Athletes win at state meet

EAST MONTPELIER — Led by three victories by Mount Abraham Union High School sophomore Lydia Pitts, local athletes combined for 11 event wins at Saturday’s Division II track and field championships, hosted by U-32 High School.
Middlebury fared best as a team, finishing third in both the girls and boys’ competitions. Buoyed by Pitts, the Eagle girls took fourth, and the Eagle boys’ were sixth. Vergennes scored points in one event in each competition: The Commodore girls were 12th, and they VUHS boys were 11th.
Pitts won the 100 hurdles in 16.22; the long jump in 16 feet, three inches; and the triple jump in 34-11.75. Her sophomore teammate Emma Radler won the pole vault in 9-0.
MUHS senior Hannah Buttolph repeated as the D-II high jump champion at 5-2; and the Tiger girls won two relays, as well as placing in a number of events.
The team of  Chloe Kane, Gretta Groves, Kiana Plouffe and Megan Townsend won the four-by-100-meter relay in 51.70; and the quartet of Helen Anderson, Ailey Bosworth, Katharine Koehler and Caroline Kimble claimed the 4X400 in 10:13.32.
Junior Caroline Johnston scored the VUHS points by taking fourth at 400 meters.
On the boys’ side, MUHS junior Henry Ganey won the 800 in 2:03.28; and senior David Dregallo prevailed in the 3,000 in 9:23.29.
The Tiger boys also scored two relay golds. In the 4×400, Josh Girard, Ganey, James Whitley, and Wyatt Norris won in 3:37.56. In the 4×800, Whitley, Ross Crowne, Haven Tate and Matthew Ferguson won in 8:41.71.
VUHS finished fifth in the 4X800 to score its boys’ points.
A full account including all participants in Saturday’s meet will appear in Thursday’s Independent. 

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