BBA girls victorious at Mount Anthony meet

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BENNINGTON — The Burr and Burton girls track team won the meet on Tuesday at Zemianek Track at Mount Anthony. The Bulldogs racked up 221 points, ahead of MAU's 191 and Arlington's 58 points in third.

BBA were strong in the track events with Mia Grigsby second in the 100, while Liara Foley scored a pair of wins in the 200 and 400 meters. Rowan Russell was third in the 800, and Emma Tschaikowsky second in the 1500. Livia Barclay was the only competitor in the 3,000, coming in with a time of 13 minutes, 6.54 seconds.

The 4x400 relay was first, while the 4x2 finished second overall.

The Mount Anthony track team saw many personal bests on Tuesday.

In a meet that lasted more than five hours, MAU's Rebecca Crosier was a big winner, taking first place in the pole vault, the 300-meter hurdles and the long jump. Crosier jumped 17 feet, 5 inches, breaking Leniesha Williams' previous mark from a few years ago by six inches.

"We're still trying to figure out exactly where Rebecca's going to be going forward," said MAU coach Amanda Mullen. "She definitely proved that she's still the top in the long jump and that she can be competitive in the 300 hurdles."

Mount Anthony had a lot of success in the field events, winning a handful in a meet that featured teams from Arlington, Burr and Burton, Leland & Gray, Rutland, West Rutland and Twin Valley.

Alison Simmons was first in the shot put with a throw of 25 feet, 2 inches. Crosier won the pole vault with a eight-foot leap, while Adam Frost won the men's event with a nine-foot leap.

Gavin Johnson was first in the shot put with a throw of 41 feet, 1 inches, while freshman Isaiah Brunache was second at 38 feet, 1 inch. Brunache's throw will qualify him for nationals in June, the qualifying mark is 37 feet.

"That's Isaiah's personal best in that event," Mullen said. "He's a hard worker, he was in the weight room, so to PR after a workout day is really impressive. He's driven and very talented and one to watch out for years to come."

Jordan Mattison won the high jump with a jump of 4 feet, 10 inches, while her teammates Emma Salem and Maya Perry tied for second at 4 feet, 8 inches. Arlington's Lilah Ward also jumped 4 feet, 8 inches.

Brooks Robson was third in the long jump with a jump of 17 feet, 8 1/2 inches, a big personal best.

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Burr and Burton also had a couple of victories in the field events. Will Fox won the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 4 inches, with MAU's Cooper Mason and Isaac Sibley tied for second.

In the girls triple jump, BBA had the only three competitors, with Olivia Brand winning with a mark of 32 feet, 6 inches. Olivia Day and Lily Cole were second and third.

Will Frank was the dominant winner in the men's discus, taking the event easily with a throw of 141 feet. Rutland's John Miles was second, all the way back at 99 feet, 2 1/2 inches.

In the girls discus, Burr and Burton's Amelia Kennedy was first with a throw of 76 feet, 6 1/2 inches. She was followed by MAU's Abbygail Mattison and BBA's Lilly Williams.

BBA's Andrew Toussaint was second in two events, the long jump and the triple jump.

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Mount Anthony saw more success on a cold day in the track events. In the 4x100 relay, MAU — with the team of Austin Martinka, Jack Haynes, Gavin Johnson and David Chorlton won going away in 45.12 seconds.

Chorlton, the anchor leg, didn't compete in MAU's opening meet of the season, so Tuesday was his first go for the Patriots.

"Those first three want to get back to New Englands, David is there for the ride, he's excited," Mullen said. "They are all working together and pushing each other. The hard work is really showing up."

In the 300 hurdles, Cooper Mason scored a victory and in the 400, Andrew Ponessi cruised to a win on his home track.

Haynes won the 100-meter dash in 11.94 seconds, edging out his teammate Gavin Johnson by about a tenth of a second.

"Across the board, across all grades, we've had a lot of PRs today," Mullen said. "Things are only going to go up."


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