May 15th, 2014
By Mal Boright
Champlain Valley Union High ladies and gents track teams will go their separate ways this weekend.
The boys will be in St. Albans Friday afternoon for the annual Bobwhite relays at Bellows Free Academy while the girls will be running Saturday morning in the South Burlington High relays.
The pick-em-up-and-lay-em-down competitions come a week after the full track and field team scored six first-place finishes Saturday in the prestigious Burlington High Invitational, the season’s inaugural large event.
Leading the way for the Redhawks was senior runner Autumn Eastman who won the 800-meter run with a time of two minutes and 16.21 seconds to snap a meet record that had stood for 22 springs, having been set during the final year of the George H.W. Bush adminstration.
But it was not the only blue ribbon for Eastman, who labored long, hard and very successfully.
She also won the 1,500 in 4:46.65 and took part in CVU victories in the 400 and 800 relays.
Those four-for-four triumphs earned for Eastman the meet’s Outstanding Female Track Athlete award.
CVU teammate Leah Berger took third in the 800 and fifth in the 1,500. She also was part of the winning quartet in both relays.
Haliana Burhans and Sadie Otley were on the 400 meter relay team while Sophia Gorman and Maeve Higgins joined Eastman and Berger on the 800 team.
CVU’s Brianna Hake also posted a victory in the girls’ javelin with a launch of 118.2.
In the pole vault, CVU’s Emily Geske was runner-up and Alison Kahn took fourth.
Richard Fox was the boys’ lone winner, as he scored in the javelin with a toss of 153.1.
Zach Marshall was third in the 3,000 run and Tyler Marshall sixth. The relay teams were second in the 800 and third in the 400.
CVU (156.5) took third place in the overall combined team totals, behind winner Essex High (189.33) and second place Burlington High (160).