Track athletes reach top 10 in Burlington

BURLINGTON — Track and field athletes from Middlebury, Vergennes and Mount Abraham union high schools posted top-10 finishes at Saturday’s Burlington Invitational, a major midseason meet featuring many competitors from Division-I, II and III athletes.
The Eagles and Tigers will compete against many of the same athletes in the D-II championship meet, and the Commodores saw potential competition it will see at the D-II meet.
Tiger pole-vaulter Gabe Cason posted the best result among locals, finishing third in that specialty by clearing 10 feet, eight inches.
Tiger hurdler Merry Kimble finished fourth at the girls’ 300-meter hurdles in 49.89, and the VUHS boys’ four-by-800-meter relay team or Wade Mullin, Ben Huston, Gabe Praamsma and Erich Reitz also took fourth in 8:43:07.
Tiger runner Isabel Olson earned sixth in both the girls’ 800 (2:29.43) and 1500 (5:02.62), and the Tiger boys 4X100 relay team of Tristan Durante, Anthony Garner, Cason and Hunter Heffernan earned sixth in 47.00.
Mullin finished seventh in the boys’ 800 in 2:08.31, and two athletes took eighths: Eagle thrower Peter Koenig earned that finish in the discus with a toss of 110 feet, four inches, and Heffernan earned the same placement in the 300 hurdles in 44.60.
Finally, Commodore Ezekiel Palmer was ninth in the boys’ 400 in 54.30.

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