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Indoor track program kicks off

TICONDEROGA - The Ticonderoga indoor track program is designed to prepare athletes for the spring outdoor season.

No records are kept, although teams do compete in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference meets at SUNY-Plattsburgh.

The Ti boys team will feature sprinters Michael Barber, David Gall, Miles Austin, Jay Hebert, Derek Bevins, Arto Nadeau, Kelly Dunn, Patrick Lonergan and Jonathan Granger.

Kevin Densmore will compete in the middle distance events, while Joshua Cook and Jay Berube will run the distance races.

Steve Bussey and Josh Ross will throw.

"The boys team will be under going a rebuilding period this season after losing 10 seniors to graduation and having no senior leadership," Coach Walter Thorne said. "We lost two of our best jumpers, Devin and Dustin Scott, our best throwers Tyler Bush, Anthony Contarino and Chris Maldonado, Alex Walters from the distance runners and the main portion of our 4x160 relay team. How quickly our sophomores and freshman develop will be the determining factor how well we do this season."

Megan Moser, Courtney Shaner and Emilee Namer will sprint for the Ti girls team.

Tabitha Taylor will run middle distance, while the distance races will include Alaina Bevilacqua, Jordana Green, Hannah Herbst, Katie Karkoski, Markie teRiele, Anita Zhang and Brittany Holt.

Kristion Gibbs, Abigail Gurney, Jordan Quesnel and Harley Trudeau will throw for the Sentinels.

"With the lost of Ainsley MacAlpine and Lexi Reale, who were both state qualifier last season and the main stay of the record setting girls 4x160 relay team that competed at states last season, and the fact that the team is very young with nine sophomores and four freshman and only two seniors on the team we expect to develop our younger girls and focus on learning the skills and techniques that will be needed for the future," Thorne said.

"Our distance is young and should develop nicely, we will need help in the jumps, sprints and throws," he continued.

Assisting Thorne with the coaching chores are Jay Wells and Phil Kneller.

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