Local roundup: Brandmeyer sets two SVC marks in first race of season


BRIDGEWATER, MASS. — The Southern Vermont College varsity outdoor track & field team competed on Saturday in the Bridgewater State University's Bears Invitational, where two members of the Mountaineers squad set new school records.

SVC sophomore Marc Brandmeyer, who was competing in his first ever collegiate track and field event, set two new school records on the day for the Mountainners.

He broke the school's men's 800 meter dash record with a time of two minutes and three seconds to place second overall in the event, and became the first SVC participant in school history to win an event in NCAA competition when he placed first in the men's 3000 meter steeplechase with a time of 10:03.42.

The next school record broken on the day for the Moutainners came in the women's shot put when sophomore Danielle Simmons set a school record with a throw of 8.63 meters.

Freshman Isaiah Backels set the final school record of the day for SVC in the 200 meter dash, running it in 24.77 seconds, breaking the old school record of 25.40 seconds.

Overall SVC had 12 personal records broken in their first meet of the season.

The Mountaineers will next compete in the Jim Sheehan Memorial meet at Fitchburg State on Saturday at 10 a.m.

Masters swim meet on docket

BENNNINGTON >> The fifth annual Monumental Masters Mini Meet will be held on Saturday, April 9, at the Bennington Recreation Center.

Adults over the age of 18 are encouraged to participate in the meet.

No prior competition experience is required.

Warm-ups start at 9 a.m., with the meet's first event beginning at 10 a.m.

Pre-registration to compete in the event is $20 per swimmer by April 5, or $25 on the day of the event.

Registration forms are available at the Bennington Rec Center.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Bennington Marauders Swim Team, helping to provide youth swimming for our community.

For more information, visit https://goo.gl/kmxk6G, or email us at mike@usms.org.

Village School hosting Shamrockin' 5K

NORTH BENNINGTON >> On Saturday, April 2, the Village School of North Bennington will host the second annual Shamrockin' run/walk event.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the 1-mile Family Fun Run/Walk starting at 9 a.m. and the 5K Run/Walk starting at 10 a.m. The race starts at the Village School of North Bennington, which is between School Street and Church Street.

The cost for the 5K is $20 for registrations postmarked by March 25 and $25 for race day registration. The 1-mile Family Fun Run/Walk is $10. Preregister by mail by sending a checks made payable to VSNB to: VSNB, PO Box 847, N. Bennington, VT 05257 or by registering online at Runreg.com.

For more information and a downloadable registration form, visit the NEWS page at vsnb.org.

Zem-Benn Road Race date announced

NORTH BENNINGTON >> The 38th running of the Steve Zemianek Bennington Road Race is scheduled to take place on Sunday, May 8, at the Park McCullough house.

There will be three races held at the event, with the kid's 1k race starting at 9:30 a.m. and will be followed by the 3.9 and 10K races that are both scheduled to start at 10 a.m.

Since the event is taking place on Mother's Day, the mother who finishes first in her age group will receive a special award.

Proceeds for the event will benefit the Steve Zemianek scholarship fund at Mount Anthony Union High School.

As in previous years, the lead sponsor of the race will be Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Orthopaedics.

To participate in the event, people can sign up at Runreg.com or pick up a registration form at Wills Insurance, AnytimeFitness, Revolution Fitness, and the Bennington Recreation center.

Runners who compete in the Gallup to Success trail race scheduled for May 7 at Kimberly Farms in Shaftsbury will receive a registration fee discount for signing up for both races.

For more information contact Kathy Zemianek: 802-447-9732 kathleenzemianek@yahoo.com or Dave Newell: 802-688-7807 dnewell@willsinsurance.com.


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