Crosier a top seed in four events as MAU heads to states

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BENNINGTON — The second part of the Vermont indoor track state meet is this weekend at the University of Vermont and the Mount Anthony Patriots are looking to improve on last year's fourth and sixth place finishes.

Thanks to one of the best days in MAU indoor track history, the girls were fourth last season on the heels of three individual state championships by Rebecca Crosier.

Crosier won the crown in the 55-meter dash, the 300 meters and the long jump and this year, she is the No. 1 seed in four events — the same three as last year with the 55-meter hurdles added in.

Crosier is a third of a meter ahead of the rest of the field in the long jump, her No. 1 seed at 5.22 meters. In the 55 hurdles, her seed is three-hundredths of a second better than St. Johnsbury's Lilly Leach. She's also two-hundredth of a second better than North Country's Alexis Lefaivre in the 55-meter dash, and those two are almost two-tenths of a second ahead of the rest of the field.

"A couple of the events are back-to-back, so we'll see what happens on Sunday," said MAU coach Amanda Mullen.

Other top four seeds for the girls include Maya Perry, seeded third in the high jump, and Emma Salem, who is fourth in the 55 hurdles with a seed time of 9.58 seconds. Salem is the fourth seed in the shot put.

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On the boys side, the highest seed for the Patriots is sophomore Isaiah Brunache, who is the second seed in the shot put with a throw of 14.17 meters, behind only St. Johnsbury's Asom Hayman-Jones' 15.81 meter throw.

A pair of relays for the boys are seeded in the top four, led by the 4x200, which is seeded third with a time of 1 minutes, 41.07 seconds.

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The team, which likely will consist of Robert Cunningham, Chris Nolan, Jack Haynes and Andrew Ponessi, sits only behind Burlington and South Burlington.

The 4x400 relay — with Cunningham, Haynes, Ponessi and Brooks Robson — is seeded fourth at 3:54.58, behind South Burlington, Essex and St. Johnsbury.

Individually, Ponessi, only a sophomore, is fourth in the 300-meter dash at 37.96 seconds — as one of only four runners with a sub-38 second time in the event this season.

Haynes is also seeded fourth in the 55-meter dash with a time of 6.87 seconds, edged out by Wyatt Lamell of Essex, Bassiru Diawara of Burlington and Mike North of South Burlington. The 55 dash record is one of the older ones in state history, the time of 6.50 seconds has stood since 2002.

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Two events were completed last weekend — the weight throw and the triple jump — with Mount Anthony getting points in both events.

Brunache was second in the weight throw as was Morgan Washburn on the girls side, beat only by St. Johnsbury's Kayla Talbot, who set a meet record.

Brooks Robson earned points with a fourth-place finish in the triple jump, his second leap of 11.73 meters the best of the day.

Going into Sunday's event, the boys are in third place, while the girls are in fourth. will have semi-live results of the state championships.


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