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Falcons boys' track team preview
RUMFORD -- Seeing double may be exactly what is needed for the Mountain Valley boys' track team because it has the numbers available that is necessary to be competitive.
The Falcons have smaller available students and like other schools in the Mountain Valley Conference, have the student-athletes competing in two or more events. This has reduced team members from specializing in one event.
''Our team has remained mostly in tact from last season," said coach JT Taylor. ''We hope to build on our middle distance depth, and we should have competitive relay teams this year. We have a few new faces this year that can help fill events and make us a threat to win some regular season meets.''
The returning senior lettermen include Garrett Carver – mid-distance; Will Cunningham – mid-distance, javelin; Andrew Phelps – sprints, long jump; Alex Witas – sprints and Jeremie DeTellis – mid-distance. The juniors are Shawn Bennett – mid-distance, high jump; and Nate Fitzpatrick – hurdles, mid-distance. ''
We should be strong in the high jump with our only state qualifier (Shawn Bennett) returning to this event this year,'' said Taylor. ''Throwing events, long and triple jump, 110 hurdles, and race walk will be the events we will need to improve. Some of our newcomers will have to step up and fill those events.''
Brandon Gill – distance, triple jump, Brandon Daigle – sprints and Teddy McGlaughlin – distance are rreturning sophomores. The Falcons lone key loss was Brett Beauchesne – high jump, triple jump who transferred.
Taylor said during preseason an emphasis was on looking to build a base fitness level, especially for the athletes that did not play a winter sport. 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. The throwers are hitting the weight room to work on explosive strength and quickness.
There is several newcomers: senior Zach Gonzalez – throws; junior Nicklas DuPont – sprints; soph. Nate Boucher – sprints and Cody Cunningham – mid-distance; fr. Holden Blauvelt – mid-distance, Kaleb Gatchell – sprints and Nate Blodgett – high jump.
Lisbon is a perennial power in the MVC conference, largely due to their large team and consistent performances; they will be strong as usual.