Participation numbers (56)

Concerns: Experience

Coach’s outlook: “We have another great turnout as far as numbers go, so once we get people established as to where they can be most successful we should be real competitive in the league.”

First meet: Dec. 12 vs. Ipswich and Masconomet

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