A slew of Champlain Valley Union High track and field athletes are heading to the New England meet after qualifying at the Essex Invitational on Tuesday. The meet was set for May 25, but driving rains and soggy conditions led it to be postponed until Tuesday.
On Saturday, the team will head to the State Championship meet, set for 9 a.m. in Burlington.
The top six athletes in each event qualify for the New England meet, set for June 8. CVU will be represented in a total 17 events.
On the girls side, speedy Haliana Burhans won the 200 meter dash and took second in the 100 meter race. Autumn Eastman won the 1,500 meter run and came in fourth in the 800 meter distance. Taylor Spillane and Julienne Devita both qualified for the 3,000 meter event, finishing second and third, respectively.
Eliza Giles will head to the New England meet after taking fifth in the 300-meter hurdles. Abigail Eddy qualified with a sixth place high jump finish. Emily Geske was second in the pole vault, and Brianna Hake second in the javelin.
On the boys side, Roshi Brooklyn was fourth in both the 110-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles. Jared Keyes was sixth in the 800 meter run. Brian Boisjoli was second in the pole vault, and Oren Klempner sixth.
CVU will have a strong relay presence at the New England meet.
The powerhouse girls 4×800 meter relay team—Devita, Eastman, Rachel Slimovitch and Spillane—handily won the event. The girls 4×100 meter relay team—Burhans, Katie Arms, Eddy and Abbey Norris—took third.
The boys 4×800 meter team of Zach Marshal, Sean Delaney, Keyes, and Sam Logenbach also clinched a victory, cruising to first place by more than 6.5 seconds.
The boys 4×400 meter relay team—Keyes, Brooklyn, Sam Longenbach and David Keyes—is also headed to the New England meet, finishing fifth in Essex.
—Stephanie Choate, Observer staff