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Dirigo track preview
DIXFIELD -- The performances in track is two-fold and it comes down to either the fastest time or the great distance, which Dirigo believes it has on both the girls' and boys' teams who will make a difference.
The Cougars could be starting out behind the eight-ball because of the lack of a regular track. But the student-athletes do a prolific job while utilizing the surrounding areas, football field at Harlow Park, Nash Street, high school parking lot to push each other. The team is also been being bused up to the track, encompassing Chet Bulger Field at the Hosmer Complex.
''There is no excuses to be made,''head coach Gunnar Bradbury said, regarding his philosophy. ''The kids need to be willing to work hard and put in the extra effort. If they work on their events on their own time, also, it will make things easier when it counts the most.''
A trio of girls, seniors Sylvia Lutich and Kayla Gaudin, and freshman Sabrina Daoud, have proven to be within 100th of a second of each other in 100 meters. Lutich and Daoud are equally close in 200 meters.
Gaudin has excelled in the shot put, along with Jessica Conant. But, Conant also performs well in the 800 and 1600.
''Jessica should also do well in the 4x400 and 800 relay teams,'' said Bradbury, who requires team members to do more than one event, but one must be running. ''I also coach her in cross country and her potential is great...just hope she gets there.''
Krystal Blood will score in 1600 and 3200. Freshman Caline Bolduc is strong in relays.
The depth continues with Cassie Dumont and Rachel Knight in discus; Kayla Perry, middle-long distance and shot put; Ming Fing Snore in hurdles and Natalie Bolduc in 3200.
On the boys' side, senior Nick Young will be strong in 100, 200 and 400 meters, plus relays.
''Nick has great speed,'' said Bradbury. ''But he also has the endurance and with the combination of the two, he might not realize how good he can be, yet.''
Mike Chow is solid in 100, while Jason Baldinelli has looked strong in relays, 400-800 and javelin.
Newcomers in middle-long distance, Seth Tashney, Ethan Cantin and Sam Rock and freshman Ben Buck in relays.