2017 Essex Invitational: New England Qualifying Meet

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May 27, 2017 – essex, Vt

Each year there is only one opportunity for the best athletes high school athletes in the state of Vermont to come together during outdoor track. The Essex Invitational serves as the New England qualifying meet. Athletes from all divisions fight for just six spots in each event, and a chance to represent Vermont at the New England Championship. This year’s edition of the most talent heavy competition of the season did not disappoint.

In 1969, Nixon succeed Lyndon B. Johnson as president, NASA launched Apollo 9 through 12, and Tom Titus (CVU) long jumped 22-06.25 inches to set the Vermont state long jump record. Many things changed over the next 48 years. One thing that persisted was that long jump record… until Saturday. Bill Wood (Woodstock) soared off the board on his final attempt of the competition to a mark of 22-09.50. When he landed, it was as if a shock wave emanated from the sand as onlookers rose to their feet in anticipation. When the final measurement was taken, Bill and his competitors jumped up and down screaming – a very fitting way to celebrate a record leap.  In addition to his first place finish in the long jump,  Bill also picked up a pair of fourth place finishes in the 100m and 200m dash.

Bill Wood (Woodstock) poses for a picture after setting a new state record

In our last post, we made the claim that Sonia John (Rice Memorial) does not lose. She witnessed Bill’s performance and thought, “Anything you can do, I can do better!” Sonia competed in three events (100m, 200m, and 400m), and she won three events. She also set a new Division 2 state record in the 200m (25.47), and a new overall state record in the 400m (56.45). Sonia will be one of the top overall sprinters going into the New England Championship.

Highlights

There were other standout performances on Saturday. Tyler Marshall (CVU) doubled up with wins in the 800m and 1500m runs, setting a new meet record in the 1500m with a time of 3:57.54. Molly McCreedy (U-32) is arguably the best overall thrower in the state. She won the discus with a meet record throw of 131-08, about 30 feet farther than second place. She was also third in the shot put with the top three throwers only separated by 4 inches.

Sade Hankey (Essex), DJ Snide (Bellows Falls), and Ismail Liban (Burlington were all double event winners. Ian Clough (St. Johnsbury) set a new meet record in the 100m with a time of 10.90. St. Johnsbury boys swept all three relays to display their considerable depth. Maddie Khamnei (Burlington) was a surprise winner in the long jump. The senior sprinter started jumping seriously only about a month ago.

Essex Invites was about individual achievement. Next up are the state championship meets where the focus is on team performance and collective sacrifice. Division 4 will be first out of the blocks on championship weekend. That meet will be Friday night at Green Mountain Union. The same site hosts the Division 3 championship on Saturday. Simultaneously, Division 2 will be competing at U-32, and Division 1 will be at Burlington High School. Check out our calendar for more details about the state championship meets.

Stay fast,

Kevin

 

The Fifth Annual Coaches vs. Cancer Twilight Open

May 6, 2017

The Fifth Annual Coaches vs. Cancer Twilight meet at South Burlington High School featured 23 Vermont high school teams and about 700 athletes. The meet has seen growth in each of the past five years and this was the largest participant pool yet. This was the first major competition held on the newly refurbished South Burlington athletic facility. The athletes did not disappoint and broke in the new surface by breaking old records. Meet records were set on both sides of the competitions. The girls established 7 new marks and the boys broke 5 records on the day. Continue reading

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While we still may be training indoors for the next few weeks, indoor meets have all wrapped up.  It was a fun three months of competing that led our club to a New England title and a runner-up prize at the USATF Adirondack Championship Continue reading

For the Love of Speed: Part 2

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February 25, 2017 – USA Track & Field Adirondack Association Championship

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Six days after our New England championship effort at Harvard, our team was on the road again. We received an invitation from the Adirondack President, Rick Choppa, to participate in their championship at Utica College. In 2015, Utica opened up the Tod and Jen Hutton Sports and Recreation Center. It is an amazing 135,000 square foot dome that holds an 8 lane, 200m track with adjacent jump pits and turf field.

The first event of the meet was the 3000m Race Walk. There were three competitors entered: Emerson Hernandez and Dave Talcott of Shore Athletic Club, and Kyle McLane of Sprinticity. Emerson Hernandez represented El Salvador at the 2012 London Olympics. Continue reading

February 19, 2017 – USA Track & Field New England Indoor Association Championship

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New England Champions

It’s becoming a familiar title for Sprinticity. A couple of years ago our women’s team won the outdoor New England title. Last summer, our men’s team was able to match that accomplishment. However, we hadn’t been able to pull together a championship team for the indoor championship. Getting enough athletes to the meet has been the greatest challenge in the past. The meet is always at Harvard because many of the clubs are based around Boston; we travel farther than almost every other club in the New England Association. This year, our high school athletes were able to join and that made all the difference. Continue reading

Hurdle Finals Dartmouth

For the Love of Speed: Part 1

This special Valentine’s Day edition of our blog is an update on what our club has been doing on the track for the past couple of months. A strong group of Sprinticity athletes has been competing throughout the winter and there have been a plethora of exciting performances to share! This post shows excerpts (click on the photos or text to read more) from several of the meet reports for competitions from earlier this winter. We will put out part two in a few weeks after our last two meets. Continue reading

Shapiro Fieldhouse

2017 New England Qualifier + Preview of States

January 28, 2017 – Northfield, VT

Vermont New England Track & Field Qualifier Results

A gun goes off at 11:15.00 AM. This is not an unfamiliar sound at the birthplace of ROTC. It was the sound of a starting gun reverberating off the walls of Shapiro Field house, a 50,000 square foot training facility located on the Norwich University campus. At 11:15.10 AM, bodies dipped and leaned towards a line 55m and 5 hurdles away from where they had been a mere 10 seconds prior to that moment. Continue reading