Arlington's Ward sets new state record

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WINDSOR — Arlington's Lilah Ward led a large contingent of Eagles at the Division IV state track and field meet at Windsor High School on Saturday.

Ward set a new D-IV record in the high jump, reaching five feet, to edge out the record of 4 feet, 11 inches, set last year by Green Mountain's Avery Prescott.

The mark was four inches better than any of her jumps this season.

Dominic Whalen carried the torch for the Arlington boys, winning three state championships, two individually.

Whalen swept the distance races, winning both the 1,500 meters and the 3,000 meters. In the 1500, he ran 4 minutes, 37.89 seconds, about five seconds ahead of the field. He won the 3000 in 10:27.90. Whalen was also the anchor leg on the Eagles' 4x800 relay, who won in 9:34.05 with the team of Lewis Whalen, Gabe Enzensperger and Fausto Pinto Cabrera.

Chase Hoyt also brought home some hardware back to Arlington, winning the 110 hurdles in 17.63 seconds.

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Will Moore had three point-scoring finishes, taking a runner-up in the 100 meters, a fourth in the 200 meters and fourth in the long jump.

The 4x400 relay with Moore, Lewis Whalen, Noah Diedrich and Hoyt was third. Lewis Whalen was fourth in the discus and Diedrich finished fifth in the 400 meters.

Cabrera was fifth in the 3000 and Hoyt was sixth in the 200 meters.

As a team, the boys finished third overall with 82 points behind winner Northfield and runner-up Leland & Gray.

To go along with her high jump championship, Ward was second in the 200 meters and third in the 100 meters. Tess Belnap was second in the 100 meters and fifth in the 400 meters.

Gillian Calkins was second in the discus with a throw of 81 feet, 5 inches.

The girls were fourth with 47 points, behind Green Mountain, Northfield and Sharon.


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