Indoor track season to begin this weekend

  • jaffrey, conant, track, monadnock invitational with ConVal, Mascenic, WLC
  • jaffrey,  conant track meet, mascenic, WLC
  • jaffrey, conant, track, monadnock invitational with ConVal, Mascenic, WLC

All three local indoor track teams will travel to the University of New Hampshire this Saturday for the opening meet of the season.

It can be a difficult season for the athletes, who have to practice in the cold, in their school’s hallways or off-site at the Hampshire Dome in Milford or the Franklin Pierce University Bubble. Then each weekend, they must make the drive at least two hours to UNH, Dartmouth College or the University of Southern Maine for a meet.

And it is why the teams are significantly smaller than what is seen during the spring season at the three schools. But while the numbers may lack a bit, the talent does not.

Conant and Mascenic will compete in the morning session at UNH on Saturday, while ConVal is part of the afternoon grouping.

ConVal

The Cougars’ numbers under coach Thomas Mbungo are down a little from last year, but there are plenty of reasons for Mbungo to be excited.

He has three state and even New England level shot put throwers in senior Tom Hughes, junior Coty Cadorett and senior Nawyn Meas.

Junior Corey Barrett just missed out on a trip to states last year and Mbungo expects his best sprinter on the boys side to qualify in the 300. Mbungo anticipates junior Riley Henry and sophomore Nick Orr to do well in the middle distance events.

Mbungo is looking for big things out of junior Haley Zanga in the 55 hurdles and junior Shannon Glidden in the distance events.

Conant

Of the Orioles’ 17 athletes, eight are new to the program, giving first-year coach Erin Kelly a mix of talent levels to work with.

Senior Katie Tonyai will look to build off her impressive winter and spring seasons. Tonyai finished in the top three in both the 55 and 300-meter sprinting events at the D-II meet last winter to earn a trip to the New England Championships and should do so once again.

Senior Noah Miller, as well as juniors Colby Whitcomb and Conner Hahnl and sophomore Kyle Moreau will give Conant a strong distance group on the boys side, while juniors Jula Trimble and Stacey young look to do the same for the girls

Mascenic

Senior Elizabeth McGurk will be the only athlete competing for the Vikings this season, but should do well.

She is coming off an impressive cross-country season where she finished fourth in Division III and earned her way into the New England Championships. Coach Yolanda Flamino expects McGurk, who narrowly missed qualifying for the D-II meet last year, to do well in the distance events, primarily the 1,500 and 3,000 meters.

The winter season will also be used as a build up for the spring and McGurk could run in a few shorter events for speed work.

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