April 23, 2013

Saranac boys, Beekmantown girls look for repeats in track


Editor’s Note: Information from Lake Placid was not received in time for press run.

The 2012 track and field season came to a strong end for many Section VII athletes.

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The section was well represented in the state meet with Section VII capturing two Division II titles and a Federation title.

Peru’s Dan Lennon took first in the 3,200 meter run, and has since moved on to compete at Syracuse.

Beekmantown’s Jess Huber teamed with Kallie Villemaire, Courtney Wilson and Mikaela Frechette to win the 400 relay. Huber has also graduated and is running for the Vermont Catamounts.

Villemiare, Wilson and Frechette, however, all return to lead a strong Eagles squad, which is coming off a Section VII title.

Ticonderoga’s Jay Hebert, who as a sophomore captured the Federation title in the 110 hurdles, returns for his junior season for the Sentinels.

Saranac lost a slew of athletes from last season’s fourth straight Section VII title, but also return many — and have added a lot to the roster as well in hopes of a fifth straight title.


The Patriot boys finished the season with a 4-3 record, and a sixth-place finish in the Section VII championships.

Jumps will continue to be the area of strength with senior Paul Ford returning. Senior Alexander Connor and sophomore Brandon Ruocco will be the leaders in distance runs, while sophomore Jacob Montefusco and senior Michael Thompson control the sprints. Senior Garth Benway and sophomore Elijah Fitzgerald will provide the strengths in the throws.

AuSable Valley girls, 2-5 a season ago, return school record-holder Rachel Knapp to the fold and she will continue to be a strength in the sprints. Ashle Estes also returns as a versatile athlete who will run sprints, hurdles and do jumps as well as throw shot put.

Athletes lost

Ben Ford, Dennis Goodnough, Matt Lamere, Daniel Zoborowski, Raychel Agoney, Caitlin Blaise, Megan Colby, Leann Cook, Sierra Cotrona, Amanda Hamilton, Emma Helfgott, Sami Loreman, Cassidy Tallman.

Athletes returning

Michael Bussiere, Justin Cook, Jacob Ashline, Alexander Connor, Cody Furnia, Paul Ford, Garth Benway, Eli Blaise, Elijah Christian, Michael Thompson, Elias Smith, Jacob Montefusco, Mark Chauvin, Josh Dusharme, Hank McCormick, Brandon Ruocco, Elijah Fitzgerald, Austin Depo, Ashlee Estes, Rachel Knapp, Haley Taylor.


Marissa Bickford, Rachel Ford, Noelle Miller, Emily Patenaude, Brianna Rock, Amanda Smith.


The Eagles are well-equipped for a title repeat in the girls’ championships, and a title run in the boys’ championships.

Beekmantown lost a total of six athletes from a season ago, but will have to find a replacement for Jess Huber.

Mikaela Frechette, Courtney Wilson and Kallie Villemaire all return as state champions, while Emily Anderson is coming off a fourth-place finish in the discus as a sophomore. Newcomers Erica Leonard and Carlee Casey will look to fill the void left by Huber in the sprints.

The boys return some key performers in middle distance, and could be strong in the throwing department as well. Juniors Nate Foster, Jon Graziane and Colin Quackenbush are being looked at to have strong seasons.

Athletes lost

Nate Arsenault, Tim Kashorek, Jerry Senecal, Jess Huber, Kara Ashline, Kaila LaFountain.

Athletes returning

Brogan Arthur, Michael Cartee, Mihn Coryer, Brandon Couture, Cory Couture, Nathan Foster, Cameron Garceau, Jonathan Graziane, Colbie Griffin, Caleb Huestis, Matthew LaClair, Andrew Peryer, Jakob Poirier, Ian Pummell, Colin Quackenbush, Tyler Rock, Domenic Trombley, Dan Villa, Jordan West, Jeremiah Zuker, Emily Anderson, Kristi Blow, Rachel Brunelle, Emily Farr, Mikaela Frechette, Amanda Frederick, Deanna Frenyea, Lindsey Gonyea, Jenn Graziane, Rachel Kashorek, Grace Kelly, Molly King, Jerika LaValley, Carly Moss, Amanda Peterson, Octavia Pizarro, Shannon Ryan, Kallie Villemaire, Courtney Wilson.


Andrew Baker, Brandon Defayette, Nicholas Dreslinski, Kyle Dupigney, Nicholas LaBombard, Andrew Lower, Matthew Lower, Aaron Moura, Casey Provost, Christopher Rowell, Everette Sapp, Curtis Seymour, Pawandeep Singh, Sam Trombley, Christopher Turner, Clay Watts, Cody Watts, Myles West, Ashleigh Ahrent, Jordan Ales, Lydia Bailey, Tori Barrett, Carlee Casey, McKenzie Delisle, Bianca Deno, Skye Gates, Arianna Hicks, Erica Leonard, Rebecca McDonald, Jessie Senecal, Adrienne Vanderloop, Bailey Quackenbush, Kirsten Villemaire, Lillian Wister.


The Emus came away with three victories in both boys and girls meets last season.

Arto Nadeau, Jack Newberry, Jon Gay and Roger Cline will be looked to for leadership on the boys’ side. Nadeau returns to lead the sprinters/jumpers, with Newberry and Gay back in the mid-to-long distance runs. Cline will be back to run the hurdles.

Halie Snyder, Haley Garno-Potter, Morgan Meacham and Lily Whalen were selected as captains for the EKMW girls’ team. Garno-Potter will lead the way for the mid-to-long distance runners, while Whalen leads the throwers.

Snyder returns as the Section VII 200 champion from a season ago.

Athletes lost

Louis Scaglione, Nate Allott, Cole Fernandez, Jon Magoon, Brody Hooper, Delaney Sears, Sodie Stoner, Katie Waltner, Maegan Hall, Sage Allott.

Athletes returning

Greg Dedam, Parker LeClair, Jack Newberry, Jon Gay, Matt Schrauf, Will Daha, Roger Cline, Arto Nadeau, Nick Manfred, Kyle Van Buren, Kyle Gifaldi, Mike Bigelow, Amanda Bruha, Haley Garno-Potter, Bailey VanNess, Julia Cox, Zoe Reusser, Tess Andrade, Lily Whalen, Halie Snyder, Morgan Meachem, Jordan Speshock, Nicole Ashe, Victoria Smith, Chelsea Callahan.


Will Tomkins, Wesley Whalen, Isaiah Turner, Todd Bessette, Jordan Spadafora, Troy Welch, Dewey Snyder, Jarren Boyle, Rainier Garnica, Mike Flack, William Benton, Naomi Peduzzi, Susanne Rudd, Maeve Peabody, Torey Patenaude, Sadie Holbrook, Crystal Grady, Savanna Graves, Abby Burdo, Emma Demuro, McKenna Harris, Kayla Gross, Sara Snyder, Emily Manfred, Lillian Perry.


The Cougars are coming off a rough season in terms of a team record, with both the boys and girls finishing 0-5 a year ago.

Northeastern Clinton, though, did have a couple outstanding individual performances from a year ago. Senior Mallory Honan leads the way, coming off a third-place finish in the long jump and fifth-place finish in the 100 hurdles at states a year ago.

Molly Roush, who was fifth in the 400 and ninth in the 800 at states, decided not to return for her senior season.

The boys are looking at a rejuvenated season with many returning athletes. Tom Bedard (800) and Rodney Grimshaw (400) are two athletes to keep an eye on this season.

Athletes lost

Landon Gosselin, Evan MacDougal, Neil Miller, Nate Thibideau, Justine Rabideau, Kelly Rogers, Molly Roush

Athletes returning

Thomas Bedard, Matthew Orr, Jon Filion, Tyler Bosley, Jake MacDougal, Ryan Parent, Austin Gonyo, Eli Matton, Anthony Piche, Avery Trombley, Rodney Grimshaw, Chris Boyse, Colby Provost, Ryan Brink, Celine Bouvier, Devin Gosselin, Mallory Honan, Oriana LaFlesh, Samantha Smith, Ellen Reed, Brianna Smith, Jessica Cartier


Spencer Parsons, Ethan Favreau, Richard Gray, Josh Gero, Matt Nigro, Erich Lutz, Wyatt Rivers, Brian Royea, Timothy Bedard, Christina Tomah, Samantha Gallucci, Kelsy Kellison, Maria Lefebvre, Amanda Ondras, Victoria Ruger, Alexis Sample, Adie Steinfeld


The Indian boys are coming off a strong season a year ago with a 7-1 record and only lose three athletes to graduation.

Gone, however, is Dan Lennon, who captured the 3,200 run at states, and finished second overall in the Federation meet.

Strengths this season should continue to be in the distance races, while also being strong in the throwing events.

The girls had a decent season as well with a 5-3 record and a fifth-place finish at the Section VII championships.

Lea Perry, who captured the high jump title a season ago, returns to lead the way for Peru. Ashley Leta, Rebecca Romanowicz and Emily Lawliss will also supply plenty of leadership for the Indians.

Athletes lost

Dan Lennon, Jared Mclean, Erik Provost.


Jordan Pelkey, Jared Banker, Michael Smart, Jonathan Smart, Andrew Burgess, Brandon Houk, Dawson Stewart, Tom Mathews, Hunter Sartwell, Riley Sartwell, Thomas Gwinn, Tyler Barshaw, Andrew Thew, William Thew, Nathan Morgan, Shayne Donoghue, Andrew Downs, Austin Porter, Patrick Knight, Michael Dupree, Cory Rock, Lucas Hughes, Josh Romanowicz, Connor Agoney, Dylan Gregware, Brittany Bridges, Emily Lawliss, Ashley Carpenter, Lilly Adams, Kali Dorey, Rebecca Romanowicz, Alyssa Hathaway, Ashley Leta, Natasha Lindor, Sadie Maddix, Isabella Mclean, Brianna Pena, Emily Sorrell, Madison Tourville, Lea Perry, Kiarah LaGrave, Nicole Fisher, Maria Remillard, Cheyanne Dobozy, Shanna Fliss, Rebecca Pellerin, Taylor Durocher, Hannah Wilson, Kristin Houle, Kelsey Attennofer, Alexandra Brown, Kristen Duso, Fanni Martha, Brianna Wynne, Sam Martin, Autumn Wiley, Athina Mitchell, Grace Betrus.


The Hornet boys finished 4-3 a year ago, while the girls finished 7-1 on the season. Both, however, had strong showings at the Section VII championships with a second-place finish.

Strengths for the boys will be in the spring events, led by Skyler Barriere, Jah-Kim Dargan and Ryan Desrocher. Distance wise, the Hornets return top performer Jeriqho Gadway, while Keenan Hunt-Stone and Robert Matthews will also be tough in distance races.

Lost for the girls this season is Emma Deshaies, who captured the 1,500 and 3,000 events at the Section VII championships a year ago. Stepping into her shoes, however, is her sister Claire who will be counted on in the sprints along with Adrienne Nye. Brooke Knight and Rayanne Canet also return to a lead the way for the Hornets.

Athletes lost

Andrew Brown, Parker Carpenter, Shawn Hendrix, Hugo Leon, David Pfaul, Borge Wiik, Matt Wilson, Lucas Burton, Shawn Courson, Josh Ferris, Joshua Rock-Vanier, Emma Deshaies, Bianca Fournier, Jackie Moore, Katie Ashabranner, Grace Chisholm, Jamie Rosney.

Athletes returning

Skyler Barriere, Hakim Bouzidane, Kemar Caple, Ryan Desrocher, Jah-Kim Dargan, Alex Friedman, Jeriqho Gadway, Kenneth Hausrath, Keenan Hunt-Stone, Robert Mathews, Robert Reno, Cody Rowbottom, Sean Shea, Savannah Bulriss, Devan Bushey, Rayanne Canet, Ashlee Carper, Kaylia Carper, Claire Deshaies, Patricia Downs, Sarah Duprey, Cynthia Garcia, Anna Hewitt, Emma Jabaut, Brooke Knight, Sabrina Lakomy, Samantha Martin, Adrienne Nye, Maddie O’Connell, Gabby Parrotte, Khila Pecoraro, Alyssa Rector, Nicole Williams.


Liam Chaskey, Sam Esposito, Dale Gray, Jacob Jabaut, Lucas LeClerc, D’Andre Lemieux, Jonas Miller, Elijah Simmons, Alexis Beyer, Savanna Broadway, Makenzie Brassard, Taylor Canet, Natalie Casey Sanger, Kelsey Cutcher, Lee Cyphers, Irene Fernandez, Alyssa Fredette, Isabella Friedman, Navarah Harmon, Alexis Kelly, Chynna LaBarge, Alexandra LaTorra, Kaila Panozzo, Jordyne Russell, Angelica Sanchez, Miah Thornton.


The Chiefs are already off to a strong start this season after capturing the Division I Preseason Invitational Saturday.

The Saranac boys’ squad looks to capture its fifth consecutive Section VII title this season and certainly have the athletes to do it. Justin Liechty led the charge to open the season with three wins, and he will be looked at to continue that feat all season. Ty Tedford and Sobaan Ayub, who were part of the 1,600 relay team that took fifth at states a season ago, will also provide leadership this season.

The Chief girls will look to retake their title that they lost to Beekmantown a year ago, after holding onto it for five straight years.

Sophomore Lexi Blockson has been strong early in the distance races for Saranac, capturing two events on Saturday. Senior Victoria Phaneuf, who placed 14th at the state meet a year ago in the shot put, returns to lead the throwers this season.

Athletes lost

Heath Andre, Micah Patterson, Billy Badger, Ryan Kerner, Corey Duval, Joey Bernardi, KJ Houle, Jake Spear, Ryan St. Clair, Connor Filion, Logan Frasier, Dylan Gallagher, Francis Fredrick, Jordan Hill, Taylor Maggy, Danny Williams, Gus Light, Matt McCasland, John Maye, Tim Snyder, DeCotta Bapp, Quinn Jones, Zayne Dombrosky, Luke Hunter, Gabe Thatcher, Levi Wright, Morgan Kelly, Tracy Rush, Tawnia Provost, Kristen Kneussle, Megan Liechty.

Athletes returning

Jeremy Bullis, Connor Carrigan, Dylan Charland, Connor Christopherson, Chase Delisle, Nick Dormann, Marty Munson, Jon Raudenbush, Ben Strack, Ty Tedford, Logan Williams, Sobaan Ayub, Dillon Barry, Mike Bernardi, Nate Cheney, Chad Dashnaw, Dustin Durgan, Eli Fasking, Jake Frostick, Ryan Kneussle, Jesse Thew, Sean Tyrell, Tony Verillo, Josh Wade, Hunter Church, Nate Clark, Caiden Goodman, Justin Liechty, Josh Mihuc, George Miller, Victoria Farrell, Sarah Farrell, Nicole Turcotte, Alexis Bruno, Victoria Phaneuf, Emily Heywood, Amelia Jenks, Marissa Ducatte, Kathleen Bullis, Jamie Favreau, Rachel Rock, Allison Fink, Lexi Haley, Clara Racette, Sabrina Bruno, Amy LoTemplio, Rebecca Heywood, Morgan Juneau, Kelly Drollette, Lexi Blockson, Ellen Thew, Mary Hutti, Kayla Byerley, Lindsey Harris, Abby Cerne, Logan Thatcher.


Kevin Jordan, Wes Boyd, Colby Russell, Lance Hackett, Tony Verillo, Ben Bova, Kaden Cringle, Isiah Dessureault, Mitch Fink, Justin Granmore, Logan Jarvis, Zach LePage, Connor Madden, Ethan Mangum, Brian Menia, Austin Myers, Noah Pearsall, Carter Winters, Tyler Blair, Andrew Cutaiar, Meghan Wood, Andrea Strong, Ashley Dubray, Carlee Plumadore, Kiley Perry, Christina Fray, Victoria Yip, Elysha O’Connell, Lydia Miner.


The Red Storm boys finished with a 3-4 record a year ago, while the girls took a record of 5-3.

Nicky Trudeau, who captured the 400 hurdles and the 1,600 relay at the Section VII championships, was lost to graduation. Vanessa Salamy and Samantha Martin, though, both return from the championship 1,600 relay squad.

Jeremiah Barge and Alex Beaudoin each return as Section VII champions in the 400 relay for the Saranac Lake boys.


Mike Cross, Jeremiah Barge, Matthew Adams, Colin Shipman, Alex Donaldson, Jahi Gooden, Anuj Prejapati, Chance Hobbs, Zane Pelletieri, Eli Hameline, Dylan Kliner, Nick Sweeney, Joe Karp, Will Lanthier, Alex Beaudoin, Daquan Kennedy, Kyle Mcgrain, Nick Mann, Kevin Morgan, Alexa Clark, Kimberly Collins, Justina Hewitt, Jaclyn Latourelle, Gabrielle McCargar, Johanna Mohrs, Chloe Peer, Lauren Reeve, Jacinda Riggs, Brooke Shipman, Kate Stevens, Selena Baillargeon, Claire Bickford, Katherine Sullivan, Elyssa Valentin, Margaret Augustine, Kasandra Cunningham, Sienna Daviau, Anna Izzo, Samantha Martin, Alisha Snyder Morris, Grace Sullivan, Jateaya Wright, Annie Frenette, Regan Kieffer, Blair Moody, Julia Murray, Vanessa Salamy


The Knights finished 3-4 on the boys’ side a season ago, while the girls had a rough outing with just one victory.

Seton Catholic, though, continues to turn out powerful distance runners with Freshman Margaret Champagne and junior Melissa Whyman both returning on the girls’ team. Senior Lauren Grant looks to lead the way in the sprints and jumps, while Maddy Munn, Maddison Murnane and Paige Spittler will all be key contributors.

A big loss to graduation on the boys’ squad is Barrett Waling, who is currently running for RPI. But, the Knights have a lot of strong performers returning in Mitchell Ryan, Cody Quantock, Evan Bresette, Evan Page and Joe Aabye.

Athletes lost

James Downs, Nikita Grivoryev, Barrett Waling.

Athletes returning

Joe Aabye, Kaden Baugh, Evan Bresette, Chris Kustos, Sam Lafrance, Steven Murray, Evan Page, Cody Quantock, Mitchell Ryan, Nathan Vanherp, Erik Ziemer, Margaret Champagne, Dana Chapman, Christina Durgan, Maddy Munn, Maddison Murnane, Paige Spittler, Melissa Whyman.


Kyle Pellerin, Hector Valor-Gomez, Gabe Welch, Rebecca DuMars, Lauren Grant, Carolyn Spittler, Gretchen Zalis.


The Sentinel boys had a strong season in 2012 with a 6-1 record and third-place finish at the Section VII championships.

The season was culminated when then sophomore Jay Hebert captured the Federation title in the 110 hurdles. Hebert, now just a junior, returns to defend his title and improve on his time. Ticonderoga will also look to Javeed Nazir, Shawn Silliman, Justyn Granger and Cody Shaner.

The girls went 3-4 a season ago, and return only five athletes from last year’s team. Rebecca Barber, Ashlyn LaPerle, Aspen Olcott, Naomi Forkas and McKenzie Price will all be looked to for leadership and strong showings to lead the Sentinels this season.

Athletes lost

Jacob Demarais, Ben Karkoski, Corey King, Josh Rosh, Andrew Tersteege, Dennis Townes, Delaney Bush, Miranda Davis, Abigail Gurney, Jordan Quesnel, Courtney Shaner, Tabitha Taylor.

Athletes returning

Steven Bussey, Brandon Charbanealt, James Cook, John Cook, Matt Cook, Martin Glazer, Coleman Granger, Justyn Granger, Jay Hebert, Marcus Moser, Cody O’Hara, Ryan Price, Javeed Nazir, Kody Parrott, Cody Shaner, Shawn Silliman, Zechariah McLaughlin, Keegan Tierney, Milo Thurban, Rebecca Barber, Ashlyn LaPerie, Aspen Olcott, Naomi Forkas, McKenzie Price.


Stephen Bartlett, Tyler Londermilk, Aaron Russell, Skyler Gilbert, Taylor Coffin, Sean Laurie, Liz Aranquiz, Constance Bailey, Lillith Ida, Natasha LaFrance, McKinsey Price, Josie Worley, Hailey Kuhl, Casey Hargett, Meg McDonald, Cassidy McVee, Kady Sharrow.