WILLIAMSTOWN -- This could be the year the Mount Greylock girls' track and field team sees its lengthy winning streak come to a close.
For six and a half seasons, the Mounties have been perfect in Berkshire County, but their luck might be running out.
"I'm not super confident about that streak going on, but to tell you the truth, I never am going in," coach Brian Gill said. "We're a different team this year, a very different team. But it's going to be a lot of fun."
The Mounties will return stars such as Alex Majetich, Jenna Phelps, Emily Kaegi, Kat Chenail and many more, but it's who they lost that has Gill eager to see what his team can do.
At first glimpse, depth could be the Achilles heal for Greylock this season. But the team has a lot of fresh faces this spring, so Gill isn't exactly sure what his team has.
"The goal of track and field in not necessarily to win every dual meet against everyone in the county," Gill said. "The goal is to have everyone individually at their best at the end of the season. We definitely focus on getting every kid at their best at the end of the year, so right now we don't know exactly what we have."
Phelps and Majetich will anchor the sprints, while Phelps will also see some hurdle events, especially the 400-meter hurdles. Majetich was ninth in the state in the 100-meter dash last season. Phelps was fourth in the 400 hurdles.
Senior Sophia Dastolli will also handle the hurdles and middle distance events. Kaegi, Chenail and Stephanie Adamczyk will take on the majority of the distance events. Celestine Lockhart returns to continue the jumping events.
The Mounties are looking to replace key members of the team in most of the throwing events, as well as some of the middle distance events.
Returnees like Holly Fischer, Maeve Shine and Molly Ann Haskins will look to fill some of the running holes. In the throwing events, Gill will look to Elizabeth Bernardy, Miranda Park and newcomer Michala Dean to step up.
"We will cover a lot of the events, we just don't have a lot of depth," Gill said. "We are young and we have a ton of new kids out. They are so young we have no idea exactly what we will get from them. It will be a fun year for sure."
Distance events should be the strength of this year's Mount Greylock boys' track and field team.
Senior Will Kirby returns as a the lone distance hold-over from last year's roster. But he brings with him the core of the cross country team; a team that ran to a Western Massachusetts championship in the fall.
Carter Stripp, Jake Kobrin, Sam Kobrin and Archer Greenhalgh are all running on the track for the first time this spring.
"We have a couple of distance runners from the cross country team, so that's always a help," coach Kent Lemme said. "We also have a lot of other kids who appear to be very athletic."
Senior Blake Sherman is another key returner for the Mounties. He will look to anchor the throwing events this season. Ryan Benoit will look to lead the Mounties into hurdle events, while Mark Messina is the team's top returning sprinter.
Several key members of last year's team are not returning; however, Lemme is excited about the turnout he did have for the team.
"Our numbers are a little bit better than they have been in the past, but they still aren't great," he said. "I have a lot of new kids, so I have really no idea where they are going to fall and where they are going to be."
The youth of the team has Lemme hopeful for the future, as well. He has also been impressed with the athleticism he has seen in the first week and a half of practice.
With the first meet still more than a week away, it will give the Mounties time to figure out who will hold down what events.
"For sprints and throws we really aren't sure where we are at this point and time," Lemme said. "It seems like we have a lot of pretty athletic kids, so I'm hopeful we will be able to field most events."