Area Teams Compete in Track and Field Meets

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Craftsbury Academy’s Sadie Skorstad (front) and Adelina Augsberger (back) competed at the Twilight Invitational in South Burlington.

MONTPELIER – Local athletes from Craftsbury Academy (CA), Hazen Union, and Cabot were back in competition last week for their high school track and field programs at U-32 and the Twilight Invitational at South Burlington.

The return of seniors Alex and Matthew Califano for their first competition of the season gave CA’s track and field team a shot in the arm last Wednesday. The dynamic duo wasted little time making their presence known in the distance events with a runner-up finish from Matthew and a fourth-place finish from Alex in the 3000m. Spaulding’s Nicholas Kidder bested the field.

Fellow senior Silas Hunt also returned to action for the Chargers after three weeks off and posted a sixth-place finish in the 1500m, won by Cyrus Hansen of U-32.

Freshman Theo Alexander recorded his best time for CA in the same event.

Junior Charlie Kehler continued his solid start to the season with personal bests in both the 400m (9th place) and 800m (6th place).

Luke Page of U-32 and Montpelier’s Noah Rivera earned first place honors.

Charger freshmen Raz Mille and Kosmos Glestos also recorded personal bests in the 3000m and discus events.

On the girls’ side, Sadie Skorstad is showing no signs of slowing down, competing in both softball and track and field for the Chargers. With a win already under her belt this season, the senior star finished third in the 400m behind event winner Anna Wetherell of Montpelier. She also had a solid fourth place finish in the 200m, won by Mollie Mislak of U-32.

Sophomore teammate Adelina Augsberger is also a multi-sport athlete for CA this spring and recorded a personal best time and a fifth-place finish in the same event. The duo also ran their best times of the season in the 1500m for CA, good enough for top 10 finishes behind Mckenna Knapp of North Country.

Freshman Natalie Hill continued to make strides in her first varsity season at CA, recording personal bests in both the shot put and discus events.

Cabot senior Camryn Hoffman had another impressive meet, running her best time of the season in both the 400m and 3000m events, finishing seventh and sixth respectively. Elsie Koger of U-32 took home the hardware in the 3000m. Hoffman, along with CA’s Silas Hunt and Charlie Kehler, also competed in the South Burlington Twilight Invitational on Saturday against the biggest fields of the young season from all divisions. Hoffman shaved more time off in both the 800m and 1500m, securing an impressive top-10 finish versus the best Division I runners in the state in the 800m. Hunt and Kehler also ran their best times of the season in the 1500m, good enough to finish in the top 20.

Hazen Union freshman Daniel Pougnier ran the best time of his young career in the 3000m, finishing seventh. He also recorded a personal record in the javelin event for the Wildcats.

Gabe Aubuchon shaved time off in both the 200m and 400m, sophomore Lewis LaPierre recorded his best javelin throw of the season, and fellow sophomore Chloe Dyer had personal bests for Hazen in the 100m and 200m.

Freshman Lucy DiMarco competed in her first ever track and field competition for the Wildcats in both the same events.

“All of our high school runners produced personal bests in every event they competed in at U-32, with Daniel taking a whopping 26 seconds off his 3000m time. We are looking forward to North Country this week,” said Hazen head coach Kathy Fortmann.

The high schoolers will be back in action on Wednesday at North Country.

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