Oaks report: Top group of student-athletes signed for next year

Madison Plazola is a senior at Piedmont Hills. Photo provided by Menlo Athletics.

Menlo College track and field coach Dan Noel announced the signing of Connor Dmytriw for the academic year, beginning in the fall of 2018. He will compete in cross country and track and field for the Oaks.

Dmytriw, a senior at Paloma Valley High, has accumulated a wide range of success, both on and off the track. He is a four-year first team all-league cross country runner and earned other accolades in his four years.

He was the 2014 Freshman Varsity Top Newcomer, setting the tone for the rest of his career. In 2016, he earned the Male Wildcat Award, and in the 2017 he was named a team captain and Male Runner of the Year for the school.

In the classroom, Dmytriw has made the honor roll each of his 3 1/2 to date and is a member of the National Society of High School Scholars and the California Scholarship Federation.

Menlo opens its track and field season at the Sunbird Open at Fresno Pacific on Feb. 16.


Paloma Valley senior Kenna Shernicoff is one of nine who signed with Menlo for the 2018-19 school year, joining fellow Wildcat Dmytriw, as announced by Oaks coach Christen Hardee-Thompson. A utility player, she's a top-of-the-lineup type hitter and a first team all-CIF selection.

Mitty senior Alyssa Valdez, also a versatile player, helped the Monarchs win the Central Coast Section title last spring.

Others include Piedmont Hills' Madison Plazola, both a top hitter and quality pitcher (20-4, 1.53 ERA last two years), Layafette resident Wendy Mouat, Jim Elliot Christian catcher and student body president Madilynn Sepp, Gilroy catcher-shortstop Makenna Weiler, Pleasant Gove utility player Mia Thompson, Maryknoll (Hawaii) senior Nohealani and Cherokee Trail (Colorado) senior Taylor Wayne.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Menlo Athletics

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