High school track season opens with good efforts

MIDDLEBURY — In what might be called a warm-up meet, both for its early-season nature and the relatively balmy weather the athletes enjoyed at the Middlebury College track and field facilities, members of the Middlebury, Mount Abraham and Vergennes track and field teams all performed well at a six-team meet the Tigers hosted this past Friday.
The Tigers fared the best, in part because a number of Eagle and Commodore athletes were absent due to music commitments. The Tiger girls coasted with 184.5 points, with Randolph (92) in second and the newly formed White River Union team in third (90.5), followed by Mount Abe (16), VUHS (12) and West Rutland (11).
White River (122) edged the Tiger boys (101), with Randolph (68), Mount Abe (59) and West Rutland (11) falling in line behind.
MOUNT ABE’S BRIDGER Counter loads up the shot during Friday’s competition at Middlebury College in a meet hosted by MUHS. Counter finished second in both the shot put and javelin throw.
Independent photo/Steve James
Six Tiger girls won individual events: seniors Mary Ann Eastman and Samantha Paige, juniors Merry Kimble and Isabel Olson; and freshman Viviana Hammond. One Tiger girls’ relay team also prevailed. Eagle sophomore Abigail Roy won the discus.
On the boys’ side junior Hunter Heffernan and sophomore Nicholas Suchomel won hurdling events for the Tigers, senior Wade Mullin won the mile for VUHS, and senior Oliver Roy won at 200 meters for the Eagles.
The Tiger 4×100 boys’ relay team dropped a baton with a lead, and two other Tiger sprinters missed the meet to recover from injuries. Commodore relay teams were also compromised by their many absences, and the Eagles also missed likely scorers.
TIGER SPRINTER VIVIANA Hammond looks relaxed as she wins the 100-meter dash in Saturday’s track and field meet at Middlebury College. Commodore runner Rhode Miguel is to her left; Miguel did not place in the 100, but was fourth in the 200.
Independent photo/Steve James
The next meets for the local teams come at Essex and at South Burlington on May 1 and 4, respectively.
Posting top-six finishes for the local teams in Middlebury this past weekend were:
•100 hurdles: 1. Annie Lapiner, MUHS, 19.09.
•100: 1. Viviana Hammond, MUHS, 14.34; 2. Virginia Patz, MUHS, 14.47; 3. Journey LaRose, MUHS, 14.47; 5. Emily Pottinger, MUHS, 14.59.
•1,500: 1. Mary Ann Eastman, MUHS, 5:37.02; 2. Sofia Stefani, MUHS, 5:54.31; 3. Maddy Stowe, MUHS, 5:59.34; 4. Kate Wallace, MUHS, 6:06.06.
•4-by-100 relay: 1. MUHS, 58.26.
EAGLE RUNNER RUBY Markowski heads down the stretch in the girls’ 400-meter race at Friday’s track and field meet at Middlebury College, hosted by MUHS. Markowski finished sixth in the event.
Independent photo/Steve James
•400: 2. Ailey Bosworth, MUHS, 71.51; 6. Ruby Markowski, Mt. Abe, 77.84.
•300 hurdles: 1. Merry Kimble, MUHS, 53.93.
•800: 1. Isabel Olson, MUHS, 2:32.21; 2. Ella Landis, 2:50.72; 3. Maisie Newbury, MUHS, 2:53.15; 5. Marin Howell, VUHS, 3:06.02.
•200: 2. Hannah Turner, MUHS, 29.40; 3. Ciara McClay, VUHS, 31:12; 4. Rhode Miguel, VUHS, 32.12.
•Shot put: 1. Samantha Paige, MUHS, 24-2; 3. Genevieve Dora, MUHS, 19-1.
•Discus: 1. Abigail Roy, Mt. Abe, 62-10; 2. Pottinger, MUHS, 61-9; 4. Paige, MUHS, 50-10.
•Javelin: 3. Michelle Skovsgaard, MUHS, 60-4.5; 4. Roy, Mt. Abe, 57-7.
•Long jump: 3. Cathy Dyer, MUHS, 11-6.5; 4. Hammond, MUHS, 10-8.5; 5. Scout Hall, Mt. Abe, 10-3.
•Triple jump: 2. Skovsgaard, MUHS, 23-2.
•110 hurdles: 1. Nicholas Suchomel, MUHS, 19.52.
•100: 2. Branden Reynolds, Mt. Abe, 12.18; 3. Tristan Durante, MUHS, 12:34; 4. Josias Salomao, VUHS, 12.40.
•1,500: 1. Wade Mullin, VUHS, 4:47.05; 2. Nico Brayton, MUHS, 4:52.59; 3. Thomas Nevins, MUHS, 4:52.90; 4. Noah Engvall, Mt. Abe, 5:12.75; 6. Chris Therrien, VUHS, 5:18.19.
•4-by-100 relay: 3. Mt. Abe, 62.09.
TIGER RUNNER ETHAN Foster, left, Commodore Jarret Muzzy, and a White River Union sprinter get up to speed in their heat of the boys’ 100-meter dash in Friday’s high school track meet at Middlebury College, hosted by the MUHS team.
Independent photo/Steve James
•400: 4. Hugh Ball, Mt. Abe, 59.21; 5. Elvis McIntosh, MUHS, 59.32.
•300 hurdles: 1. Hunter Heffernan, MUHS, 45.68; 4. Nicholas Suchomel, MUHS, 49.56; 5. Frank Wolff, MUHS, 49.78.
•800: 2. Nathaniel McVeigh, MUHS, 2:25.65; 3. Lucas Palcsik, MUHS, 2:26.52; 4. Kieran Sheridan, MUHS, 2:27.92; 6. Jack Beauchaine, Mt. Abe, 2:28.62.
•200: 1. Oliver Roy, Mt. Abe, 25.38; 2. McIntosh, MUHS, 25.43; 3. Reynolds, Mt. Abe, 25.46; 4. Salomao, VUHS, 25.68.
VERGENNES SPRINTER JOSIAS Salomao races to the finish line in the boys’ 100-meter dash on Friday at Middlebury College. Salomao finished fourth in the 100 and in the 200.
Independent photo/Steve James
•Shot put: 2. Bridger Counter, Mt. Abe, 34-8.5; 3. Peter Wolosinski, MUHS, 33-3.5; 4. Alexander Yaggy, Mt. Abe, 32-8; 6. Gabe Quinto, VUHS, 31-3.5.
•Discus: 5. Sean Meyer, Mt. Abe, 60-7; 6. Liam Davison, Mt. Abe, 59-2.
•Javelin: 2. Counter, Mt. Abe, 119-5; 3. Wolosinski, MUHS, 115-10.5; 4. John Bent, Mt. Abe, 108-6; 5. Yaggy, Mt. Abe, 99-2.5; 6. Gabe Cason, MUHS, 98-0.5.
•Long jump: 3. Brayton, MUHS, 16-4; 4. Cason, MUHS, 15-7; 5. Darrien Brown, Mt. Abe, 15-6.

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