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    Preview: Chariho girls’ track

    Head coach:

    Diane Leith-Doucett (9th season).

    Assistant coaches:

    Kate Moulton, Nate Potter (volunteer).

    Last year:

    Chariho was 1-8 overall and in the Southern Division, finishing ninth out of 10 teams. Top distance runner Liz Hansen graduated.

    Returning to varsity:

    Seniors:

    Haley Duscha (captain), Marisa Longolucco (captain), Paige Ross (captain), Delaney Silvestri (captain), Jocelyn Foraker, Becca Mariani, Evelyn Siler.

    Juniors:

    Danielle Stefanski (captain), Isabel Baker, Arin Demers, Carolyn Duksta, Emily Maxwell, Jess NeJame, Kerry Wallbillich.

    Sophomores:

    Jamie Dobson, Cameron Fournier, Zoe Gunning, Suzanne Healy, Pam Lelli, Allegra Migliaccio, Grace Vargo-Willeford.

    Outlook:

    The turnout of 41 is up eight from last year. The 21 returners are evenly divided among classes and the remaining newcomers are mostly freshmen.

    The team is deep in distance runners, both at the middle and longer distances. About half of the girls are distance runners and a few underclassmen could step up.

    Leading the distance-runnin pack is Baker, who broke the school record in the 800 last year and won the 1,500 in the junior varsity state meet. Duksta should help score at those and in the 3,000 as well.Wallbillich and Lelli are solid in the middle distances.

    The sprinters are much smaller in number. Sylvestri returns in good health and should score well. Demers and NeJame have and should perform well in the hurdles, and Dobson is showing promise in the 200 and 400.

    Katerina Irwin will not be returning in the throws. The school-record breaking hammer thrower is taking her senior-year courses at CCRI, has scheduling conflicts and can’t practice regularly. Maxwell and several up-and-comers will have to take up the slack.

    Duscha returns in the high jump as does Vargo-Willeford in the long jump. A few freshmen may surface as reinforcements.

    Coach’s take

    “Our team is fairly young, but very enthusiastic. A lot of our kids had great indoor seasons and now we have the benefit of better weather (for practice).

    “We have a lot of good teams in the Southern Division, which has very good distance runners. We’re so much deeper and stronger there in our team, but so are the others.

    “As our younger girls develop, that will help us this year, but especially next year as they come into form.



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