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BVT Track Boasts Huge Numbers


Blackstone Valley Tech track and field coach Barry Coonan calls his team a "cast of thousands" and, based on the size of the roster, he's not that far off.
The Beavers feature 145 athletes for the boys and girls teams combined, including several who could compete in the Colonial Athletic League, the district meets, and beyond.
"We used to have 15 or 16 kids when I first started and you had to promise some lollipops back then," Coonan said. "Now we are getting some outstanding athletes. We are getting qualify kids who are performing at the collegiate level."
Coonan returned to the Beavers program after coaching for more than two decades and then taking a college gig at Assumption in Worcester. He is still getting a sense of how strong his team can be, but has several athletes on both teams who could score a significant number of points this spring.
Senior Isabelle Angelini is one of the top javelin throwers in the area and finished third in the districts last season. Follow senior Nikaila Dube will run the 400 along with some of the sprinting events and should be one of the top runners on the squad. 
Caroline Porter, Ava Howe, and Mary Martocci should all stand out in the sprinting or hurdle events, Coonan said. Martocci placed third in the districts in the high hurdles as a freshman after winning the even during her eighth grade season.
Sophomore Maddie Rivard is expected to stand out in the discus and the shot put, having finished second in the state vocational meet in the discus a season ago. Senior captain Molly O'Mera will once again anchor the distance events.
On the boys' side, senior captain Zachary Bergeron is back to run the mile and the two mile and is drawing attention from the college level. Andrew Floyd, a junior, will also run distance for the Beavers. Junior high hurdler Andrew Regan is also expected to be a standout, Coonan said.
Coonan is pleased with the turnout so far and cannot help but admire how far the program has come over the past couple of decades. "It was almost 24 years in-between getting someone into the New England meet, but we were able to do that last year," he said, referring to javelin thrower Hector Petri. "We are hoping to have more people qualify and looking to win the CAL. This league is strong, there are a lot of good athletes out there and we can't wait to showcase that a little bit."




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