WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- In a smaller-than-normal indoor track meet, the Mount Anthony Union High School indoor track team swept in its home meet at Williams College on Saturday.
"We went into the meet and told the kids it was pretty much a train-through meet. We worked them hard at the end of the week, and whatever they were doing on Saturday they had to do it hard. Even though it was small, we told them ‘don't take it lightly,'" MAU coach Bob Kurtzner said.
The girls won in a tri-meet with Fair Haven and Rutland, with MAU scoring 86 points and Fair Haven scoring 70. Rutland finished with 22 points.
The girls were led once again by Leniesha Williams, who took home firsts in the 55-meter dash and the long jump. Williams ran the 55 in 7.54 seconds while her long jump was 15 feet, 1 inch.
In the 55, MAU went 1-2-3 to take home 13 points, with Raheemah Madany (7.74) and Abby Whitman (8.24) finishing behind Williams.
Williams also finished first as a part of the 4x400 relay team, with her, Madany, Taylor Gruber, and Chelsea Corrow running a 4:40.70. MAU had its ‘B' team in the race finish second.
Gruber also had a strong day, finishing first in the 300 in 45.94. Gruber also tied the MAU high jump record, clearing the 4'10" mark. Gruber missed on her attempts at 5', and finished second behind Fair Haven's Courtney Bean in a jump-off. Bean cleared 4'10" in one fewer jump than Gruber did.
"All of our high jumpers, we have been having an issue getting vertical before they get into the pit," Kurtzner said. "She started to do that. She is still going sideways into the pit, but the more vertical she gets the better she will be. This is two good meets in-a-row for her. If anyone is going to break that record, it will be her now."
Grace Page was second and Corrow was third in the 300, while in the 600, Page finished first in 1:51.94 while teammates Hayley Richmond and Jazmine Hollister finished second and third, respectively. In the 1,000, MAU finished in the top four spots, with Asuka Kosaki finishing first (3:33.14), and Ashley Brandmeyer, Abbie Crosier, and Cheyanne Guetti.
In the shot put, Firdous Madany (32'8 1/2") finished first while Taylor Haynes finished second.
The boys won its quad-meet, against Fair Haven, Rutland and Arlington, with 81 points. Fair Haven was second with 56, while Arlington secured three points through Peter Macksey.
The boys, as has been their strength all season, excelled in the middle-to-long distance events.
Andrew Brandmeyer took first in the 600, running a 1:32.54, while PJ Seward was third. In the 1,000, Andy Seward finished first in 2:56.04 and Pat Cody was in second in 3:03.34.
In the 1,600 Matt Strano finished first in a time of 5:11.74, and the boys took first in the 4x400 and 4x800 relays.
In the 4x400, the team of Brandmeyer, Andy Seward, Brad Myers, and Ben Seward topped Fair Haven, running a 3:49.10. In the 4x800, Brandmeyer, Strano, Andy Seward and PJ Seward were first in a time of 8:56.10. The 4x200 team finished third.
In the shorter distances, Ben Seward was second in the 300, running a 39.34. And in the 55 hurdles, Nathaniel Durfee won in 8.54 seconds. Alan Bernard was fourth, and Arlington's Macksey was third in 10.04.
In the high jump, Bernard finished third when he cleared 5 feet. In the long jump, Ben Seward was first with a jump of 18'1 3/4" while Owen Page was third, Tanner Jelley was fourth, and Myers was fifth.
In the triple jump, Durfee was first (38'3 1.2") while Page was second, and in the shot put Ben Hulett was second with a throw of 38'2".
"We have some young kids, in the 4x200 relay especially, we put together kids that don't run in a relay," Kurtzner said. "[Kids] had a chance to run yesterday. Competition is great, and I think these kids have to not only love to compete, but they have to love to do it. They had fun doing what they were doing.
"It was a chance for those kids to have some fun, come up to the top and score some points. It was the first time all year that they could score points. They have been working hard, there are just a lot of teams at Dartmouth."
The Patriots will now prep for the Dartmouth Relays next weekend. Kurtzner said that he expects about 15 runners to make the trip, which will give the team a good gauge of how it will fare in States at the end of the season.