Track stars qualify for New England meet

ESTELLA LAIRD, A ninth-grader at North Branch School in Ripton, leads a pack through a torrential downpour in the 1500-meter race at Saturday’s Essex invitational. Laird earned fifth place in a meet that included schools from all divisions. Photo by Joe McVeigh

Ten athletes from Addison County schools earned the right to compete at the New England High School Track & Field Championship meet by virtue of top-six finishes at the Essex Invitational qualifying meet this past Saturday.

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