2016 high school boys track previews

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DRURY

Coach: Jim Buffoni, 21st year

Key returnees: Connor Meehan, junior; Nick Boulger, senior

Outlook: The Blue Devils have a thin team in 2016, and coach Jim Buffoni is focused on getting his athletes new to the sport acclimated in events. The team will have two returners that will score points and lead the team. Junior Connor Meehan returns and will hold down the middle distance events, and senior Nick Boulger is a thrower entering his final season with the team.

HOOSAC VALLEY

Coach: Dayne Poirot, 1st season

Key returnees: Jared Haley, senior; Avery Hall, senior; Jordan Smith, senior; Peter Barrow, senior

Outlook: The Hurricanes have a group of seniors that have been there, done that in track and field, and that will only help to aid the Hoosac Valley in 2016. Senior Jared Haley returns to run the distance events, while classmate Peter Barrow will toss the shot put and discus. Another senior, Avery Hall, will run the short-distance sprints and help to anchor the 4x100 team, and can also participate in the long and triple jumps.

Jordan Smith, another senior, will be a strong high jumper in the county. Around them, Hunter Pratt and Dante Richards can run the 400 or 800, and Jake Pruden will look to continue his growth in the discus event. A few new names to watch out for will be Donald and Robert Monsees, Steve Couch, Colin Rousseau and Nate Jette.

LENOX

Coach: Jeanne Teasdale, 13th season

Key returnees: Sam Harding, senior; Connor McNinch, senior.

Outlook: The Millionaires have to replace a good chunk of their scoring athletes from last year, but have enough returners to aid in that process. Connor McNinch returns and will focus on the middle distance events this year, and Sam Harding will run in the distance events.

Newcomers to the team include senior Chas Novitzky and freshman Ian McCaffrey, as well as eighth grader Spencer Villinsky. Around them, Teasdale will look to a young, inexperienced bunch to find their roles in the team.

MONUMENT MOUNTAIN

Coach: Mickey McCartney, 24th season

Key returnees: Willie Serkin, senior; Matt Weston, junior; Jordan Piepho, junior; Dan Newey, junior.

Outlook: The Spartans are not as deep as they have been over the last couple of years, but the team possesses several athletes that will be at the top of the standings. Senior Willie Serkin will lead the team in the sprints race, as will Brocque Tonini. Dan Newey and Matt Walsh will run the distance events for Monument, with Newey also participating in the long jump. Evan Peretti is another jumper for the Spartans. In the throws, Jordan Piepho is skilled in the javelin and will also compete in the high jump.

Matt Amstead is another thrower/jumper for the Spartans, as is Matt Amstead.

MOUNT GREYLOCK

Coach: Courtney Randall, 1st season

Key returnees: Tommy Kirby, senior; Luc Park, senior; Sam Swoap, senior; Cam Castonguay, junior.

Outlook: The Mounties have a stable of runners in the middle to long distance events. Senior Tommy Kirby leads the way, running the two mile predominantly but also adept at the mile. Cam Castonguay will anchor the middle distance events along with Sam Swoap. Swoap will also participate in some field events for first-year coach Courtney Randall.

Around them, Rick Donati will do the long and triple jumps, along with the 400. Luc Park will throw for Greylock. Owen Brandriss is the team's leading discus thrower, and is another middle-distance runner for the Mounties. In the sprints, Spencer Rogeau, Caleb Cimini and Jack Campbell will lead Greylock.

PITTSFIELD

Coach: Joe Albano, 12th season

Key returnees: Kevin Rayner, senior; Noah Casino, senior; Jackson Rich, junior; Grady Pedersen, junior.

Outlook: The strength in the returners comes in the hurdles, where Pittsfield has had a monopoly of sorts over the years. Juniors Jackson Rich and Grady Pedersen lead the way. Rich will also participate in the high jump for the Generals, Pedersen can compete in the long and high jumps, and both can also run on the 4x400 relay team.

In the distance evens, Noah Casino and Tom Lee bring back veteran leadership, and Kevin Rayner will also factor into the equation. In the middle distances, Ben Meisl returns to run the 400. Emmanuel Amenlemah will lead the way in the short distance sprints. Nate Robarge returns in the jumps for the Generals. In the throws, Vincenzo Coppola and Eamon McCandless will throw the discus and the shot put.

TACONIC

Coach: Pat Gariepy, 3rd season

Key returnees: David Benle, Zach Gage, junior; David MacIntosh, junior; Tyrell Council, junior.

Outlook: The Braves welcome back a strong core for 2016, led at the top by captains David Benle, David MacIntosh and Tyrell Council. Benle, a senior, can run any event from the 100-meter dash to the 400, as well as both relays. MacIntosh is a dominant high jumper, and can run the 200 and 400, as well. Council will throw the shot put and the javelin this year.

Around them, Zach Gage is another talented sprinter in both individual events and the relays. In the distance events, seniors Tyler Pudlo and Brian Hassett will help rack up points for the Braves.

Junior Eric Kalinowski will throw the javelin for Taconic, sophomore Abdul Amhed will run the hurdles and senior Mike Peplowski will be another sprinter for Taconic.

WAHCONAH

Coach: James McMahon, 4th season

Key returnees: Mike Hruby, senior; Jared Massaro, senior; Sean Harvey, junior; Matt Lighten, sophomore.

Outlook: The defending Western/Central Mass. Division II champions are back with another strong team in 2016. The Warriors suffered some losses through graduation, but the returning crop of athletes have experience in the county and in postseason meets. Matt Lighten, the defending 200-meter dash champion in the Western/Central meet, will once again run the short distance races for Wahconah. Senior Mike Hruby returns as one of Wahconah's top throwers and can also run the 800. Jared Massaro is the team's go-to 800 runner, and Dan Brainerd is another strong mid-distance runner.

Sean Harvey is back after a season off through injury to run both hurdles races. Devon Mikeniwicz will be the team's top long and triple jumper. Other athletes that Wahconah will look to include Josh Gach (javelin) and Matt Donnelly.


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