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2009 NE Season Preview

NOTE - The preview is based upon information provided by the coaches of the respective teams and / or team websites and not on the rankings administrator and will be updated towards the end of the summer. Coaches, please email me your previews by August 18th so that it can be added to this list.

Based on the order of finish from 2008 Regionals with individual losses from 08 Regional Meet and their place

 


Williams - loses Christian 4, Chaffee 12

Amherst - loses Lakehomer 56, Foote 64

While the men will lose the services of two of their varsity runners from last year, they return the heart of the scoring and should be one of the top teams in the region. All-District runners Will Yochum (3:53/ 8:42/ 15:17 and 25:10XC), Daniel Murner (8:35/ 14:39/ 30:43 and 25:20XC), Carlyle Eubank (8:47/ 15:03/ 25:25), Jimmy Swanson (4:09 and 25:40) and Eric Holaday (32:25 and 25:20) all have National Championship experience and will look to lead the team back to the national Championships. 08 injured Ben Mears also has run at the Championships and if healthy, will add experience and depth to the squad. Murner set school records in the 5k indoors with his 14:47 and the 10k (30:43) as well as running 14:39 outdoors to qualify for Nationals and has established himself as one of the leading individuals for the fall. Will Bell (3:58) and Steve Corsello (4:15) each had great track seasons in the 1500 / Mile and are looking to the fall with hopes of contributing to the success of the team, as is Steeplechaser John McGrail (9:41 and 8:45 indoor 3k). While the region should be a very strong one again, with several teams returning a lot of talent, Amherst hopes to challenge for a NESCAC Championship before setting its sights on the Districts and then trying to break into the Top Ten at the National Championships. A very solid incoming class could help to provide some much needed depth and even see some contributions at the varsity level as they adjust to the increase in distance and the acclimation to college life. Adron Pitmon (VT), Patrick Grimes (MA), Andrew Erskine (CT), and Dillon Buckley (DE) amongst a few other first years should help to build upon the success of the program and provide a great foundation to continue our success.

Trinity - loses Norte 3, Moorehead 7, Burnstein (Transfer) 13

Brandeis - loses Stone 50

We return all five scorers from the team that finished 20th at nationals, plus add a number of runners who should provide us with both a strong up front group and excellent depth. Paul Norton '11 returns after a sophomore year that saw him improve to 9th at regionals (and 39th at nationals). He continued that improvement on the track, running 8.32 indoor, 14.48 and 30.31. Chris Brown '12 and Marc Boutin '12 had stellar freshman campaigns, finishing 22nd and 23rd respectively at regionals. Both should be much improved over 8k after a year of experience. Kerwin Vega '11 was our #2/#3 runner for most of the season and finished 54th at regionals despite getting sick the week of the race. He was also our 4th scorer at nationals. Zack Schwartz '11 was our 5th scorer at nationals and continued his improvement indoors running a 3k pr of 8.49. Joining this group will be two runners, Devon Holgate '11 and Alex Kramer '13, who should step right in at the very front of our squad. Holgate showed his potential by running a 4.14 mile indoors (and 8.47 for 3k) after limited training. Incoming freshman Kramer ran a 9.17 2-mile while finishing 2nd at the MA State Champs. He was also the New England HS indoor mile champion and ran 15.18 for 5000m while finishing 7th at NIN. Others who should make an impact are Dan Anastos '11 (8.45 3k indoors), Ben Bray '11 (4.19 mile), Sam Donovan '11 (4.22 mile) and Alex Hulse '12 (26.13 8k as a freshman).

Bowdoin - loses MacFarlane 34

Middlebury - loses Wambach 40, Johnson 72

I graduate only 2 from last year's top seven at Regionals: #3 Rainey Johnson (40th) and #6 Jack Wambach (72nd). My top returning runner is soph. Michael Schmidt (27th) and Senior Peter Hoffman (38th) should make a major contribution. Depending on how they develop and adjust to the 8K distance I have seven incoming FY's who could break into the top seven. Time will tell.

Keene St - loses Garrity 65, McPherson (Transfer)

MIT - loses Cohen 29, Ruzevick 49, Trevor Rundell 58 

On the men's side we graduated #2 Jake Ruzevick, #3 Yermie Cohen and #6 Trevor Rundell. Time will tell if Hemu Arumugam, Gihan Amarasiriwardena, Jack Bourbonnais, Dan Harper, Paul Welle and Richard Prevost can step up and get the job done. Given the increase in racing distance it is not as likely that our freshmen will have an impact but a number of them have the potential. Brian Conn from Ann Arbor, MI, Adam Delton from Fresno, CA, Kyle Hannon from Park Ridge, IL, Dmitrij Petters from Bellevue, WA and David Way from Elmhurst, IL all could be among the top seven by the end of the season. The men should be favorites to win the NEWMAC Championship and have a reasonable chance to contend for one of the top five positions in the New England Region.

Southern Maine - loses Downing 70

Conn College - loses Murtagh 6

Connecticut College lost #1 man and Cross Country National qualifier (6th at NESCAC, 6th at Regionals, 38th at NCAAs) and Track and Field All-American Brian Murtagh to graduation. However, the Camels, who placed one point out of 4th place at NESCACs last fall and 10th at the New England Regionals, return almost all of the rest of their top 7 from last year including junior Shawn Mulcahy (8th at NESCAC, 41st at Regionals), sophomore Doug Wright (26th at NESCAC, 76th at Regionals and 3rd in NESCAC 5000 Outdoors), junior Nate Lovitt (48th at Regionals), junior Andy Patton (93rd at Regionals), and junior Colin Gallant (153rd at Regionals). The teams' depth will be bolstered by the addition of 11 new harriers expected to join the team this fall, and the return of junior Dave Aigler who ran in CONN's top seven in 2007 but who did not compete last fall.

Tufts

With 12 of the top 14 athletes returning from a year ago, and all returning stronger than ever, the team cannot help but take a big step forward. Add to the mix an incredibly energetic, talented, and hardworking freshmen class and it is a recipe for some hard-earned spots on the TUXC championship squads. Leading the way for the Jumbos this year will be the trio of seniors Jesse Faller, Nick Welch, and Ryan Lena. Faller, a 4-time All American, finished as the runner up at last years regional championships and went on to earn his 2nd cross country All American honors with his 35th place at the National Championships. He ran on the 3rd place DMR team at the National Championships with his 4:08 anchor leg and improved his PR’s to 14:26 and 3:51 in the outdoor season. Welch, a 2x All NE XC runner, joined Faller at the NCAA Championships indoors in the 5,000m after running 14:39 last winter. He and Lena both focused on the 3,000m steeplechase in the spring running 9:37 and 9:36 respectively. Lena had a strong showing last fall after finishing 19th at the NESCAC Championships.
Also returning from last seasons top 7 are Jeff Ragazzini, Jerzy Eisenberg-Guyot, Chris Brunnquell, and Connor Rose. Ragazzini took his 1500m time down to 3:59 last spring and Connor Rose saw his 800m time improve to 1:55. Eisenberg-Guyot finished All NESCAC in the 10k for the 2nd straight year while Brunnquell PR’d in the 5k in both the indoor and outdoor seasons.

Bates

Hopefully a team that ends up in the top 10 with an outside shot of going top 5. 6 of 7 returning from last year along with a number of quality additions both as upperclassmen and first years. Returners include : Devin Dilts '11 All Region '08 15:14 indoors 9:36 SC, Doug Brecher '10 All Region '07 15:15 indoors 15:06 PR, Tom Esponnette '11 4:14 indoors, 15:21/3:59 outdoors, Troy Calandra '12 26:11XC 08, 1:57 outdoors, Sean Colligan '12 27:13 at Grafton 08, 15:51 Outdoors, Peter Corcoran '12 1:54 Relay Split, 4:03 Outdoors. Notable Returners Griff Stabler'10 Top seven in 07 abroad 08, Conor Welch '10 26:03 XC 06, 9:34 SC Outdoors 09 Potential Impact first years: James Lepage '13 Greeley HS, Maine 1:57/4:28/16:16 Derryfeild Park, NH, Ken Whitney '13 Conard HS, CT 9:41, Andrew Wortham '13 Newton South, MA 15:40xc/9:40 '08/ injured most of 09

Gordon

Gordon men finished 19th last year, the highest in school history and an improvement from 34th two years ago.  We expect to be stronger this year and hope to crack the top 15 for the first time ever.  We also hope to compete for the Commonwealth Coast Conference title where we were a close 2nd last year.  We lost numbers 1, 2 and 7.  We return our numbers 3-6 including SR Ben McGrath (109th), SR Kirk Vanacore (121st),  JR Andrew Worth (152nd) and SO Marty Maloney (183rd but improved to 4:07 1500).  We also return SO Brian Holahan (29:16 8K XC but improved to 34:55/16:46 in track).  We bring in 8 new freshmen including Josh Porizky (Fitch CT, 16:22 5K XC/9:46 3200/4:21 1600/2:00 800), Max Kronberg (Weston CT, 17:12 5K XC/9:57 3200) and Adam Reinemann (Niskuyana NY, 18:00 5K XC).