Will Monomoy Track Lead the Pack?

Ben Thomas

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The Monomoy boys track team enters the 2017 season with a challenging schedule, strong leadership, and multiple injuries. Although the team is similar to the teams of recent years, they are still in a new league full of new competition. Coach Bates, who handles the majority of the scheduling, is the one responsible for the boys’ tough route to the tournament. This is partly due to the fact that the only other school within the Cape and Islands League is Sturgis, who Monomoy will face twice. To make up for the lack of teams within their league, the track team will have to face Wareham, Barnstable, Dennis-Yarmouth, Sandwich, Sacred Heart, and Nauset. Like most seasons, the schedule is scattered with only a handful of meets, only seven in total. This is because two of the meets are tri-meets with two other teams. The first tri-meet will be a difficult one at home on Tuesday April 11th against Dennis-Yarmouth and Barnstable. The second tri-meet will be on Friday May 19th away against Nauset and Sturgis. Not to sound over-confident, but it is reasonable to believe that our track team can sweep the season series against Sturgis while also securing at least one or two out of league victories. This would result in an impressive record of 5-4 despite the tough competition.

One major reason why it is within reason to believe that Mr. Bates’ squad could post this record is that they have strong upperclassmen leadership. Their captains consist of Senior Graham Smith, Senior Vincent Jodice, and Junior Gavin Vierra. Graham and Vincent have done a nice job of leading the distance runners while Gavin has taken care of the jumpers and sprinters. They would’ve also had the added help of Senior Jack Watson and Junior Liam Prescott, but both athletes are coincidentally out for the entirety of the season due to major shoulder surgery. Liam, one of the best one-mile and two-mile runners, and Jack, the best and only competitive hurdler on the team, will leave major holes in the roster. Both Liam and Jack have qualified for states in the past and the rest of the team will definitely have to step it up to make up the slack.

It will, without a doubt, be an interesting season for the boys track team when taking into account the difficult schedule and multiple injuries. But there is also no reason to believe that they can not be lead to success by Coach Bates and the wide array of talented upperclassmen. The first meet of the season will be on Thursday April 6th away against Wareham. The first home meet will be the tri-meet against DY and Barnstable on Tuesday April 11th so make sure you come out and support your Sharks boys track team!

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Will Monomoy Track Lead the Pack?