Athletes heading to Conn. for New England meet
By Mal Boright
The girls finished sixth and the boys seventh in Saturday’s Division 1 State Track and Field Meet at Burlington High School, leaving Champlain Valley Union High coach Eli Enman pleased and looking ahead to next season.
Before that, however, as many as 10 athletes will participate in the New England meet this weekend in Connecticut after qualifying at the Essex Invitational.
Enman said there were good performances by his athletes Saturday, which resulted in one first and two second place finishes. There were 18 sixth or better places for the Redhawks.
The victory went to James Pieper-Lococo in the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.96 seconds.
Pieper-Lococo was closing in on a possible win in the 300 hurdles when he crashed into the final hurdle and had to be rushed to the hospital with a fractured arm.
“He (Pieper-Lococo) had come from behind with a 100 percent effort. A hurdler next to him fell and he went down also,” Enman said.
The coach said he saw Pieper-Lococo in the hospital after the injury was operated on and said, “He was in good spirits.”
Before the spill, the CVU runner had a great day going. Along with his win in the 100 hurdles, he was sixth in the 100 dash and anchored a fourth place finish for the 100 relay team.
A second place finish in the pole vault was claimed by Sam Chevalier with a height of 12 feet even. It was the same as winner Edward Simon of Bellows Free Academy of St. Albans but Chevalier had more misses in earlier tries.
Third place in the vault went to Redhawk Josh Campagna.
Anthony Jordick was prominent with a fifth in the 400 run plus roles in the fourth place marks by the 100 and 400 relay teams.
Best finish among the girls was by Haleigh Smith with a second in the triple jump. She also captured a fourth in the long jump and anchored the 100 relay team’s fifth place.
It was also a busy day for Summer Spillane, who ran to fourth place finishes in the 1,500 and 3,000 tours, led a sixth place effort by the 800 relay team and notched a sixth in the pole vault.
The numbers going to the New Englands would be nine or 10 depending on whether Enman will be allowed to name a replacement for the injured Pieper-Lococo on the relay team, which was qualified for the trip.
Enman said several members of his relatively youthful team were close to qualifying for the finals and, while a few solid performers will be lost to graduation, the overall prospects for next year look very good.