Seeds released for States at Norwich
NORWICH -- The seedings are out for the Vermont Indoor Track and Field Championships, and members of the Mount Anthony Union High School girls' 4x200-meter relay team are leading the charge for the Patriots this weekend.
With the meet set to start on Saturday at 9 a.m., the team of Taylor Gruber, Raheemah Madany, Chelsea Corrow and Leniesha Williams are the top seed in the race, entering the meet with a top time of 1 minutes, 50.93 seconds.
And for the four runners, Saturday's meet is all about revenge. After being disqualified from last year's meet, the Patriots are out to redeem themselves and prove that the previous year was a fluke.
But beyond just the relays, members of the team are top seeds in individual events.
In the 55 dash, Madany is the top seed while Williams is second. Although Williams is widely considered the favorite in the event, Madany's 7.44 time in the last regular season meet has given her the edge over her teammate. Gruber is sixth in the seeding, giving MAU a chance to put three runners in placing positions.
In the 300, MAU has the top three seeds in Williams, Gruber and Grace Page while Madany is seeded sixth. Between the top three seeds, only one second (43.94 to 44.84) separates the runners.
Williams will also feature in the long jump, with the senior seeded fourth. Her seed mark of 15 feet, 1 inch is only 7.5 inches behind Colchester's Elise Bouffard, who is the top seed.
The Patriots will also be well represented in the shot put, with Firdous Madany, Taylor Haynes and Brittany Brochu occupying seeds two through four, respectively. The other field event that MAU will have a representative in is the high jump, with Gruber seeded fourth in what is a small field of only five participants.
In the 600, Page is the second seed behind St. Johnsbury's Robin Vincent.
Page will also be in the 4x400 relay, along with Asuka Kosaki, Hayley Richmond and Abbie Crosier. The Patriots are the two-seed in the race with St. Johnsbury occupying the top seed.
For the boys, the Patriots do not have as many top seeds but are still well represented.
Andrew Brandmeyer is the top seed in the 1,000, but his time of 2:40.22 is just 0.03 seconds better than South Burlington's Sean MacDonald. Matt Strano and Pat Cody are also top 10 seeds in the race, seeded eighth and ninth, respectively.
Brandmeyer will also run in the 4x400, with his team of Andy Seward, Ben Seward and Brad Meyers seeded first in the race.
Andy Seward and Brandmeyer, along with PJ Seward and Strano, are also seeded third in the 4x800 race.
In the 300, Ben Seward is seeded third, but his qualifying time of 37.85 is 0.01 behind Casey Fuller and Makahill Abdinoor, who occupy the second and first seeds, respectively. Ben is also seeded seventh in the 55 dash and third in the long jump.
In the 600, Andy Seward is seeded fourth and PJ Seward is the eighth seed while Nathaniel Durfee is the two-seed in the 55 hurdles.
Durfee also garnered a top seed in the triple jump with a qualifying jump of 38'3 1/2". His closest competitor is Burlington's Will Lynch, who is 5 inches behind Durfee.
Ben Hulett is the only other Patriot seeded in field events, competing in the shot put with the seventh-best qualifying throw.
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