BENNINGTON -- After a stellar winter season running indoor track, the Mount Anthony Union High School track and field team enters the 2014 outdoor season with a string of multi-event placers.
Key among those on the girls side is senior Leniesha Williams, who enters the spring looking to round out her all-star career by competing in the 100-meter dash, the 200, the 4x100 relay and the long jump. Williams is the reigning outdoor champion in the 100. Along with her on the 4x100 team will be juniors Chelsea Corrow, Raheema Madany and Taylor Gruber. The foursome took first in the indoor state meet in the 4x200 relay and were sixth in the 4x100 at last year’s outdoor meet.
Corrow, Madany and Gruber will also participate in multiple events, with Gruber and Madany also running in the 100 and 200, while Corrow runs the 300-meter hurdles, the 200 and has been training on running the 400.
In the 400, the Patriots will be without defending state champion Grace Page, who did not come out for the spring season, but the Patriots will have senior Kate Ahearn, junior Sierra Dickie, sophomore Asuka Kosaki and freshman Abbie Crosier to run in the 400. In the 4x400 relay, Ahearn is the lone returner from the group that finished fourth in the state meet last season.
The girls team also return a stacked group in the throwing events. In the shot put, seniors Taylor Haynes and Firdous Madany return to the side, while junior Brittany Brochu will also be in the mix in the pit. Madany and Haynes also threw the discus last season, and Raheemah Madany may make the jump into javelin throwing this year. Gruber will continue with the high jump duties for the Patriots.
Other athletes include senior Abby Malmborg, who is being tried out in different events in her first season on the team, and senior distance runner Kinsey Boudreau.
"The speed and power events are big for us," said co-coach Bob Kurtzner, who is in his 14th season with the team along with Kathleen Newton. "Those girls score a lot of points and we hope they continue doing that."
On the boys’ side of things, there are only 16 athletes, but many will place across multiple events.
Senior Andrew Brandmeyer will run in the 800 and the 4x400 team along with seniors Brad Myers, Andy Seward and Ben Seward. Myers will also jump for the Patriots and will run the 200 and 400. Andy and Ben Seward will also mix it up in the middle distance, with Ben running the 200 and 400 while Andy will challenge Brandmeyer in the 800.
Senior Nathaniel Durfee will also run across multiple events, running the 110 and 300 hurdles and jumping in the triple jump.
In the 4x800, Brandmeyer, Andy Seward and freshman PJ Seward return after winning the indoor title. PJ Seward will also run in the longer distances.
In the sprints, sophomores Alan Bernard and Tanner Jelley return after the winter season, with Bernard also expected to run in the hurdles. Kurtzner also pegged both to pole vault for the team.
In the throwing events, junior Ben Hulett returns to the team while senior Dylan Prazak will pick up throwing duties in his first year on the team.
The team starts the season on Thursday with a home meet.