Coach Ernie Bissaillon: (7th year, 22-39)
Top returning runners: Annie McCue, Sr.; Layne Busch, Sr.; Maddie Ziomek, Sr.; Abigail Allain, Jr.; Madison Sanchez, Jr.; Piper Hogg, Soph.; Jayne McCue, Soph.; Julia Penney, Soph.; Calista Chabot, Soph.
Promising newcomers: Jessica Holt, Jr.; Anna Bailey, Soph.; Ryan Leary, Soph.; Sadie Cacho-Negrete, Frosh.; Annica Chambers, Frosh.; Molly Tonks, Frosh.; Solace Yee, Frosh.
Captains: Annie McCue, Layne Busch, Maddie Ziomek
Top returning placers: Maddie Ziomek 32nd CAL Open
Odds and ends: Amesbury features a balanced and experienced lineup, with five returning runners who finished between 32nd and 48th overall in the CAL Open last November. The Indians will be looking to take the next step and move closer to the front of the pack this fall.
Assistants: Caity Bailey
Coach Brian Masys (14th year)
2018 record: 0-10
Top returning runners: Julia Walsh, Sr.; Lilly Egenberg, Sr.; Grace Sousa, Jr.; Lilli Mullen, Jr.; Julia Mastrostefano, Soph.; Tara Stevens, Soph.
Promising newcomers: Mia MacDonald, Jr.
Captains: Julia Walsh
Top returning placers: Grace Sousa 2nd D6 states
Odds and ends: Georgetown is dealing with very low turnout this fall, with only seven girls available on the roster as a whole. ... Grace Sousa is once again expected to rank as the team’s top runner. The four-time Daily News All-Star is only just now reaching upperclassmen status after emerging as the team’s star back as a seventh grader. ... Senior Lilly Egenberg is also expected to enjoy a strong season.
Assistants: Pat Corr
Coach Don Hennigar: (34th year, 245-69)
2018 record: 9-1, CAL Open champs
Top returning runners: Lucy Gagnon, Sr.; Lindsey Roberts, Sr.; Alyssa Keith, Sr.; Emma Speck-Wayne, Sr.; Madison Brown, Sr.; Sidney Ficht, Sr.; Ellie Schulson, Jr.; Caroline Walsh, Jr.; Emma Delahunty, Jr.; Addie Moore, Jr.; Clara Riley, Jr.; Olivia Sousa, Jr.; Olivia D’Ambrosio, Soph.
Promising newcomers: Emma Bauxbaum, Sr.; Caroline Schulson, Frosh.; Hailey LaRosa, Frosh.
Captains: Lucy Gagnon, Sidney Ficht
Top returning placers: Lucy Gagnon 26th D2 All-States; Ellie Schulson 10th D4 states; Lindsey Roberts 25th D4 states
Odds and ends: Newburyport enters the season ranked No. 8 in the MSTCA’s Small School Top 20 preseason poll. The Clippers have a deep and talented lineup that was able to bounce back from a midseason loss to Triton to win last fall’s CAL Open title.
Assistants: Amy Haas, Matt Valli
Coach Todd Ruland: (11th year)
2018 record: 6-4
Top returning runners: Cam Piecewicz, Sr.; Grace Tierney, Sr.; Teagan Pratt, Sr.; Megan McCoy, Sr.; Maddie Conover, Sr.; Emily Meisner, Sr.; Casey Petersen, Jr.; Phoebe Rubio, Soph.; Brianna Whyman, Soph.; Ella Edic, Soph.;
Promising newcomers: Anna Wyner, Sr.; Emily Rubio, Soph.; Audrey Conover, Frosh.; Bridget Stark, Frosh.; Diana Williamson, Frosh.
Captains: Cameron Piecewicz, Grace Tierney
Top returning placers: Phoebe Rubio 31st D2 All-States
Odds and ends: Most of Pentucket’s top competitors will be underclassmen this year, most notably sophomore Phoebe Rubio, who burst onto the scene as a freshman last fall to rank among the league’s best right away. Twin sister Emily Rubio is also joining the program after emerging as a standout sprinter and jumper in track.
Assistants: Keith Sherman
Coach Joe Colbert: (17th year)
2018 record: 10-0, CAL Kinney Division champs
Top returning runners: Kylie Lorenzo, Sr.; Kerry Power, Sr.; Samantha Protopapas, Sr.; Laney Towle, Sr.; Sarah Harrington, Jr.; Isabella Silva, Jr.; Ellie Gay-Killeen, Soph.; Ella Visconti, Soph.; Sage Woodward, Soph.
Promising newcomers: Kyla Prussman, Jr.; Jenaiah Millette, Frosh.; Robin Sanger, Frosh.; Erin Wallwork, Frosh.
Captains: Kylie Lorenzo, Laney Towle
Top returning placers: Ellie Gay-Killeen 13th D2 All-States; Kerry Power 35th D2 All-States; Sarah Harrington 42nd D2 All-States
Odds and ends: Where Triton lacks in quantity it makes up for in quality, as the Vikings feature only 13 runners and yet still rank among the top small school programs in the state. The Vikings enter the season ranked No. 6 in the MSTCA’s Small School Preseason Top 20 poll after returning virtually everyone from last year’s undefeated Cape Ann League championship team. ... Junior Kyla Prussman joins the team after switching from soccer and is expected to compete for a spot in the top seven this fall.
Assistants: Chris Jordan