LION LEADERS: Chelmsford High captains, from left, Zachary Jarnagin, Drew Fottler and Connor Nunnery.	COURTESY PHOTOSun staff photos can be ordered by
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ALVIRNE

League: New Hampshire Div. 1

Last Year: 5th in Division 1

Key Losses to Graduation: Noah Bellomo, Mitch Lavoie, Brendan Lavalley

Team Captains: Will Horgan, sr.; Jimmy Descoteau, sr., Josh Laine, jr.

Other Returning Letterwinners: Cameron Mooers, sr.; Justin Carbonneau, jr.; Kyle Dubay, sr.

Promising Newcomers: Paul Balleto, fr.; Dan Rezendes, soph.; Aaron Puleski, fr.; Connor Urbach, soph.; Alec Dubois, fr.; Murray Reynolds, fr.; Jack Marotta, jr.

Coach Tom Daigle (18th year): "I believe if this team continues working as hard as they did this summer and they stay focused, we will have a successful season."

BILLERICA

League: MVC Division 2

Last Year: 3-7

Team Captains: Sean Stefaniak, sr.

; Shawn Stairs, jr.; Jake Loftin, jr.

Other Returning Letterwinners: Jason Abreu, jr.; Aiden Cliff, jr.; Ben Gately, jr.; Cory Lafleur, jr.; Brandon Marion, soph.; Thomas Murmane, jr.; Conor Murphy, jr.; Matt Murphy, jr.; Dylan Walker, jr.

Promising Newcomers: Nate Hull, sr.; Thomas Dinsmore, soph.; Mike O'Connell, jr.; Anthony Paolucci, soph.

Season Opener: Sept. 13 at Lowell, 3:30

Coach TJ Curran (1st season): "I couldn't be more optimistic about this season. It's a close group of kids. I told them that a team that sticks together outside of practice and meets will succeed. I believe a big part of our success is going to be establishing an identity. Billerica is a town of a lot of tough hardworking people and I'd love for us to reflect that.


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We're going to face some more talented teams than us but I know we'll be the most fired up team."

CHELMSFORD

League: MVC Division 2

Last Year: 8-2

Key Losses: Alex Imperillo, David Ibrahim, Peter Cassels

Captains: Zach Jarnagin, sr.; Drew Fottler, sr.; Connor Nunnery, sr.

Other Returning Letterwinners: Mike D'amore, jr.; Andre Danahy, sr.; Philip Destrempe, sr.; Ryan Hayes, jr.; Drew Madsen, soph.; Jeff Morrissey, jr.; Mike Untracht, sr.; Hansel Zeissig, soph.; Evan Platteel, jr.

Promising Newcomers: Luke Abraham, fr.; James Barrett, fr.; Nick Burns, fr.; Matt Carpenter, fr.; Sean Hayes, fr.; Aiden Hennessey, fr.; James Higgins, fr.; Eddie Hughes, fr.; Aiden McNeal, fr.; Zach Larochelle, fr.; Suubi Nkugwa, soph.

Season Opener: Sept. 13 vs Central Catholic, 3:30

Coach Brian Crane (19th season with program): "The key is to try to keep everyone healthy and hope to be running our best in November."

DRACUT

League: MVC Division 2

Last Year: 0-10

Key Losses to Graduation: Matt Cahill, Tyrell Trouville

Returning Letterwinners: Chris Cahill, sr,; Kevin Cox, jr.; Kyle Supernor, jr.; Tyler Pearce, soph.; Lucas St. Louis, fr.; Craig Stuke, jr.

Promising Newcomers: Jovan Aigbekaen, jr.; Harper Soucy, fr.; Andrew Lavender, 8th.

Season Opener: Sept. 13 vs. Lawrence, 4 p.m.

Coach Erik Taber (6th season): "The boys are a young group and everyone is stepping into a different role this season. The top of our lineup will look a lot different than it did last season. This group of boys has worked very hard this offseason and it shows during preseason. We're looking forward to seeing how this group develops from now until November."

GREATER LOWELL

League: Commonwealth Athletic

Key Loss to Graduation: Kevin Scott

Team Captains: Gabriel Pena, sr.; Chad Blanchette, sr.; and Alan Mukundi, sr.

Promising Newcomer: Thomas Kelly, fr.

Season Opener: Sept. 13 vs Shawsheen Tech, 4 p.m.

GROTON-DUNSTABLE

League: Mid-Wach B

Last Year: 4-2 Jacob LLodra, Conor Griffiths, Zack Gavel, Jack Marson

Team Captains: Eli Kritzer, jr.; David Meyers, sr.

Returning Letterwinners: Ryan Cox, jr.; Patrick Daly, soph.; Kyle Luchford, jr.; Thomas Orcutt, soph.; Kyle Zimmer, soph.

Promising Newcomers: Devon Sullivan, sr.; Devin Norton, fr.; Declan Lowney, fr.

Season Opener: Sept. 12 vs Marlboro

Coach Ken Magliozzi: "I think we're young and strong. We are looking forward to a competitive season."

INNOVATION ACADEMY

Key Losses to Graduation: Calvin Lee, Nick Passarelli

Returning Letterwinners: Seth Henry, sr.; Joe Jarvis, sr.; Zach Hamann, sr.; Ethan McTeague, sr.; Josh Sweetland, soph.; Michael Crane, jr.; Joe LaRosa, soph.; Hunter Fagan, jr.

Promising Newcomers: Jack Benoit, fr.; Tommy Crane, fr.;

Coach Kyle Thornton (1st year): "This is a rebuilding year for us. Our underclassmen are looking very strong and will be a driving force in the years to come. My expectations for this season are to have my seniors perform well individually to finish their career on a high note as well as develop our younger runners into a strong group that can contend as a full team in future years."

LITTLETON

League: Mid-Wach D

Last Year: 9-1

Key Losses to Graduation: Nathan Johnson, Chris Kimball

Team Captains: Elias Boone, sr.; Alex Ryzi, jr.; Calvin Rambacher, jr.

Other Returning Letterwinner: Alex Johnson, soph.

Promising Newcomers: Jack Palaia, jr.; Aiden LeDuc, 8th.

Coach Marc Saucier (9th season): "We lost some great seniors so it's going to be a rebuilding year with a lot of new runners on the team."

LOWELL

League: MVC Division 1

Last Year: MVC champions, EMass D1 champions, All-State runner-up

Key Losses to Graduation: Anthony Rodriguez, Chris Polanco, Conor Donovan

Team Captains: Nasir Gibson, sr.; Matt O'Neill, sr.; Carlos Rivera, sr.

Other Returning Letterwinners: Martin Mungai, sr., Colin Fitzpatrick, sr.; Chris Galarza, sr.; Jadiel Pinales, jr.; Joe Ferry, sr.; JC Gonzalez, sr.; Deven Rosa, sr.; Emmanuel Ngoy, sr.; Ian Kiuna, jr.; Tyrese Ferreras, jr.; Marcos Candido, sr.; Malcom Milord, sr.; Jon Cavalcanti, sr.

Promising Newcomers: Sammy Grimes, jr.; Odung Chhean, jr.; Jack Oakes, jr.; Eevn DeFronzo, soph.; Pat Coughlin, soph.; Tucker Descheneaux, jr.; Chris Me, jr.; Don Njobu, sr.; Curtis Mai, jr.; Ricky Thyne, soph.; Cavan Black, soph.; Jaydon Mitchell, soph.; Ijaydis Martinez, soph.; Andrew Kotsifas, jr.; Kelvin Santana, soph.; Kyler Kann, soph.; Matt Porter, jr.; Jaydakis Santell, jr.; Brian Terrero-Batista, jr.; Jesse Gatheca, jr.; Joeben Jacobs, fr.; Derrick Ocascio, fr.; Joel Perez, fr.; Hunter Williams, fr.; Michale Oakes, fr.; Mathew Flores, fr.; James Appiah, fr.; Carlos Rodriguez, fr.

Season Opener: Sept. 13 vs. Billerica, 4 p.m.

Coach Scott Ouellet (1st season head coach; 17th overall): "Well, you don't graduate three Division I college athletes (Polanco, Rodriguez, Donovan) and get better, that's for sure. However, we do return 14 seniors and they are leading the team with a lot of enthusiasm and hard work. So far, we are very impressed with the dedication and willingness to do whatever it takes from everyone on the roster. The cross country season is a grind and we're focused on trying to set ourselves up for the long haul. We have a lot of potential but also a lot to improve on. Staying healthy will be our top priority and if we can manage that, we should be in the mix."

LOWELL CATHOLIC

League: Catholic Central

Last Year: 1-7

Team Captains: Nick Grenier, sr.; Jacob Zawadzki, sr.

Other Returning Letterwinners: John Manatakos, sr., Sean McCullough, sr.; Jack Fitzgerald, soph.; Aiden McManus, soph.

Promising Newcomers: Kevin Gulligani, fr.; Alex Merrill, fr.; Isaiah Taylor, fr.; Keenan Rudy-Phil, fr.; Harry Grayson, 8th; Sean Tully, 8th.

Season Opener: Sept. 19 at St. Joe's Prep.

Coach Paul Poisson: "The girls team is very young but with a lot of potential. We are looking to improve on last year's record."

NASHOBA TECH

League: Colonial Athletic

Last Year: 6-4

Key Losses to Graduation: Devin Urban, Jacob Beirholm, Ben Marson, Charles Clarke, Nic House.

Team Captains: Adam Kubasti, jr.; James Kimball, jr.

Other Returning Letterwinners: Devin Carter, sr.; Noah Depasacreta, jr.; Pete Dillman, jr.; Robert Paris, soph.; Brody Minor, soph.; Riley Meusel, jr.; Jacob DeSilva, jr.; Jacob Driscoll, jr.

Promising Newcomers: Mason St. Pierre, fr.; Joseph Mason, fr.; Connor Mason, fr.; Adam Graham, fr.; Jordan Hasbrouck, jr.; Tyler Alden, soph.

NORTH MIDDLESEX

League: Mid-Wach C

Last Year: 1-4

Key Loss to Graduation: Mike Spooner

Returning Letterwinners: Tim Mahoney, sr.; Rob Doig, sr.; Edward McCarthy, jr.

Promising Newcomer: Rion Crear, soph.

Season Opener: Sept. 14 at Oakmont Regional

Coach Suzanne Williams: "As always, we look forward to putting out best on the line, improving our win/loss record and have fun building a competitive team."

PELHAM

League: New Hampshire Div. 2

Last Year: 3rd at NH D2

Key Losses to Graduation: Allan Vallante, John Msaddi

Team Captain: Cam Starr, sr.

Other Returning Letterwinner: Chris Soucy, sr.

Promising Newcomers: Cam Dufault, soph.; Jake Dumont, fr.

Coach Brandon Hannon (1st year): "I am excited that we have a very young hard working team this year. With the leadership from the underclassmen we look forward to building up a strong team that will be successful for years to come. This season I am very excited to be working with Cam Starr, who shows incredible promise as the top returning runner in N.H. cross country."

SHAWSHEEN TECH

League: Commonwealth Athletic

Last Year: 7-3, 2nd at CAC Meet

Key Losses to Graduation: Jake Ferri, Connor Larson, Tim Burns

Team Captains: Brandon Bicknell, sr.; Mike Cadden, sr.; RJ Page, sr.; Tommy Strow, sr.

Other Returning Letterwinners: Ryan Smith, jr.; Nick Tuccelli, jr.; Jalen Massengill, soph.

Promising Newcomers: Steve Basler, jr.; Vincent Foti, jr.; Dan Lee, fr.; Sam Quattrocchi, fr.; Cameron Rich, fr.; Alex Smith, fr.

Season Opener: Sept. 13 at Gr. Lowell

Coach Patrick Kelly (3rd year): "We are hoping to build upon last year's winning season despite the loss of some outstanding seniors. We have some young talent that could be key contributors."

TEWKSBURY

League: MVC Division 2

Last Year: 9-1, MVC D2 Champs, 2nd at MVC Meet, 3rd at D4 EMass

Key Loss to Graduation: Ben Forest

Returning Letterwinners: Will Andella, soph.; Joey Balboni, jr.; Matt Cahill, jr.; Patrick Carleton, sr.; Stephen Duquette, jr.; Joseph Forest, sr.; Lucas Gondola, jr.; Alec Hirtle, sr.; DJ Naughton, jr.; Josh Pelletier, sr.; Josh Rosado, sr.; Patrick Rosemond, soph.; Casey Ryan, jr.; Jack Sutherland, sr.; Steven Wilson, sr.; Josh Winter, jr.; Jonathan Cabral, jr.; Jacob Winter, jr.; Matthew Brennan, soph.; Colton Rusch, jr.

Promising Newcomers: Zachary Connolly, fr.; Michael Cronin, fr.; Justin Flynn, fr.; Cameron Gondola, fr.; Conor Moynihan, fr.

Season Opener: Sept. 13 vs. Andover, 3:30 p.m.

Coach Peter Fortunato (6th season): "Although we lost a lot of depth from last year, we return three of our top four runners. After that everything is really unknown and to be honest I was very disappointed with the (lack of) running the kids did over the summer, so we'll see what happens."

TYNGSBORO

League: Mid-Wach D

Last Year: 6-2

Key Loss to Graduation: Jared Wolf

Team Captains: James Eastwood, sr.; Corey O'Neill, sr.; Jacob Wennerstrom, sr.

Other Returning Letterwinners: Jacob Nelson, sr.; Nick Tassinari, jr.; Peter Lam, jr.; Nick Andre, fr.; Evan Dowling, fr.

Promising Newcomers: Tyler Neal, jr.; Andrew Parker, jr.; Max Gregoire, 8th; Gabe Pitts, 8th; Luke Kourkoulakos, 8th; Wilson Gramer, 8th; Tyler Gavriel, 8th; Ian Barton, 8th.

Coach Keith O'Brien: "We hope to have a successful cross country season."

WESTFORD ACADEMY

League: Dual County

Last Year: 3-1, co-league champs

Key Losses to Graduation: Zach Goldberg, Matt Downey, Matt Ward

Team Captains: Jason Dolan, sr.; Sean Doherty, sr.; Adam Mullen, sr.

Other Returning Letterwinners: Tom Germann, jr.; Ryan Bowen, sr.; Colin McGinn, soph.; Luke Pearson, jr.; Owen McGee, jr.; Max Gormley, jr.

Promising Newcomers: Justin Liona, fr.; Jacob Gross, soph.; Owen Bramanti, fr.; Connor Fitzgerald, fr.; Ben Foley, fr.; Luke Heitkamp, fr.; Patrick Hickey, fr.; Matthew Keefer, soph.; Jayzon King, fr.; Shankar Navali, fr.; Dadiv Severance, sr.; Mohammed Warde, fr.; Victor Zhao, fr.

Coach Scott Hafferkamp (3rd year): "We have a talented veteran team with a lot of experience, and this will help us in the big meets. A large contingent of new runners will provide a youthful spark."

WILMINGTON

League: Middlesex Freedom

Last Year: 1-6

Key Loss to Graduation: Jason Dunn

Returning Letterwinners: Dillon Greenhalgh, sr.; Jesse Valente, sr.; Ian Proulx, sr.; Adam Curdo, jr.; Kevin Elderd, jr.; Tom Goodwin, jr.; Benjamin Packer, jr.; Vincent De La Cruz, jr.; Brian Elderd, soph.; Greg Adamek, soph.; Patrick McCarthy, soph.; James Valente, soph.; Matthew Chisholm, soph.; Jake Danieli, soph. and Daniel Maienza, soph.

Promising Newcomers: Andrew Dawson, sr.; Max Duong, jr.; Joseph Lydon, soph.; Ryan Packer, soph.; Nolan Kennedy, soph.; Joseph Hartzell, soph.; Thomas Abbott, soph.; Alexander Boehm, soph.; Richard Stuart, soph.; Sean Riley, fr.; Andrew Gallucci, fr.; Derek Gallucci, fr.; Ryan Dunn, fr.; Brian Curdo, 8th; Carter Wright, 8th; Ingus Boothby, 7th.

Season Opener: Sept. 12 vs Belmont.

Coach Brian Schell (4th year): "This year we have a very strong chance of having our first winning season in a very long time because of the depth, because of the younger guys we added, because of the guys we brought back from last year and knowing what other schools are bringing back and not bringing back."