Monmouth outdoor track and field 2017 preview

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Coaches: Tom Menendez (12th year) and Norm Thombs (11th year).

Class: C; Conference: Mountain Valley.

Last year’s results: Boys: Fourth in MVC, 16th at state. Girls: second in MVC, fifth at state.

Returnees: Boys: Seniors — Brad Arsenault, Adam Hayes; Juniors — Zach Wallace, Andrew Reny, Keegan Foster, Ethan Thombs, Dylan Goff; Sophomores — Evan Burnell, Kyle Gunnells, Dylan Lajoie. Girls: Seniors — Izzy Lewis, Victoria Spencer, Olivia Homer; Juniors — Abby Allen, Maddie Amero, Moira Burgess, Emily Grandahl, Mahala Hayden, Abbie Hunt; Sophomores — Anna Van Valkenburgh, Olivia Sirois, Caitlyn Kenney, Destiny Clough, Mckenzie Stevens, Morgan Crocker.

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Key losses: Boys: Mark Greenwald, Nick Menice, Luke Thombs, Cam Bailey. Girls: Shayna Frost, Becki Bryant, Sidney Wilson, Bri Gonzalez, Taylor Spadaforra, Maddie Stevens.

Promising newcomers: Boys: Nick Deblois, Cody McDonald, Connor Davies, Abram Sirois, Shane Kenniston. Girls: Danielle Parker, Natalie Grandahl, Kaitlin Hunt, Bea Stewart, Elyse Homer, Libby Clement, Anna Lewis, Delaney Wiley, Amber Currie, Violette Beaulieu, Audrey Fletcher, Kayla Brooks, Hannah Levesque.

Season outlook: Both Monmouth teams should be MVC contenders this season. The girls’ team’s turnout is at an all-time high, and Mendendez said the squad’s quality also is high. The girls will be able to cover every event with ability and depth unlike they ever have. The boys also have good numbers and also will be able to cover every event. Two former Mustangs athletes, Molly Menice and Amy Pelletier, have joined the coaching staff, which provides the teams with a more individualized approach to training.

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