Patriots sweep home meet
BENNINGTON -- To channel Lou Brown, the fictional manager from the "Major League" movie franchise, three wins in a row is called a winning streak.
After Tuesday's home meet at Spinelli Field, the Mount Anthony Union High School boys track team is on a win streak.
The Patriot boys scored its third straight victory, joining the girls as MAU swept the event.
"I think a lot of the seniors are getting us a ton of points, but the underclassmen are stepping up too, qualifying for states and getting us a lot of points," said MAU coach Kathleen Newton. "It's nice to see those kids developing."
Mount Anthony lapped the field on the boys side, scoring 227 points to outdistance Rutland (110), Fair Haven (66), Twin Valley (30), Arlington (27), Mill River (16) and Burr and Burton Academy (13).
Some of the top performances included Ben Winslow winning the long jump with a leap of 17 feet, 11 inches -- part of a 1-2-3 MAU sweep in the event with Ben Seward second and Owen Page third. Winslow also finished runner-up in the 100 and 200 meters before finishing off with a win in the 4x100 relay.
Winslow ran the anchor leg of the event, which the Patriots won in 47.33 seconds, three-quarters of a second ahead of Fair Haven.
"It was a good [race], our handoffs were really solid overall," Winslow said. "The handoffs have to be really good and we practice it a lot."
The Patriots swept the 200 meters with Andy Seward, Winslow and Alan Bernard doing the honors and did the same in the pole vault, with Andy Barlow winning with a jump of 7 feet, 6 inches. Tanner Jelley and Bernard were second and third.
"Just within the last week, we've started doing better on events like the 200 and the pole vault with the weather getting nicer," Newton said. "We have better practices and more success in those events."
Another multiple winner for the Patriots was senior Andrew Brandmeyer. After winning all four events he competed in over the weekend, Brandmeyer ran away with the 800 meters on Tuesday, winning in 2:02.2. He also claimed victories in the 4x400 and 4x800 relays.
"I tell these guys, don't be only in one event," Newton said. "That how [a big win] happens ... kids stepping up, doing multiple events. The seniors are doing four events every meet, that sets a great precedent for the underclassmen."
Other winners included Brad Myers in the 300-meter hurdles, Nathaniel Durfee in the 110 hurdles, Andy Seward in the 400, Ben Hulett in the shotput and Luke Lapean in the 3,000 meters.
Lapean and PJ Seward were second and third in the 1,500 meters as well. The race was won by BBA's Will Fisher.
"It felt like the first laps were fast, then it slowed down a little but picked back up at the end," Lapean said. "Going into the final lap, I felt good and I was able to keep him in sight."
Arlington and BBA each picked up a handful of placement points on the boys side, with Arlington senior Peter Macksey winning the discus by three inches over Hulett.
Macksey was also third in the shotput.
"Peter is still reaching for his best, he wants to be well past 100 [feet]," said Arlington coach Bianca Hoose. "I'm proud of what he's accomplished so far. A lot of my seniors have done well, which is nice to see."
On the girls side, Mount Anthony won a tight race against Fair Haven, 163-152. Rutland was third with 88, followed by BBA (51), Mill River (45), Arlington (29), and Twin Valley (13).
The Patriots won all three relays. Individually, freshman Abby Whitman blitzed the field to win the 100 meters, Raheemah Madany led a 1-2 MAU finish with Taylor Gruber in the 200 and Sierra Dickie rolled to a win in the 400. Taylor Haynes won the shotput in a 1-2-4-6 finish for the Patriots, while Firdous Madany led a 1-2-4 showing in the discus with a 90-foot throw.
"Right across the board, they're all working really hard," Newton said. "We've been great with our wins, but it's not time to become complacent either. We look at times and distances up north and they are all competing very well there too."
The BBA girls finished fourth overall on the strength of podium finishes from Raili Utiger (second in the 3,000 and third in the triple jump) and Lydia Maier (third in the 400 and fifth in the 200), along with top results in the relays.
For Arlington, who finished sixth with 29 points, Bhumika Patel had the top individual mark in the long jump, a 12'3" leap that put her in the runner-up spot.
In the track events, Amber Welch was third and Xandria Hoyt was fourth in the 3,000 meters and Molly Elwell was sixth in the 800. Jena Staab was sixth in the 400.
But for Mount Anthony, it's full speed ahead with the Schuylerville Classic on Friday.
"We can't sit back and celebrate success, we still need to keep pushing to became a success," Newton said. "We can't put our blinders on, we have to stay focused."
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