June 11, 2009
By Mal Boright
After solid performances in the Vermont State Meet at Burlington High School Saturday, nine members of the Champlain Valley Union High School track and field team are qualified to return to BHS this Saturday for the New England meet.
Observer photo by Karen Pike
Tony Sulva of Champlain Valley Union High runs in the 4-by-800 meter relay during the track finals on Saturday. The Redhawks placed first in the event.
Qualification for the regional event was through the Essex Invitationals two weeks ago, in which the top six finishers in each discipline became eligible.
CVU coach Eli Enman said Tuesday that a few of the CVU athletes may not compete Saturday but that at least six probably will.
The Redhawks’ 4-by-800 girls relay team won in Essex but was later disqualified due to one of the runners wearing a small earring, thus violating a rule against jewelry. CVU protested the disqualification to the Vermont Principals’ Association, but the ruling was upheld.
CVU athletic director Kevin Riell said the protest was made in an effort to eventually get the national Federation of High School Athletics rule modified for Vermont use.
Among Redhawks set for the big meet as of Tuesday were boys runners Tony and Matt Sulva, who will compete in the 800. From the girls team will be Haleigh Smith in the triple jump, Maya Grevatt in pole vault and Virginia Farley in the 1,600 and 3,200 runs.
As for the CVU showing in the state meet, Enman was pleased with the overall work of his team, which produced a sixth place team finish for the boys and seventh place finish for the girls.
Burlington took the boys side with 81 points, the Seahorses’ first title since the late 1970s. CVU totaled 47.7 points.
Essex High rolled up a big victory in the girls division, racking up 145 points. CVU earned 35.
The lone Redhawks’ victory of the day went to the boys 4-by-800 relay team of Jason Clairmont, Zak Pete and the two Sulvas in a time of 8 minutes, 12.38 seconds.
Tony Sulva took second in the 1,500 and fourth in the 800, both times finishing behind winner Adron Pitmon of Mount Mansfield Union High, who set a meet record of 1:54.80 in the 800.
Matt Sulva, who was ill, was held out of the individual races but made his presence felt in the relays. Also including Clairmont, Scott Cherhoniak and Tony Sulva, the group took third in the 4-by-400.
Other CVU boys high finishers included James Pieper-Lococo (3rd, 300 hurdles), Cherhoniak (5th, long jump), Dale Conger (5th, shot put and javelin) and pole vaulters Brayden McKenna and Josh Campagna, who were in a three-way tie for third.
Among the girls, Kendall Berry took second in the 400. Maddy Christian gained a fourth in the 1,500 and fifth in the 3,000. Summer Spillane took sixth in the 1,500.
The 4-by-800 relay team of Sara Lewis, Berry, Lily Roberts-Gevalt and Spillane took a second place while Smith was runner-up in the triple jump and Grevatt fifth on the vault.