Cavaliers striving for consistency

With the indoor track season now underway, we can expect the usual suspects to be competing for the state titles.

In Division I, the Pinkerton Academy boys have dominated the competition of late, winning four straight championships. A fifth consecutive title is definitely within reach.

While the Astros are the favorite again, along with last year’s runner-up, Londonderry, both Nashua public schools have been getting some attention as potential sleeper picks.

The Panthers and Titans are two of the few teams to boast an impressive senior class. Merrimack, which finished third in the division last season, is also expected to compete for the crown.

On the girls side, Bedford won its first championship in 2015, ending Bishop Guertin’s incredible 12-year run. While these schools generally put together strong teams, both lost some talented athletes to graduation, perhaps opening the door for a local team to step in and make some noise.

Coaches are once again picking the quartet of Bedford, Bishop Guertin, Pinkerton and Londonderry as the D-I frontrunners.

In Division II, the Portsmouth boys will look to finish in the top two for the fourth straight year, although runner-up Souhegan will certainly be giving chase.

The Coe-Brown girls will look to win a fourth-straight title, although Oyster River and Milford are also expected to be in the running for the crown. The Spartans haven’t won a championship since 2009, but they had back-to-back second-place finishes in 2012 and 2013.

Boys

Hollis Brookline

COACH: Yolanda Flamino (3rd Season)

LAST YEAR: n/a

TOP RETURNERS: Oliver Fetter, Andrew Bisbee, Jack Barbour, Markus Akatyszewski, Joel Delong

PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Patrick Bloniasz, Stephen Peik

COACH’S COMMENT: Flamino believes "daily consistency" will be a major key this season.

Girls

Hollis Brookline

COACH: Yolanda Flamino (3rd Season)

LAST YEAR: n/a

TOP RETURNERS: Madylin Partridge, Grace Anneser, Megan Cramton, Sarah Cramton, Celeste Fetter, Amanda McDonough

PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Kay Partridge, Vanessa Thomas, Becca Ide

COACHES COMMENT: Flamino is hoping her team shows consistency this season, which she expects would lead to a successful season.