Coming off a record-setting event last Saturday by distance runner Autumn Eastman and a slew of qualifiers for the New England Regional meet in mid-June, the Champlain Valley Union High boys and girls track and field athletes are preparing this week for the Vermont Division 1 championships at Burlington High School Saturday.
Eastman snapped the meet record in the 3,000-meter event and also won the 1,500 at the Essex Invitational, which brings together competitors from all divisions in one of the premier meets of the season and the chase for positions in the New Englands.
“I want to thank all of my supporters,” Eastman said to WCAX-TV cameras after the races. “I could not do this without them.”
CVU athletes came away with four individual triumphs plus a relay crown by the boys 4×100 quartet.
Eastman ran the 3,000 in nine minutes and 55.53 seconds to smash the meet record. It was the second time in May the CVU flash has broken through the 10-minute barrier.
She scampered to victory in the 1,500 in 4:39.95 with a 10-second separation over the runner-up.
CVU’s other individual top spot came from Brianna Hake in the girls’ javelin.
The CVU winning relay team was comprised of Shane Hanlon, David Daly, Louis St. Pierre and Tawn Tomasi.
Girls also finishing in a top six slot and making the New Englands were: Leah Berger (800 meters); Sophia Gorman (3,000); Eliza Giles (300 hurdles); Emily Geske and Alison Kahn (pole vault) plus the 100 and 800 relay teams.
Other boys now in the regional include: Tomasi (100); Zach Marshall (3,000); Tyler Van Dyk (pole vault); Richard Tegatz (discus); Richard Fox (javelin) and the 800 relay team.