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Skorstad Stars in High School T&F Season Opener

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photo by Soren Stelma-Leonard
Craftbury Academy’s Silas Hunt competes at the first track and field meet at St. Johnsbury Academy.

ST. JOHNSBURY – Senior Sadie Skorstad stole the show last week, capturing her first career title in the 400m as both Craftsbury Academy (CA) and Hazen Union kicked off the high school track and field season last week at St. Johnsbury Academy (SJA).

Skorstad’s time of 1:06.64 in the 400m on Thursday was a personal best and over a second-and-a half better than runner-up Talia Jacobs of Northfield. The multi-sport standout for both CA and Hazen the past two years also posted a personal record in the 100m, good enough for a fourth-place finish.

Fellow teammate Adelina Augsberger posted her own personal best in the same event to finish ninth.

Freshman Aven Thomas of SJA edged Northfield’s Jillian Doktor to take home the title.

Augsberger also placed sixth in the 200m behind event winner Lola Ide of SJA.

Freshman Natalie Hill was also impressive in her first varsity competition for CA, setting personal records in both the shot put and discus events.

On the boys’ side, senior Silas Hunt was stellar for the Chargers in his season opener with a third-place finish in the 1500m, finishing only behind Division I Nicholas Kidder (1st) and runner-up Carsen Eames of SJA. Hunt and sophomore teammate Soren Stelma-Leonard also posted an impressive fourth- and fifth-place finish in the 800m, besting all competitors within their division.


photo by Soren Stelma-Leonard
Craftbury Academy’s Sadie Skorstad captures the 400m event in the season opener at St. Johnsbury Academy.

SJA’s Emmett Johnson took home the title, followed by teammates Moses Andrews and John Thornton-Sherman.

Freshman Kosmos Gletos also posted personal bests in both field events and fellow freshman accomplished the same feat for CA in the 100m and 200m.

“Our Charger team had a great first showing at the SJA event. We were missing three of our top distance runners, but still had several of our athletes place in the top ten in multiple races. We’ll still be a little shorthanded going into our next meet but it should be another great day!” said head coach Sarah Hunt.

Hazen’s Manny Fliegelman was awesome in his first varsity competition, finishing third in the 3000m behind only SJA’s Isaac Lenzini (1st) and runner-up Joel Thornton-Sherman. The freshman wrapped up his impressive day with a personal best in the 1500m, good enough for eighth place.

Senior Gabe Aubuchon set personal bests in both the 100m and 400m for the Wildcats. Freshman Daniel Pougnier and sophomore Lewis LaPierre did the same in the javelin event.

“SJA was a great first track meet for our team. It was good to get out there and finally get running outside on the track! Gabe breaking into the 13 second range in the 100m and Manny taking six seconds off his 1500m time were really big!” said head coach Kathy Fortmann.

Both programs were back in action at Lyndon Institute on Tuesday. The middle school track and field season is scheduled to kick off on Wednesday at U-32.

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