Personal bests the goal for MAU track
BENNINGTON -- With 13 athletes competing, the Mount Anthony Union High School indoor track team will be the largest contigent to come from the Patriots to the New England meet ever.
And senior Leniesha Williams will be the busiest of all.
Williams will compete in four events -- the 55-meter dash, the 300-meter dash, the 4x200 relay and the long jump on Saturday at the Reggie Lewis Track Center in Boston.
"It's unusual to do four events, but she really wanted to do it," said MAU coach Kathleen Newton. "She had her heart set on it and she deserves it, she's been with us for three years."
This will be Williams' second trip to New Englands and already with a MAU school record in the 55 under her belt, the goal is to keep lowering the time of 7.36 seconds.
In the 4x200, Williams will be joined by Taylor Gruber, Chelsea Corrow and Raheemah Madany -- all juniors.
"They want to break the school record bad," Newton said. "They'll be on a fast track and getting pushed throughout. Their handoffs have looked good and the competition will be there."
Sophomore Grace Page is in the 600, an event she qualified for with a time around 1 minute, 43 seconds.
"She took off a bunch of time right around the Dartmouth Relays," Newton said. "The lights went on and mentally she's into it. She's nervous but excited.
Other female competitors for MAU are Firdous Madany and Taylor Haynes in the shotput.
On the guys side, Andrew Brandmeyer and Andy Seward will have two events. Brandmeyer is in the 1,000 meters, while Seward is in the 600, along with the school-record setting 4x800 relay which includes Matt Strano and PJ Seward.
"Both have goals on their times in the individual races. Andrew is looking to redeem himself after a bad start at the states, where everyone was jostled and Andy is aiming for the 1:29 barrier," Newton said.
No matter the finish, Newton said the goal is personal bests.
"It's an experience, we intend for it to open their eyes and get PRs and compete with the best talent in New England," Newton said.
Other boys competitors ae Ben Seward in the long jump and Nathaniel Durfee in the 55 hurdles.
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