Tim Champlin

Tim Champlin

Head coach: Bill Haberek (30th season). Assistant coach: Keith Croteau.

Last year: Chariho finished 8-1 in the Southern Division. The Chargers placed third at the division and Class B meets.

Returning to varsity:

Seniors: Josh Benros (jumps), Matt Brady (throws, captain), Tim Champlin (distance, captain), Matt Dickerman (mid. distance, captain), Noah Rogers (throws). Juniors: Kyle Merritt (jumps, pole vault, captain), Connor Montague (mid. distance), Dan Nimiroski (distance), Sam Steere (distance), Coval Wild, (sprints, captain). Sophomores: Nate Berry (mid. distance), Sullivan Cummins (mid. distance), C.J. Elwell (hurdles, distance), James Penhallow (distance), Finn Weeden (distance).

New to varsity:

Junior: Nolan Lajoie (jumps). Freshmen: Gary Gardiner (throws), Joe Golas (distance), Mike Sheehan (sprints), Riley Thayer (distance), Nekoda Thompson (sprints, jumps).

Outlook: Chariho has quality and experienced runners in Champlin and Penhallow.

Champlin was sixth in the 1,600 at the state meet last season, and Penhallow has put together solid seasons in cross country and indoor track

Merritt was fourth at the state meet in the pole vault, missing All-State by one spot. Golas and Cummins should contribute in the middle distances.

Chariho has 45 athletes on the roster, 23 of whom are new to the team including 10 freshmen.

“The sprints and jumps are looking better than they did in the indoor season,” Haberek said. “We have good numbers in the throws.”

Coach’s take: “I am pretty excited about the new kids and the quality of the captains. We have good leadership. I think we can be pretty competitive.”

Keith Kimberlin

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