St. Johnsbury Academy
Coach: Chip Langmaid (21st year)
Last Year's State Finish: Boys, 2nd; Girls, 5th
Graduation Losses: Ben Bunnell, Skylar Lobdell, Devon Biggie, Juan Ramon Felix, Elijah Doerfler, Ethan Goss, Nate Perry, James Fitzhugh, Yuan Cheng, Stan Walden, Felicia Hammer, Hannah Valence, Allison Brown.
Returnees: Dage Minors, Sr.; Brandon Legendre, Sr.; Nate Solnit, Sr.; Will Kyle, Jr.; PJ Wright, Jr.; Kevin Driscoll, Jr.; Andrew Mazzonna, Jr.; Zack Dickerson, Soph.; Robert Boardman, Soph.
Newcomers: Sullivan Kiley, Sr.; Bowen Christopher, Sr.; David Duong, Sr.; Tyler Dixon, Jr.; Camden Beck, Soph.; Callum Henning, Soph.; Jacob Billings, Soph.; Will Jones, Soph.; Zi Jian, Soph.; Kyle Adams, Fr.; Zac Favreau-Smith, Fr.; Evan Newman, Fr.; Caleb Stevens, Fr.
Returnees: Robin Vincent, Jr.; Quinn Bornstein, Jr.; Macy Towle, Jr.; Riley Barter, Jr.; Stephanie Hammer, Jr.; Brigette Rankin, Jr.; Erin Hudson, Soph.; Molly Mulcahy, Soph.; Felisha Olmstead, Soph.
Newcomers: Sophie Martin, Jr.; Rawniesha Davis, Jr.; Irene Devereaux, Soph.; Jessica Remick, Soph.; Leticia Chen, Soph.; Angela Zhou, Soph.; Caroline Lee, Soph.; Phoebe Christopher, Fr.; Bettina Hammer, Fr.; Bailey Hudson, Fr.; Allie Peck, Fr.; Jessica Poulin, Fr.; Chelsea Waldner, Fr.
Runners To Watch: On the boys side, Minors and Legendre. "They're looking very, very strong," Langmaid said. "Both should be in the top five [in the state.]" Langmaid calls Henning "a very, very talented runner. We'll see how he fits in." On the girls side, Vincent and Bornstein will lead a deep girls team with Olmstead, Mulcahy, and Barter looking to score consistently.
Outlook: On the boys side, "everything starts with Dage and Brandon," Langmaid said, adding he needs "those guys who ran well in JV ... to step it up. I think they're capable." Langmaid said it will be important for at least two Hilltoppers to "be in sight of Dage and Brandon." On the girls side, Langmaid hopes to give two-time defending state champion Champlain Valley Union something to think about. "We're pushing it very hard," he said. "We have zero seniors. If we don't get them this year, we've got next year. We're somewhat young, but we're experienced."
North Country Union
Coach: Chris Shaffer (5th year, 3rd as head coach)
Last Year's State Finish: Boys, 10th; Girls, 8th
Graduation Losses: Trevor Howell, Dave Durivage, Harry Foster, Stephanie Watson, Caitlyn Smith, Erika Fortin, Amber Lampiris-Tremba.
Returnees: Dan Decelles, Sr.; Ben Dillner, Sr.; Brad Dopp, Sr.; Alex Charbonneau, Jr.; Ross DeLaBruere, Jr.; Fred Petzoldt, Jr.; Patrick Tetreault, Soph.; Sam Brunnett, Soph.; Andrew Franklin, Soph.; Wyatt Hamby, Soph.
Newcomers: Alex Cope, Soph.; Alex Cotnoir, Soph.; Zachary Charbonneau, Fr.; Neil DeLaBruere, Fr.; Sam Dillner, Fr.; Parker LaCourse, Fr.
Returnees: Annie Arcoleo, Sr.; Haley Jo Tetreault, Sr.; Jade Dandurand, Jr.; Laura Smith, Jr.; Jordan Howell, Soph.; Maggie Stewart, Soph.
Newcomers: Gina Basiliere, Sr.; Cassy O'Connor, Sr.; Brianna Grimm, Jr.; Adele Woodmansee, Jr.; Gabriela Fort, Soph.; Rebeckah Young, Soph.; Hannah Chitambar, Fr.
Runners To Watch: Haley Jo Tetreault and Ross DeLaBruere. "She's coming in strong physically and mentally," Shaffer said of Tetreault, adding, "Ross is ready to go."
Outlook: On the girls side, Shaffer said "there is pack of them behind Haley. If they can close that gap, it could be interesting at the state meet." On the boys side, Shaffer has "a very strong group -- Ross flanked by all those sophomore boys. They're a lot stronger than last year." Shaffer said he expects the seniors and juniors "to show marked improvement from last year. This is by far the strongest boys team that I've had."
Coach: Jack Harris (2nd year)
Graduation Losses: Eric Mentes, Tucker Morehouse, Meghan Mitchell, Tory Griffith, Sarah Hinkley
Returnees: Jason Harris, Sr.; Ayan Cole, Sr.; Gordon Haslam, Jr;, Erica Thrailkill, Sr.; Cassidy Newland, Sr.; Chantell Mathewson, Soph; Thora Whitcomb-Paulson, Sr.
Newcomers: Keegan Wilson, Jr.; Colton Simineau, Fr.; Kylie Harris, Fr.; Casie Bean, Fr.
Runners To Watch: Ayan Cole, Jason Harris
Outlook: Having a another small team, the Lyndon Institute Vikings will hold our own through the season," coach Harris stated. "We are looking for lead runners Ayan Cole and Jason Harris to make improvements throughout the year building toward our state meet, with Gordon Haslam and newcomers Keegan Wilson and Colton Simineau adding team points. On the girls side, Cassidy Newland and Erica Thrailkill should lead the ladies with newcomer Kylie Harris helping out."
Lake Region Union
Division II (Girls); Division III (Boys)
Coach: Greg Hennemuth (14th year)
Last Year's State Finish: Girls, 6th; Boys, no team
Graduation Loss: Canaan McKenzie
Returnee: Cody Doloff, Jr.
Newcomer: Ryan Streeter, Fr.
Returnees: Olivia Lapierre, Sr.; Elise Morissette, Sr.; Emily Millar, Jr.; Emily Close, Soph.; Emily Lawson, Soph.; Haley Kennedy, Soph.
Newcomer: Anaka Maher, Fr.
Runners To Watch: Doloff and Close. "Cody is ready," Hennemuth said. "Cody is strong. His form looks a lot better. [Emily] is looking really top notch. She's going to be somebody to look out for." Hennemuth added that Lapierre's form is "100 percent better than last year."
Outlook: "Elise is a good leader for the Rangers," Hennemuth said. "She's really into it. She'll lead our team with spirit and experience." The Rangers will not be able to field a boys team this season and the girls, while formidable, will need to stay healthy to field a competitive team in D-II. "This thing could all fall apart," Hennemuth said. "We need to have more runners like (graduated senior) Canaan McKenzie -- a senior who was so busy... but he still had his mind on cross country. He nearly pulled off his best time at state last year. We have a legacy. I'd like to convey that to our young runners: 'This is what it can be'."
Coach: Nancy Soucy
Graduation losses: Tony Pafari, Jenna Anan.
Newcomers: Eric Schafer, Alexis Long, Kyle Maynor and Katelynn Pelletier.
Returnees: Dylan Hartford, Conor Soucy, Kaylee Champagne, Kelsey Champagne, Serena Anan, Ciara Ferland and Eric Pilgrim.