Preview capsules for area high school boys cross country teams which reposnded to The Courant's request for information. Compiled by Lori Riley:
Coach: Walter Sullivan
Top runners: Robbie Macon-Wells, jr.; Joe Petrone, sr.; Garrett Choiniere, so.; Tom Vose, fr.
Of note: Macon-Wells was the team's No. 1 runner as a freshman but was injured last year and Petrone is a four-year varsity runner.
Last year: 7-0
Coach: Brian Graca
Top runners: Joe Crafa, sr.; James Wang, sr.; David Wang, sr.; Alex Tan, jr.
Of note: Crafa is one of the top runners in the state and the next three are strong but the Terriers need to find a fifth man.
Last year: 13-1, Class MM champions
Coach: Brandon Elliott
Top runners: Colin Sauter, sr.; Connor Lafontaine, jr.
Of note: Young team returns for the defending Class MM champions.
Last year: 6-2
Coach: John Provencher
Top runners: Andrew Bertini, sr.; Evan Ferguson-Hull, sr.; Teddy Moyak, sr.; Brendon Rossmeisl, sr.
Of note: Five starters graduated but 50-plus runners are out for the team.
Last year: 3-4
Coach: Chip Apfelbaum
Top runners: Matt Simoneau, sr.; Matt Chisholm, jr.; Edward Tomasso, so.; Palmer Weimann, so.
Of note: Simoneau and Chisholm are coming off good track seasons but team lacks depth.
Last year: 11-3
Coach: Tom Butterfield
Top runners: Jason Solinsky, sr.; Chris Ahlquist, jr.; Zachary Magin, jr.; Ari Klau, so.; Grant O'Connor, so.
Of note: Butterfield has good numbers – 62 runners out for the team – but only has one experienced senior and two experienced juniors.
NORTHWEST CATHOLIC-WEST HARTFORD
Coach: Scott Fletcher
Top runners: Joe Doyle, sr.; Anthony Ravosa, sr.
Of note: Northwest lost top runner Brian Poirier to graduation; Doyle finished 11th at the Class SS meet last year.
Last year: 8-7
Coach: Rich Niro
Top runners: Nick Garcia, sr.; Nick Monteleone, sr.; Joe Pappalardo, sr.; Ben Gibbons, sr.; Damiean Florian, jr.; Finn Gordon, jr.; Colin Murphy, jr.
Of note: Three experienced runners – Garcia, Monteleone and Pappalardo – lead a young, talented group.
Last year: 11-0
Coach: Howie Breinan
Top runners: Ryan Shiring, sr.; Patrick Shiring, sr.; Ryan Day, sr.; Tom Chamberlin, jr.; Hayes Watson, sr.
Of note: A deep, well-balanced team but lacking a star.
Last year: 14-2
Coach: Peter Anthony
Top runners: Ethan Gasta, jr.; Ryan Karzar, sr.; Connor Grothe, sr.; Cooper Gaslin, jr.; Ken Erikson, jr.
Of note: Four of the top seven return, including Gasta, who was No. 1 last year.
Last year: 0-4
Coach: Charles Silvan
Top runners: Carlton Randolph, sr.; Darius Jones, jr.; Josh Jones, jr.
Of note: A young team without a lot of depth.
Last year: 4-3
Coach: Celeste Over
Top runners: Alex Cheney, so.; Dillon Vibes, jr.; Kevin Boudreau, so.; Rajay Hinds, so.; Sam Crisanti, sr.
Of note: Over is in her first year as coach and has a talented young team.
Last year: 18-8, Class S champions
Coach: Paul Smith
Top runners: Brendan Callahan, sr.; Chris Armstrong, sr.
Of note: Callahan and Armstrong helped the team to a Class S title last year and Bolton has another strong top eight ready to challenge for the championship again.
Last year: 17-9
Coach: Ed Grace
Top runners: Alex Norstrom, jr.; Chris Grupe, jr.; Hunter Byram, jr.; Adam Grace, so.; Brandon Medina, jr.; Luke Brissette, jr.; Doug Pellerin, so.
Of note: Top four are solid but depth could be an issue.
Last year: 6-7
Coach: Michael Niziolek
Top runners: Cullen Roberts, sr.; Robert Baumman, sr.; Nick Coleman, sr.; Mark Erwin, sr.; Chris Higgins, sr.
Of note: Ten runners graduated from last year's 6-7 team.
Last year: 0-13
Coach: Brian Carroll
Top runners: Nathan Sheffer, sr.; Vinnie Russo, so.; Justin Mazza, jr.; Ryan Podain, sr.
Of note: Windsor Locks has more depth this season.
Last year: 5-4
Coach: Jim Bennett
Top runners: Trey Phillips, jr.; Ben Kaplan, jr.; Jack Bonadies, jr.; Mark Fusco, so.
Of note: Bennett hopes a good summer of training will translate into a good race for his team in the Class L meet.
Last year: 6-2
Coach: Christopher Stonier
Top runners: Mitchell Brown, sr.; Zachary Williams, jr.; Peter Strom, sr.
Of note: State Open runners-up lost two starters and are always a perennial power.
Coach: Scott Wojnarowicz
Top runners: Dhahran Velasquez, jr.; Devin Nelson, jr.
Of note: With all varsity runners returning and Velasquez, who finished fifth in Class S and 12th at the State Open, Prep hopes to improve this year on its third-place Class S finish.
Last year: 4-1
Coach: Hildie Heck
Top runners: Josh Alabre, jr.; Jonathan, Mcneil, sr.; Emerson Dang, so.; Luke Rohan, sr.
Of note: Young team but hard-working and dedicated.
Coaches: Doug McGough, Rich Dean
Top runners: Aaron Kelleher, jr.; Jared Darius, so.; Luke Grandpre, so.
Of note: Top two runners (Darius and Grandpre) return to lead a young team.
Coach: Paul Dominy
Top runners: Nate Dominy, sr.; Trevor Dominy, fr.; Cameron Dominy, sr.; Sam Ballek, sr.
Of note: Nate Dominy is one of the top runners in the conference.
Coach: Meaghan Lynch
Top runners: Josh Dobratz, jr.; Colin McGowan, jr.; Ryan Mills, so.; Adam Litwinko, so.; Emilio Santiago, so.