MAU reigns supreme in home opener
BENNINGTON >> Nothing like some home cooking to get your team off and running.
In their first home meet of the season on April 16, the Mount Anthony boys and girls track teams came out ready to show their talents to their hometown fans and did so in a dominating fashion.
Both the boys and girls teams won the meet for the Patriots, with the boys scoring a winning total of 132.5 to edge Rutland by 30 points and the girls winning with an impressive point total of 195.5, beating second place Rutland by 125 points.
"All of our kids came out and performed really well today," said MAU coach Charnay Ryland. "Our goal and expectations as a team today was to win and it was great to see them do that on the track today."
On the boys side, the Patriots were led by sophomore Skyler Hoyt, who had a great day all around.
In the field, the sophomore picked up two first place finishes, with a winning mark of 19 feet one inches in the long jump and a winning leap of 5 feet eight inches in the high jump.
Hoyt also showed off his speed on the track, helping anchor both the Patriots 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams that placed first in each event, giving Hoyt four first places finishes.
"It was a goal of mine to try to win all four events, but I still didn't expect it to happen," Hoyt said. "Thankfully though I was able to win both my field events and then with the help of teammates win both our relay events, so it's a great feeling to know I was able to accomplish that feat today."
Seniors Tanner Jelley and Alan Bernard each had good days on the track to for MAU.
Bernard has two second places finishes in the 100 meter and 200 meters races, while Jelley finished third in the 100 meter race and got second place in the long jump.
Both seniors were also part of each of the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams that placed first for MAU.
Freshman Austin Martinka grabbed a first place finish in the triple jump for the Patriots as well.
For the MAU girls, junior Abby Whitman, just like Hoyt, had four first place finishes on the day for the Patriots.
Whitman finished first in the long jump, high jump, 100 meter dash and was apart of the Patriots 4x100 relay team that won gold in Friday's meet.
"Feels amazing to grab four first places finishes," Whitman said. "All the hard work that I have been putting in really paid off today and I am also happy to see that a lot of other girls on the team had great days too."
The Patriots had a great day in the field, as they grabbed the top three spots in the shot put with Faith Sullivan finishing in first place for the Patriots.
Sullivan also placed first in the discus, while teammate Sophia Prandini earned third place honors in the event to along with her second place finish in the shot put.
Senior Taylor Bushika finished first in the high jump for MAU with a state qualifying mark of four meet six inches and sophomore Makayla Gelheiser grabbed a first place finish for the Patriots in the 3000 meter race.
The Patriots 4x400 relay team also grabbed gold on the day for MAU as well.
Other local teams competing at the meet were Burr and Burton and Arlington. The BBA boys tied for fourth as a team with 36 points, while Arlington was sixth with 14 points. On the girls side, BBA was fourth with 57 points and Arlington was sixth with 25 points.
BBA had some nice performances on the day from their athletes, starting with Ciel Sun winning the boys' 400 meter race in 54.91 seconds. Sun also placed third in the high jump for the Bulldogs, leaping 5 feet, 4 inches.
Lydia Maier placed first in the girls 300 meter hurdles for BBA in a time of 52.59, while teammate Gabby Blanchard finished in second for the Bulldogs in the 200 meter dash.
Raili Utiger was sixth in the discus and second in triple jump with a mark of 27 feet, 4 inches.
In the boys 1500 meter race, Anders Proft finished in second place for BBA in 4 minutes, 41.7 seconds and placed third in the 800 meter dash for the Bulldogs as well, finishing in 2:22.39.
Lucas Stroffoleno was second in the 800 in 2:21, while Chase Hoyt placed third in the 3000 meter race for Arlington, finishing in 11:52.2.
The Patriots will be at home again in their next meet when they host Taconic on April 26.
"We have stressed the importance of winning as a team and having that help us reach our own personal goals, so today was a great showing of that," Ryland said. "We just have to keep on getting better in every meet and focusing on the task at hand which is to win a team state championship."
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