Kiara Bonilla took over the coaching reins a year ago at Bristol Central, leading the Rams to another bright season, and this season they should continue the winning tradition established by former coach Mike Forgione over the past 10 years or so with her at the helm.
The Rams will be the area’s top team and will once again give it their all for conference bragging rights, while also making noise at the state level.
Bristol Eastern should continue to go above .500 for the season, with St. Paul and Terryville looking to work to get closer to that mark.
There are some athletes with the potential to place well at their respective state meets.
Head coach: Kiara Bonilla (2nd year)
Last year: 9-2
Key losses: Hannah Jones, Ashley Cummings and Christiana Peabody in distance; Olivia Savino, hurdler and jumper; Nicole Pizzaro, sprinter and jumper.
Key returnees: Shy-Ann Whitten, Meghan Curtis, Paige Hinton, Desarae Johnson, Adalia Malick, Alexandria Sirko, Kaiya Alexander, Mia Hinton.
Outlook: “Having lost the seniors from last season will leave us with big shoes to fill,” Bonilla said. “But we have a lot of great leaders in the upperclassmen.”
Shy-Ann Whitten is looking to have another big season for the Rams in the jumping events, having qualified for the Class L meet in the triple jump and long jump last year.
Seniors Paige Hinton and Meghan Curtis are coming off strong indoor seasons and will be assets in the distance events.
“Desarae Johnson will be looking to qualify for the state meet again in the javelin,” Bonilla said. “Mia Hinton and Adalia Malick are coming into this season with past success and are excited to get back on the track.
“We also have a lot of freshmen and sophomores that came out for the team this year who are showing great potential. Sophomore Kaiya Alexander had a great indoor season, throwing 34-3 in the shot put. The future looks bright.”
Head coach: Tony Floyd
Last year: 20th at Class L meet
Key losses: Vanessa Floyd, Jillian LeBeau and Jenalle Tobon.
Key returness: Alyssa Lavoie, Kailey Laprise, Maggie Santacroce, Hope Johnsky, Brooke Dauphinee and Kayla Hardin.
Outlook: “We’re a very young team,” Floyd said. “Our strengths are the sprints, distance and middle distance. Our weaknesses are inexperience and depth in the field events. If our field events come around well, we’ll have a lot of success.”
Head coach: Jim Husbands (9th year)
Last year: 2-10
Key returnees: Seniors Kayleigh Grustas and Alena Hauer in the pole vault, senior Adrianna Lopez in springs and long jump, junior Hannah Duffany in the javelin and high jump, junior Melissa Lyder in the long jump, and sophomore Kaitlyn Bielecki in distance.
Outlook: The four prospects with the most potential success in the NVL will be Lopez, Duffany, Lyder and Bielecki.
Team depth will be a concern, with many freshman and sophomores who are unproven at this point in time.
There is a lack of numbers, so the success of the season will be based on the individual improvements of the younger athletes.
“With hard work, continued improvement and a little luck, this could be a very good year for individual achievement and honors,” Husbands said.
Head coaches: Jeff Foulds and Chris Perkins
Last year: 2-7
Key loss: Joanna Johnson.
Key returnees: Senior Mary Stefano, juniors Bella Christiana, Jordan Conklin and Jordon Pilbin, and sophomores Madison Maske and Emily Morgan.
Outlook: Several of the returning athletes have the potential to be multi-event scorers this season and this should bode well for the Kangaroos during the championship season. Nonnewaug is favored to win it all.
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