HANOVER, N.H. -- On the strength of Mount Anthony Union High School senior Marc Brandmeyer's school-record breaking 3,000-meter run, the Patriot boys won their first meet at Dartmouth in more than a decade.
The team won with 35 points, topping second-place Merrimack.
Brandmeyer started the meet in grand fashion, running the 3,000 in 8 minutes, 58.54 seconds and smashing his old school record of 9:12 set last winter.
He lapped all but one runner in the 15-competitor field.
"Nine [minutes] is a big deal to break in high school," said MAU coach Kathleen Newton. "We were shooting for a sub-9 and I knew he could do it."
Alvirne's Aaron Bellomo was second in 9:07.75. He hung with Brandmeyer through the first part of the race.
"He tried to stay with [Marc]," Newton said. "After about four or five laps, Marc then came around to pass. Near the end, I told him to go a little bit and it was enough to get the other guy off him."
Other top performers included senior Jon Polen, a winner in the 55-meter hurdles in 7.89 seconds. Andrew Brandmeyer was runner-up in the 1,000 and the 4x400 relay of Ben Seward, Brad Myers, Andy Seward and Andrew Brandmeyer was second in 3:42.73.
On the girls side, MAU finished second with 32 points behind Londonderry. They were led by the winning 4x200 relay of Raheemah Madany, Leniesha Williams, Taylor Hockemeier and Grace Page in a time of 1:51.16.
The freshman Page, filling in for an injured Shelby McLenithan, immediately ran in the 4x400 relay as well, helping them to a second-place finish.
Other top performances were by Madany (second in the 55), Shelby Whitman (third in the 600) and Williams (a personal best in the 300).
"A lot of runners had real good days and got us a lot of points," Newton said.
Johnas leads MAU boys
SUTTON -- The Mount Anthony Union High School boys Nordic ski team started their year on a winning note, taking the top spot at Mount Hor on Friday.
Three of the boys team finished in the top 10 overall as MAU beat U-32, BFA-St. Albans and Mount Mansfield.
Luke Johnas was second in 17 minutes, 28 seconds. Teammate Luke Keenan was fourth, six seconds behind and Caleb Cohen was ninth in 18:28.
Ben Faller (12th) and Jeremiah Colbath (13th) were close behind.
"The boys did really well and the grouping will come," said MAU coach Bruce Smith. "It's nice to see Luke Keenan up there with [Luke Johnas]."
The MAU girls finished third in their race with 56 points, behind Mount Mansfield's perfect score of 10 and BFA-St. Albans' 51.
Erin Anderson was tops for the Patriots in ninth with a 21:45. Teammate Abby Malmborg was 10th in 22:11, while Lauren Driscoll (18th) and Colleen Hendery (34th) were the other scorers for MAU.
Bulldogs down Wasps
RUTLAND -- The Burr and Burton Academy boys hockey scored three unanswered goals Saturday to sink Woodstock, 3-2, in the consolation game of the Barry Van Gerbig Hockey Tournament.
Woodstock scored twice in the second period but Henry Buckley answered with an assist from Andrew Filippi and Sean Paradis also scored in the frame to level the score.
Brock Pollard netted the winner 90 seconds into the final period off an assist from Paradis to lift BBA (2-3) to the win.
Essex rocks Patriots
RUTLAND -- Essex remained unbeaten at 5-0 this season as the Hornets handed Mount Anthony a 54-32 loss in the North-South Challenge on Saturday in girls basketball.
Leading by seven at the half, 27-20, Essex held MAU (1-5) to 12 second-half points.
Kari Lavalette led all scorers with 18 for the Hornets and Kara Sheftic chipped in 14.
Makayla Farrara led MAU with nine. Lacy Parmenter added seven points.
Patriots hosting poker tournaments
BENNINGTON -- The Mount Anthony Union High School wrestling team is hosting a fundraising poker tournament on Jan. 4 at the Bennington Eagles Club. Registration is from 6 to 6:30 p.m. and has $40 buy-ins and a $25 re-buy.
Bennington Elks shoot
BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Elks Lodge will host its annual Hoop Shoot on Jan. 6. The event will take place at Mount Anthony Union High School starting at 12:30 p.m.
The contest is for boys and girls ages 8 to 13 and a birth certificate is required at registration.
For more info, contact Dale Corbett at 447-0958.
Wrestling bottle drive
BENNINGTON -- The Mount Anthony Union High School wrestling team will have its annual winter bottle drive on Jan. 6.
If anyone would like to make arrangements for pick-up, call Jim Woodside at 802-442-5352 and leave a message.
Vt. Senior Games
SHELBURNE -- The Vermont Senior Games Association will hold state weightlifting championships at the Shelburne Health and Fitness Club on Feb. 16 from noon to 2 p.m. Competition is open to anyone age 50 and older by Dec. 31, 2013. Events in age groups will be held in leg extension, leg press, seated chest press and standing biceps curl. Fee is $35.
To register, visit www.vermontseniorgames.org and click on weightlifting.