Leading the way on the day was the girls’ 4x100-meter relay team of Alex Kennedy, Sammy Cunningham-Darrah, Emily Furlon, and Jennifer Jones. The team shaved two seconds off its previous best time, clocking in at 55.24 seconds. That time was good for third.
“The team nearly came away with a state championship,” said Wildcats coach Russell Mayhew. “Only 0.17 seconds separated first place from third. The winning team, Springfield, beat Winooski by just 0.01 seconds.”
Kennedy also scored points for the team with a fifth-place finish in the 400, clocking in at 1 minute, 5 seconds. Cunningham-Darrah just missed qualifying for the 100 finals, finish 0.03 seconds behind the sixth qualifier. “Her time of 13.86 in the qualifying round would have been good enough for a fifth place finish in the finals,” said Mayhew. Cunningham-Darrah also placed seventh in the 33-meter hurdles and 14th in the 200.
Jones finished 10th in the 100 qualifiers with a time of 14.06.
Freshman Hannah Swanson continued to throw well in the field events. She finished 12th in the discuss with a throw of 65’ 10” and 19th in the shot with a put of 21’ 4.” The girls team finished in 15th place, with eight combined points.
On the boys’ side of the ledger, junior Xavier Wiseman had the best finish of the day. He placed 12th in the long jump with a 15’ 6” effort. Wiseman also finished 13th in the 100. Hunter Therrien ran 18th in the 100. TJ Manton finished 25th in the 100 and 28th in the 200. Joel Gonzalez placed 36th in the discus.
Local athletes compete in
D-1 track championships
Two Brattleboro Union High School athletes from the Deerfield Valley competed with their team at the D-I state championships, held Saturday at Burlington High School.
Dover’s Ursula Casey finished ninth in the triple jump. She also finished 25th in the 100-meter hurdles and fouled out of the long jump. Bailey Paige, from Wilmington, placed 27th in the 800-meter run.