No stranger to Canton-Galva, McMannis has served as head middle school coach the past eight years.
This year, the Eagles will compete without last season?s sole state qualifier, Trey Moddelmog, who concluded his high school career with a 10th-place state finish in the high jump.
Fourteen athletes grace this year?s roster. Seniors Garrett Romaine and Lane Wiens return to lead the Eagle boys. Romaine is expected to contribute in the long jump and the 100, while Wiens will run the 800 and the 1,600.
Sophomores Dawson Min?son and David VanHou?ton also return.
Newcomers include sophomores Jeremiah Hardman, Cash Toews, Jonah Sargent and Dylan Wood. McMannis said she is excited for the relay possibilities these athletes bring.
Meanwhile, sophomore Maddie Snow returns to anchor the girls? team. Snow holds the school record in the triple jump (32 feet, 1 inch) and also will compete in the 400.
Additional returners include juniors Abigail Ballantyne, Emily Ballan?tyne and Kaylee Littrell.
Newcomers to join the girls? team include freshmen Katie Fiedler and Whitney Nightingale.
The Eagles? focus will be on individual events this season.
?Due to the small size of our team in a league with some strong teams with big numbers of competitors, we will be looking at individual goals and successes rather than team placings at meets,? McMannis said.
The Eagles were to open the season at Marion April 5. They will travel to Bennington April 8.