Amesbury

Coach Ernie Bissaillon: (7th year, 34-27)

2018 record: 4-6

Top returning runners: Francisco Laracuente, Sr.; Carter Higgins, Sr.; Jimmy Gjikopulli, Sr.; Ethan Rowe, Jr.; Oliver Hogg, Jr.; Alex Pucillo, Jr.

Promising newcomers: Drew Sanford, Frosh.; Andre Bailin, Frosh.; Seth Hagan, Frosh.; Christian Mangini, Frosh.

Captains: Oliver Hogg, Francisco Laracuente, Carter Higgins, Jimmy Gjikopulli

Top returning placers: Alex Pucillo 36th at CAL Open

Odds and ends: Francisco Laracuente was a Daily News All-Star hurdler this past outdoor track season. ... New freshman Andre Bailin’s father Eli was a former standout at Newburyport High and is a prominent local race organizer.

Asisstant: Caity Bailey

 

Georgetown

Coach Brian Masys (14th year)

2018 record: 0-10

Top returning runners: Spencer Mullen, Sr.; Francis Wood, Sr.; Max Girouard, Sr.; Jei Yeaton, Sr.; Beckett Medwid, Jr.; Grant Floyd, Soph.

Promising newcomers: Weston Barlett, Sr.; Dan Buckley, Sr.; Mike Cahill, Jr.; Tre Aulson, Jr.; Payton Gondella, Jr.; Mason Behl, Frosh.; Corey Walsh, Frosh.

Captains: Spencer Mullen, Francis Wood

Top returning placers: Francis Wood 39th at CAL Open

Odds and ends: More than half of this year’s team is new to cross country, though many of the newcomers have looked promising early in the fall. Mike Cahill and Payton Gondella are back after two years away from the sport, and Mason Behl has enjoyed success in the mile during the spring season.

Assistants: Pat Corr

 

Newburyport

Coach Don Hennigar: (34th year, 254-83)

2018 record: 10-0, Division 2 All-State champs

Top returning runners: John Lucey, Sr.; Cam Lasson, Sr.; Peter D’Ambrosio, Sr.; Jack Chambers, Sr.; Chris O’Donnell, Sr.; Dreese Fadil, Jr.; Peter King, Jr.; Brendan Kealy, Jr.; T.J. Carleo, Soph.

Promising newcomers: Matt Murray, Frosh.; Ethan Downs, Frosh.; Bradford Duchesne, Frosh., Sean Brennan, Frosh.

Captains: John Lucey, Peter D’Ambrosio

Top returning placers: John Lucey 5th D2 All-States, Dreese Fadil 31st D2 All-States, Cam Lasson 34th D2 All-States, Peter King 38th D2 All-States

Odds and ends: Newburyport is returning six of top seven runners from last year’s Division 2 All-State championship team, though the one loss is a big one, two-time defending individual All-State champion Sam Acquaviva, who is now running for MIT. ... Sophomore T.J. Carleo is younger brother of former Newburyport High greats Nick and Jack Carleo, both of whom now run for Providence College. ... Newburyport is ranked No. 2 in the state in the MSTCA’s Preseason Small School Top 20 poll.

Assistants: Amy Haas, Matt Valli

 

Pentucket

Coach Darrel Cox: (15th year)

2018 record: 8-2

Top returning runners: Peter Lopata, Sr.; Sam Stys, Sr.; Keegan Comeau, Sr.; David Gangemi, Sr.; Cory Foster, Sr.; Luke Cole, Sr.; Ben Beaulieu, Sr.; Colin Costa, Jr.; Matt Zylinski, Jr.; Aidan Rich, Jr.

Promising newcomers: Henry Keller, Sr.; Nolan Cole, Frosh.; Jack Fahey, Frosh.; Adam Newman, Frosh.; Brayden Roche, Frosh.

Captains: Peter Lopata, Sam Stys, Ben Beaulieu

Top returning placers: Peter Lopata 9th D2 All-States, Sam Stys 20th D2 All-States

Odds and ends: Pentucket is ranked No. 3 in the state in the MSTCA’s Preseason Small School Top 20 poll. Most of this year’s top runners were also a part of the state championship winning squad in 2017. ... Top runner Peter Lopata broke Pentucket’s school record in the mile last spring (4:18), breaking the mark previously held by former Sachem great Eric MacDonald.

Assistants: Keith Sherman

 

Triton

Coach Joe Colbert: (17th year)

2018 record: 7-3

Top returning runners: Aidan Gay-Killeen, Sr.; Keegan Ritchie, Sr.; Tyler Stranc, Sr.; Jack O’Shea, Jr.; Graham Stedfast, Jr.; Ryan Freeman, Soph.; John Sayles, Soph.

Promising newcomers: Parker Burns, Frosh.; Cole Jacobsen, Frosh.; Sam Mollineaux, Frosh.; Bryan Nichols, Frosh.; Sam O’Shea, Frosh.; Griffin White, Frosh.

Captains: Keegan Ritchie, Tyler Stranc

Top returning placers: Tyler Stranc 3rd CAL Open and 27th D2 All-States; Graham Stedfast 20th D5 states

Odds and ends: Graham Stedfast and Keegan Ritchie both broke 40-year-old school records in track this past year, with Stedfast taking the mile in 4:24 while Ritchie took the 2-mile in 9:53. Tyler Stranc also became just the third Triton runner ever to break two minutes in the 800. ... Aidan Gay-Killeen was a sub-4:40 miler as well, his older brother Liam runs cross country at Saint Michael’s and younger sister Ellie was last year’s Daily News Girls Cross Country MVP.

Assistants: Chris Jordan

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