Mount View has solid mix of gender, class representation
Thorndike — The following is a synopsis of the Mount View High School track-and-field team:
Coach/years coached current team: Kevin “Gus” Petrak, ninth year.
Last year's record/playoff information: The Mustang girls finished tied for 20th (4 points) at the state Class B championships and 14th (5 points) at the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B championships. The Mustang boys finished 10th (22 points) at the state Class B championships and ninth (24 points) at the KVAC Class B championships.
Roster: The girls include seniors Madeline Black (sprints), Morgan Clifford (distance), Brandy Foster (sprints), Braley Leadbetter (sprints), Megan Muther (sprints) and Alexis Strain (sprints); junior Tori Strain (throws); sophomores Liz Clifford (distance), Jordan King (sprints, hurdles), Jenni Nadeau (jumps, sprints), Meredith Picard, Lilly Redwine and Amanda Salisbury (sprints); and freshmen Dean Kelly, Alexis Ramee and Angela Strain (sprints).
The boys team includes seniors Andrew Cloutier (1,600-meter racewalk), Jarryd Fonger, Orrin Harding, Logan Ryan (throws, sprints) and Kendric Shibles (throws); juniors Chris Cole (throws), Bryce Hubbard (sprints, jumps) and Job Mesaric (throws); sophomores Dan Farley (throws), Trey Richardson (sprints), Trevor Saucier (sprints) and Ethan Sewell-Berry (throws); and freshmen Ricky Foster (sprints), Chase Hubbard (distance), Nathaniel Illingsworth, Lazarus Littlefield (distance), Shaynen Schofield (sprints) and Richard Shaw.
Known graduation losses: Owen Freeman, Devan Fuller, Jake Jones, Noah LaForge, Lorenzo Milani, Marsha Faulkner, Kyrstyn Keating, Kaytlyn Porter and Mikeala Risch.
Significant impact athletes: Leadbetter, Muther, Blake, Clifford, Nadeau, Clifford, Redwine, Alexis Strain and Picard among girls, while Cloutier, Cole, Farley and Ryan will be key among the boys.
Team strengths: Veteran coaching staff and veteran athletes.
Team goals: To get 50 percent of the athletes qualified for the KVAC Class B championships.
Top league opponents: Waterville, Winslow and Belfast.
Outlook: The Mustangs have a large measure of balance on this year's team, both when it comes to gender (18 boys and 16 girls) and experience. The veteran coach said “this will give us some enthusiasm mixed with experience that should make for a fun season.”
Petrak said practices are going well, but his throwers are suffering a bit due to the fact they cannot throw javelin, shot put or discus until the ground is dry outside. Despite that fact, the team as a whole is practicing and the student-athletes are excited for the start of the season.
“The athletes have good attitudes and I expect them to do well,” said Petrak.