The Monroe Central track program has two head coaches.
April Parden will serve as the head coach of the girls' team, while Derik Shirley returns for his fourth season at the boys' helm.
Parden is taking over a squad that lost nine key participants to graduation. Those include: Bethany Brobson, Madison Bettinger, Casey Digity, Kate Fickell, Brianna Gauding, Demitra Habig, Rachael Hayes, Anissa Marmie and Kayley Stephens.
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PICTURED ARE the returning letterwinners for the Monroe Central track teams. Sitting, from left, are Annie Digity, Laycie Ball, Michelle Hoskinson, Elizabeth Robey and Desiree Dalrymple. Back row, from left, are Logan Monahan, Chandler Kuhn, Derek Weber, Daniel Schumacher, Cordell Gauding, Zach Groves and Alan Greene.
"We've got some holes to fill, but we have a young team that works hard every day and they're all willing to try any event," Parden said. "We'll spend the first few weeks trying to finding the events that best fit each athlete."
One area where Parden feels she's got figured out is in the hurdles where senior Elizabeth Robey returns. She'll run the highs, lows and on the Lady Seminoles' shuttle team.
Juniors Laycie Ball and Annie Digity will both see time in the middle distance events and could drop to the 400, too. Sprinting is an area where the Lady Seminoles are working to develop.
In the throws, sophomores Paige Gauding and Desiree Dalrymple will be the top entrants.
The balance of the Lady Seminoles' roster includes juniors Kelsey Dick, Kelsey LaFollette, Morgan Thompson and Mariah Traver. The sophomore class also includes Michele Hoskinson. Five freshmen include: Brooke Jones, Kylie Milhoan, Christa Russell, Molly Schumacher, Abby Stephen and Bailey Thompson.
THE SEMINOLES' BOYS, meanwhile, feature what Shirley believes will be "possibly the deepest" team Monroe has had in years.
"We've got several entrants at all of the distances," Shirley said. "Plus, we have several freshmen who are set to play pivotal roles. We believe that depth and solid performances should continue over the next several years."
The Seminoles lost just Dalton Ramage, Logan Majors and Zac Gillespie to graduation.
Leading the way this season will be a solid collection of sprinters, including senior Aaron Sanger, freshman Patrick Craig, freshman Jaren Hupp and freshman Zach Howell.
While hurdles is an area where the Seminoles are lacking, the distance stable is stocked with frosh Josh Schumacher, junior Cordell Gauding, senior Gregg Rome, senior Ryan Ruble and junior Derek Weber.
In the field, Sanger will be entered in both jumping events, while senior Logan Monahan and senior Alan Greene are in the throwing events.
The balance of the Seminole roster is comprised of juniors Zack Groves, Chandler Kuhn, Daniel Schumacher, Colt Wilson and frosh Alex Edgington.
Kelsey Lafferre is serving as an assistant coach to both Parden and Shirley.
The complete Monroe Central track schedule is as follows:
April 2 -- OVTL at Shadyside; April 3 -- at Barnesville; April 8 -- OVTL at Shadyside; April 9 -- PVC at Fort Frye; April 15 -- OVTL at Shadyside; April 16 -- PVC at Buckeye Trail
April 20 -- at Shadyside Relays; April 22 -- OVTL at Shadyside; April 23 -- PVC at Buckeye Trail; April 30 -- OVAC at St. Clairsville; May 2 -- OVAC at St. Clairsville; May 4 -- OVAC Championship at St. Clairsville; May 6 -- OVTL at Shadyside; May 7 -- PVC Championship at Buckeye Trail; May 11 -- Shamrock Relays at Barnesville; May 13 -- OVTL Championship at Shadyside.