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Eagle, Tiger athletes excel at Mt. Abe

TIGER FRESHMAN JOSHUA Kafumbe gets some serious air while finishing sixth in the long jump at Monday’s track & field meet at Mount Abraham. Independent photo/Steve James

BRISTOL — The host Mount Abraham boys enjoyed their day in the spring sun on Monday, when they came out on top of an eight-team home track and field meet with 169 points, besting second-place Richford (142) and third-place Middlebury (91).

Rice (130.5) prevailed on the girls’ side, ahead of MUHS (110.5) and the host Eagles (85).

Gavin Bannister led the Mount Abe boys by sweeping the hurdles and placing at 400 meters and in the triple jump. Eagle Joe Darling won the long and triple jumps, Alex Yaggy won the javelin and took second in the shot put, and Evan Roy prevailed in the pole vault as Mount Abe excelled in the field events.

The Tiger boys won the four-by-100-meter relay (Greg Wilhelm, Haakon Olsen, Eliot Schneider and Ethan Foster) and the 4X800 (Matt Berg, Noah Berg, Ethan Spritzer and Baker Nelson).

EAGLE WHITNEY DYKSTRA helped the Mount Abe girls’ 4X100 relay team finish third at Monday’s track meet in Bristol.
Independent photo/Steve James

The MUHS girls got individual event wins from Jazmyn Hurley at 100 meters and Zoe Noble in the 100 hurdles, and they swept the relay events.

Viviana Hammond, Zoe Noble, Hurley and Natalia Mendez Capelan won the 4X100-meter relay; Ella Landis, Beth McIntosh, Sarah Benz and Hannah Turner prevailed in the 4X400; and Landis, McIntosh, Seina Dowgiewicz and Turner took the 4X800.

The Eagle girls won only one event: Olivia Devino claimed the pole vault.

Both local head coaches, the Eagles’ Eva Friend and the Tigers’ Ben Weir, were just pleased to finally be out in reasonable weather and to continue to let athletes work on their times, heights and distances, and in some cases continue to experiment with new events.

Both teams also continue to work towards qualifying athletes for the Division II championship meet. At about the midway point in the season, Friend said her team is enjoying its most successful season in a few years and has about a dozen athletes qualified in as many events so far. Weir said the count of D-II qualifying marks for his larger team is up to about 16 in 28 events.

MOUNT ABE’S ISABELLA Shea, middle, finished in a third-place tie in the 100-meter hurdles in Monday’s track meet in Bristol.
Independent photo/Steve James

The Eagles also placed well at an away event three days earlier also attended by the Vergennes team; see below.

Boys’ individual results at Mount Abe on Monday were:

  • 100 meters: 6. Foster, MU, 12.86.
  • 400: 2. Noah Engvall, MA, 58.18; 4. Bannister, MA, 58.61; 6. Spritzer, MU, 1:00.06.
  • 800: 2. Noah Berg, MU, 2:21.42; 4. Hugh Ball, MA, 2:27.48; 5. Spritzer, MU, 2:30.81; 6. Aaron Carr-Perlow, MU, 2:32.74.
  • 1,500: 2. Baxter Harrington, MU, 4:38.95; 3. N. Berg, MU, 4:49.01; 4. Engvall, MA, 5:02.93; 5. Toby Wells-Spackman, MU, 5:06.42; 6. Baker Nelson, MU, 5:07.14.
  • 3,000: 2. Schneider, MU, 10:18.16; 3. Harrington, MU, 10:18.84.
  • 110 hurdles: 1. Bannister, MA, 17.42; 4. Dustin Lavigne, MA, 20.93.
  • 300 hurdles: 1. Bannister, MA, 48.39; 4. Lavigne, MA, 53.54.
  • 4X100 relay: 1. MU, 49.38 (Wilhelm, Olsen, Schneider, Foster).
  • 4X400: 2. MA, 4:19.37 (William Illiff, Tristan Parker, Ball, Engvall).
  • 4X800: 1, MU, 9:45.82 (M. Berg, N. Berg, Spritzer, Nelson); 2. MA, 10:33.31 (Illiff, Luke Mayer, Ball, Engvall).
  • Shot put: 2. Yaggy, MA, 36 feet, 7 inches; 4. Darling, MA, 31-10.5.
  • Discus: 6. Yaggy, MA, 25.42 meters.
  • Javelin: 1 Yaggy, MA, 124-11; 6. Parker, MA, 100.06.
  • Pole vault: 1. Roy, MA, 9-6; 2. Nathaniel Gustin, MA, 7-6.
  • Long jump: 1. Darling, MA, 18-6; 2. Lavigne, MA, 16-10; 6. Joseph Kafumbe, MU, 14-10.
  • Triple jump: 1. Darling, MA, 37-1; 3. Bannister, MA, 35-05; 6. Lavigne, MA, 32-1.

EAGLE SENIOR GAVIN Bannister swept the hurdling races and placed in the top three in two other events to help the Mount Abe boys win their home track and field meet on Monday.
Independent photo/Steve James

The girls’ individual results at Mount Abe were:

  • 100 meters: 1. Hurley, MU, 13.65; 5. Maddie Donaldson, MA, 14.41.
  • 200: 2. Mendez Capelan, MU, 29.18.
  • 400: 4. Benz, MU, 1:10.82; 5. Hammond, MU, 1:11.34; 6. Abigail Sturtevant, MA, 1:11.75.
  • 800: 5. Lauren Cousino, MA, 2:48.
  • 1,500: 3. Landis, MU, 5:24.33; 5. McIntosh, MU, 5:40.17; 5. Cousino, MA, 5:47.8.
  • 3,000: 1. Estella Laird, North Branch School, 11:21.09.
  • 100 hurdles: 1. Noble, MU, 18:85; 3. Isabella Shea, MA, 19.92; 5. Ruby Jean Hall, MA, 19.99.
  • 300 hurdles: 4. Noble, MU, 56.54.
  • 4X100 relay: 1. MU, 56.89 (Hammond, Noble, Hurley, Mendez Capelan); 3. MA, 1:02.96 (Hazel Stoddard, Maisy Hill, Ellison Thomas, Whitney Dykstra).
  • 4X400: 1. MU, 4.40 (Landis, McIntosh, Benz, Turner).
  • 4X800: 1. MU, 11:12.17 (Landis, McIntosh, Dowgiewicz, Turner); 3. MA, 11:56.86 (Cousino, Thomas, Abigail Johnson, Kayla Friend)
  • Shot put: 5. Grace Orvis, MA, 18-0.5; 6. Jessie Bodette, MU, 17-9.5.
  • Discus: 2. Cady Pitner, MU, 17.84M; 3. Donaldson, MA, 17.77M.
  • Javelin: 5. Stella Scalia, MU, 51-5.
  • Pole vault: 1. Devino, MA, 7-0.
  • Long jump: 5. Genevieve Mott, MU, 12.02.

MUHS FRESHMAN JESSIE Bodette prepares to toss the shotput during Monday’s track & field meet at Mount Abraham. Bodette earned sixth place in the event.
Independent photo/Steve James

MILTON MEET

On May 6 the Eagle boys took second and the Mount Abe girls third at a seven-team meet hosted by Milton. Vergennes also participated, with the Commodore boys’ finishing fifth. Mount Mansfield won both sides of the event.

The top three boys’ teams were MMU, 265; Mount Abe, 147; and Randolph, 74. VUHS scored 30.

On the girls’ side MMU won with 258, followed by Missisquoi (96) and Mount Abe (88).

Bannister led the boys with wins in both hurdling events. The Eagle girls won two relay races.

BOYS’ RESULTS

  • 400: 3. Bannister, M, 57.28; 5. Ryder Messenger, VUHS, 57.49; 6. Engvall, M, 58.22.
  • 800: 4. Calvin Gramling, V, 2:31.55; 5. Grey Fearon, V, 2:33.23; 6. Andrew Lester, M, 2:38.83.
  • 1,500: 2. Engvall, M, 4:56.43.
  • 3,000: 3. Chris Therrien, V, 12:19.03.
  • 110 hurdles: 1. Bannister, M, 16.93; 4. Lavigne, M, 21.03.
  • 300 hurdles; 1. Bannister, M, 47.21.
  • 4X100: 3. M, 54.32 (Elliot Senecal, Sean Davison, Parker, Ian Stevers.
  • 4X400: 2. M, 4:20.67 (Illiff, Parker, Ball, Engvall).
  • 4X800: 1. M, 12:14.69 (Illiff, Mayer, Ball, Engvall).
  • Shot: 2. Yaggy, M, 10.96 meters; 5. Lester, M, 8.28M; 6. Fearon, V, 7.84M.
  • Discus: 3. Yaggy, M, 25.91; 6: Lester, M, 21.08M.
  • Javelin: 2. Yaggy, M, 36.37M; 3. Illiff, M, 30.92M; 5. Parker, M, 30M; 6. Gustin, M, 26.87M.
  • Pole Vault: 4. Evan Roy, M, 2.9M.
  • Long jump: 4. Lavigne, M, 4.74M.
  • Triple jump: 2. Bannister, 9.43M.

GIRLS’ RESULTS

  • 400: 4. Friend, M, 1:13.95; 6. Sturtevant, M, 1:14.7.
  • 800: 5. Cousino, M, 2:48.29.
  • 1,500: 3. Cousino, M, 5:40.91.
  • 100 hurdles: 1. Hall, M, 19.31; 2. Hill, M, 19.82.
  • 4X400: 1. M, 5:04 (Cousino, Friend, Donaldson, Hill); 2. M, 5:14.33 (Hazel Stoddard, Hall, Sturtevant, Johnson).
  • 4X800: 1. M, 13.22.5 (Conrad, Friend, Thomas, Johnson).
  • Discus: 6. Donaldson, M, 19.69M.
  • Pole Vault: 4. Devino, M, 1.83M.
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