Gunn grad Pennywell to compete for Menlo College track and field


Gunn grad Jenae Pennywell is one of Menlo College Track and Field coach Dan Noel's five additional athletes in the program's 2016-17 recruiting class. A pair of freshman and three transfers fill the class that includes a pair of women and three men.

A transfer from City College of San Francisco, Dorian Aberouette comes to Menlo as a heptathlete. In her first season competing in the event last year she finished sixth at the California Community College NorCal Championships and sixth at the State Championships.

Jenae Pennywell/Photo by Malcolm Slaney
"The heptathlon requires juggling seven different events," Noel said. “For Dorian to make the progress she did in only one year is remarkable. It's exciting to think we still have two years to continue to develop her potential."

Pennywell concluded her career with a sixth place finish in the 100 at the 2016 CCS finals.

In 2014, she finished third overall in the 100m and second as a member of the 4x100m relay at the CCS Finals. She also competed in the USATF Junior Olympics in 2010 and '11 in the 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay and the 4x400 relay.

"Watching Jenae compete this season, we saw not only a strong competitor, but a dedicated and caring teammate. We will rely heavily on Jenae's experience as a sprinter and relay specialist to help build our women's relays," noted Noel.

On the men's side, the Oaks will benefit from the services of another jumper for the state of Maryland named Elijah as Elijah Redding-Moment from Randallstown High School is set to join the squad. Redding-Moment was the 2016 Baltimore County Champion on Long Jump and finished fourth in Triple Jump. Additionally, he claimed top honors at the Baltimore County Relays in Triple Jump.

"2016 was Elijah's first year competing in track, and he excelled. He will added depth to an already strong group of jumpers."

Also joining Elijah on the men's side will be Ben Baclig from College of the Sequoias, Nick Lola from Diablo Valley College, and Zach Louissaint from Suffolk University.

Men's basketball

Jamison Montgomery was hired as an assistant men's basketball coach, it was announced Friday.

Montgomery comes to Menlo following a stint as the Assistant Athletic Director at Iowa Lakes Community College, where he was active in game management for the department’s athletic programs.

In addition to his duties as Asst. AD, Montgomery has been an assistant coach at high school basketball powerhouse Rufus King in Milwaukee – his alma mater.

Jamison was a four-year standout on the prep level, then took his talents to Benedictine University where he was a key component of a program that won three conference title and made an NCAA tournament appearance during his four-year tenure.

Montgomery started 36 of 52 games, scored 400 points during that time frame and was name the team’s Most Improved Player in 2012.

— Menlo Athletics

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