High school cross country

As always, BAHS athletes will stay on run

By Staff | Sep 03, 2014

Belfast — The following is a synopsis of the 2014 Belfast Area High School cross-country teams:

Coach/years coached current team: Jo-Ann Nealey, 19th year.

Last year's record/playoff information: Belfast boys finished 16-18, ninth (202 points) at the Eastern Class B championships and seventh (152 points) at the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B championships. The Belfast girls finished 4-24-3, did not score as a team at the Eastern Class B championships and finished eighth (189 points) at the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B championships.

Rosters: The boys include seniors Will Hyland, Roger Quehl, Aidan Ripley and Billy Wessels; juniors Jordan Bickford, Patrick Groening, Noah Howard, Kevin Miller, Alex Morsey and Jackson Winslow; sophomores Zane Bielenberg, Tyler Noyes and Noah Thomas; and freshman William Bickford, Chase Curry, Tylor Curtis, Nathaniel Morsey, Carter Patterson and Ricky Smith.

The girls include senior Kimmie Eynon; junior Hannah White; sophomore Hannah Richards; and freshmen Grace Bonarrigo, Zoe Deans, Emily Joliffe and Starr Warner.

Known graduation losses: Douglas Wich, Ethan Merrifield, Ari Snider, Hendrik Andrews, Cassie Howard, Romy Carpenter and Kelsey Grass.

Significant impact runners: Ripley, Groening, Quehl, Noyes, Jordan Bickford and Hannah Richards.

Team strength: Motivated athletes who work hard.

Team goals: To set personal bests throughout the season and to qualify for the state Class B championships.

Top league opponents: Unavailable.

Outlook: The boys will have a legitimate shot to qualify for the state Class B championships if they can remain healthy, while the girls have more than half their squad comprised of freshmen, which means they likely will feel some growing pains as the season rolls on.

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