Multitude of Track and Field Seniors Leave Behind a Legacy


Senior members of the Bangor track and field pose during a recognition ceremony.

Maddy Thai, Sports Editor

BANGOR–Bangor indoor track and field will lose its 25 seniors to graduation this year, more than any other winter sports team this year.

Eighteen of those 25 seniors qualified provisionally or automatically for at least one championship meet. This year, five Bangor seniors lead the PVC Eastern Maine Indoor Track League in at least one of their events, three are Class A leaders, and two are all-state leaders, making the class very strong in numbers, skill, and leadership.

“We’re very confident heading into our championship meets this season,” remarked senior Anna Connors. “The girls have a strong, well-rounded team that covers all events from distance, sprints, hurdles, jumps, to throws.”

Connors is the defending state champion in the 55m, 200m, and 400m dashes. She set the Class A State Meet records in the 55m and 200m last season. Connors holds the Maine 300m dash all-time record. She claimed the same title in the 200m dash at the 2023 Boston University John Thomas Terrier Classic. Immediately following this record-breaking race, Connors sprained her right ankle. She missed the final week of the regular season but hopes to return at full strength for the league championship.

Senior Austin Lozano highlighted the Bangor boys’ edge. “Heading into PVCs this Saturday, we have a lot of energy behind the boys’ team,” he said. “And we are confident in the fact that we know how we’re going to compete. We know that we’re going to step up when we need to. We know that we’re going to shine, and we’re going to win PVCs this year.”

Senior Josiah Rodriguez, juniors Ian Randall and Gage Jones, and Lozano are seeded 1-2-4-5, respectively, among all PVC Large School and Class A throwers. Three of them will compete in the shot put at the PVC Large School Championship. The exception is Jones, who will be running the three open sprints.

Other Bangor athletes to watch for this weekend are seniors Julia Bassi, Ethan DeMerchant, Samantha Erb, Sadie Harrow, Evelyn Humbert, Taylor King, Nora Marasco, Anika Noack, Ethan Partal, Lucas Sun, and Lorraine Thai; juniors Maddie Cyr, Sophia Mazzarelli, Katie McCarthy, Kiran Small, Emma Syphers, and Callie Tennett; sophomores Seamus MacDonald, Madeline Thai, and Oliver Turner; and freshmen Sophia Chase, Rowan Eslin, and Madison McLean.

The senior roster consists of Bassi, Connors, DeMerchant, Erb, Harrow, Humbert, King, Lozano, Marasco, Noack, Partal, Rodriguez, Sun, Lorraine Thai, Jasper Bennett, Will Caron, Karl El Chaer, Abby MacDonald, Adam Miller-Treat, Reagan Monroe, Patrick O’Brien, Peter Paulette, Henry Poulin, Harrison Tapley, and Madison Tritt.

Head Coach Alan Mosca reflected on his upcoming 2023 graduates with great appreciation. “Our senior class is an outstanding group of kids,” he said. “They have displayed tremendous leadership, empathy, and drive. And they’re just role models for everybody. I’m very grateful for all their efforts, on and off the track, and wish them nothing but the best of luck in the future.”