CVU track and field team set for Essex Invitational
The road to the state and New England competitions begins Saturday for Champlain Valley Union High track and field athletes at the annual Essex Invitational, which serves as a qualifier for the New Englands.
The State Championship meet comes up a week later at Burlington High.
Several CVU stars appear set for solid finishes at Essex.
On the girls side, based on performances earlier this month at the respected Burlington Invitational, the 4×800 relay team of Aleksey Jordick, Autumn Eastman, Taylor Spillane and Claire Trotter made an impressive first-place statement.
The 4×400 relay team (Abigail Eddy, Eliza Giles, Haliana Burhans and Tessa Tomasi) came in second.
Other promising performers were Spillane, 3,000-meter run; Isabelle Unger, 300-meter hurdles; Sara Lewis, pole vault; Brianna Hake, javelin and Ellie Blake, 400-meter run.
On the boys side, Roshi Brooklyn (hurdles), Shane Haley (high jump), Thomas Keller (long jump), Matt Baurer (triple jump) and Cody Putre (pole vault) are among hopefuls to advance to the New Englands, which takes the top six finishers in each event.
The future outlook was on display at a South Burlington High freshman meet this past Saturday as CVU girls captured four victories. Winners were Emma Bray (100 hurdles), Kate Burke (300 hurdles), Maddie Tieso (high jump) and the 4×800 relay team.
Devon Cantor’s runner-up finish in the pole vault paced the CVU freshman boys.
Playoffs next for CVU tennis teams
As the calendar turned into midweek, Champlain Valley Union High’s girls and boys tennis teams were awaiting Vermont Principals’ Association pairings for both individual and team tournaments.
Coach Amy deGroot’s girls put the final touches on an undefeated (14-0) and probable top team playoff seeding with a 7-0 popping of Mount Mansfield Union High on Monday in Jericho.
Frank Babbott’s boys team finished 7-7 with a 7-0 victory Monday over Mount Mansfield at the Redhawks’ home Shelburne courts.
Boys individual winners were Liam Kelley, Henri St. Pierre, Joey O’Brien, David Keyes and Conor Mcquiston. Doubles were won by the duos of Asa Cloutier-Brad Barth and Chris Vecchio-Josh Huber.
Girls individual triumphs went to Anna Clare Smith, Emily Polhemus, Claire Stoner, Andrea Joseph and Evelyn Mitchell. Mackenzie Buckman-Leah Epstein and Becca Daniels-Andrea Young teams took doubles.
Under the lights at South Burlington High on Tuesday night, the 12-2 Rebels boys lacrosse team had all the moves, popping the 11-4 Champlain Valley Union High Redhawks 15-7.
It was South Burlington’s second win over CVU.
Christian Goulette had a pair of scores for the ‘Hawks, who were outshot 29-22 by the Rebels.
Jack Tomashot fired a 72 to grab medalist honors, as the CVU golf team bumped off Essex High 325-395 on Tuesday at Cedar Knoll.
Peter Scrimgeour (80), Carter Knox (81), Todd Forester (92) and Ted Hadley (95) completed the Redhawks’ victory.
The Champlain Valley Union High softball team fell 1-13 on Tuesday as a mighty 14-1 Bellows Free Academy of St. Albans combine rolled to a 27-3 win at the Hinesburg field.
Leah Lister singled home one of the CVU runs.