Track and Field Roundup

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Gabe Aubuchon was the only senior on the Hazen Union track and field team.

S. BURLINGTON – Local middle school track and fielders got the chance to wrap up their season on the biggest stage of the season at UVM two weeks ago. The St. Johnsbury Academy (SJA) varsity boys’ team kept the dynasty going with their fourth straight Division I title, and a pair of Craftsbury Academy (CA) seniors will be taking their talents to the collegiate level this coming fall.

On June 2 at the Vermont Middle School State Championships, against the largest fields of the year at UVM, Danville seventh-grader Riley Barrett ran her best times of the season in both the 100m, 200m, and 400m events, finishing fifteenth, eleventh, and thirteenth respectively.

Lucy Walker-Borch of Essex took home state titles in all three events.

Fifth-grader Taryn Barrett posted an impressive top 10 finish in the javelin event with her best throw of the season.

Winooski’s Taraji Bradley bested the field to win the title.

Danville sixth-grader Willa Mantius (18th) and Hazen Union seventh-grader Eliza Bunten (27th) made the finals in the 1500m.

Seventh-graders Alden Pougnier (Hazen) and Landon Garrand (Danville) accomplished the same feat against crowded fields on the boys’ side in the same event.

Danville eighth grader Matthew Lalicata finished seventeenth in the 200m, behind state champion Levi Desautels of Brown River.

Both Peoples Academy girls and boys 4x100m relay teams (Acacia Baronette, Sophia Calcagni, Riele Reeve, Kayleen Jimenez, Kieron Russell, Thomas Hynes, Corbin Strong, and Aiden Jewell) earned runner-up finishes, along with teammate Genevieve Graves with her best time of the season at 800m.

Junior phenom Andrew Thornton-Sherman captured individual state titles in the 1500m, 300m hurdles, and 4x400m relay to lead the SJA boys’ track and field team to their fourth straight Division I overall state championship, clipping Essex 126-113 at Burlington High School on June 1.

Over the weekend, Thornton-Sherman ran his best time of the season in the 800m to post a runner-up finish at the New England Championships at the University of New Hampshire. Next up for Thornton-Sherman and the Hilltoppers will be the New Balance Nationals this week at the University of Pennsylvania.

Craftsbury Academy’s Matthew (10k) and Alex Califano (5k) both successfully defended their titles last week at the 47th Crowley Road Race from Proctor to Rutland. The twin brothers recently graduated from CA with multiple Division IV individual state championships, including bringing home the program’s first boys’ overall state championship in 2022. Running will certainly be in the near future for the dynamic duo as Matthew will be attending Yale this coming fall and Alex will be heading to Cornell University.

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