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April 9, 2014

For Danvers girls track, '˜This could be the year that starts another run'

The Danvers High girls spring track program had a great run of success between 2008-10, a stretch that head coach Sean Dunleavy remembers well.

Now beginning his 14th season as the Falcons’ head coach, Dunleavy believes this year’s group could be the beginning of another great stretch of success for his program.

“Maybe this could be the year that starts another run for us,” said Dunleavy. “I don’t know about this season, but maybe next year we’ll be able to contend for another (Northeastern) Conference title, because this team reminds me a lot of the one we had back in 2007.

“I believe we’re going to have a very good season; we should definitely be better the second half. It’s an interesting combination with some outstanding veterans and a lot of newcomers. It could be a bridge year for us because we have a lot of talented juniors, several seniors new to spring track but that play other sports, and a lot of freshmen (we have) to develop.”

Senior distance runners Jessica Driscoll and Ellen Tye are the Falcons’ co-captains. They also return some standout juniors that should score a lot of points, including Angela Caldarone (middle distance, jumps), Sophia Cawlina (sprints, jumps), Meaghan McCarriston (middle distance), and distance runner Cat Dominick (The Salem News’ Cross Country Runner of the Year).

“We hope before the season is over we’ll get Devan Walsh back (from injury), but we’re not going to push her. Last year as a freshman she was 9th in the state in the javelin. Devan tore her ACL in the fall and we’re hoping she may be ready by May, but she’s such a promising athlete we don’t want to rush her. If we have to wait for next season, we will.”

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