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Falcon girls' track preview
RUMFORD -- For the past several years, the Mountain Valley girls' track team hasn't had the numbers necessary to fill out each event. However, the current group might just have enough depth to make difference.
"Our team is full of new faces eager to get outside and compete," said coach Adam Curato, who was the assistant coach last year. "We look forward to try and develop an understanding of strength and technique with our athletes everyday. Our strength is in the jumping, throwing and sprinting events."
The returning lettermen will be watched closely on the track to provide leadership. The lone senior is Chelsea DeRoehn, who will be concentrating on throws and the long jump. Junior Kaitlynn Virgin (captain) will be busy in long jump, triple jump, high jump and sprints.
A pair of sophomores include captains Abby Parent (throws and sprints) and Sarah Klein (100m hurdles, sprints, long jump).
Virgin qualified for the state meet in the high jump and continued progress is anticipated in all the jumping events. Klein looks to be a strong runner in the 100 and the 100m hurdles. The top thrower, Parent, looks to be ready for another successful year throwing the shot put and running the 100m.
The Falcons only graduated Jamaica Ford and Sam Glover, but the duo each scored in more than one event.
The upside could be the newcomers, which include seniors Amanda Thurston (sprints, long jump, high jump) and Autum Koch (throws), and junior Brittany Gaudet (throws, long jump, hurdles).
A foursome of sophomores include Taylor Smart (sprints), Subin Jung (mid-distance), Brooke Young (throws) and Kaitlynn Theriault (throws, sprints). Freshmen include Valerie DeRoehn (throws, long jump), Alex Durland (mid-distance, throws), Lexi Edwards (mid-distance, sprints, throws), Maddy Kaubrys (sprints, throws, long jump, triple jump) and Alicia White (mid-distance, long jump, triple jump).
"During preseason, we are looking to build a base fitness level, especially for the athletes that did not play a winter sport," said Curato, regarding an outlook. "Practices consist of long, slow, distance and an assortment of body weight exercises to build overall strength twice a week and plyometric training and sprint work twice a week as well. Our throwers are hitting the weight room to work on explosive strength and quickness."