The girls’ indoor track team took second place with a 160-point finish only bested by St. Johnsbury’s 180 during the State Meet at Norwich University. Close results kept the Hornets and Hilltoppers neck and neck until one event remained. The boys’ team managed to bump themselves into fourth place after a surge of 43 points to finish off the day.
“If you were a casual fan of track and field, you really missed a heck of an exciting track and field meet Saturday at Norwich University,” said Hornet head coach Joe Gonillo.
Although the Essex team scores weren’t championship stealers the Hornets convalesced with six single event champions.
Kyle Baker led the boys’ as he defended his title in the pole vault by flying a towering 13-feet and six-inches. He is only within in three inches of the indoor state records with his best indoor vault of 14-feet.
Lucy Spchack sped to victory in the 55-meter dash with a time of 7.79. The 4×200 meter relay team of Marisa Minadea, Sopchak, Morgan Whitney and Jessica Stowe took the gold with a season best of 1:53.62.
Senior Hornet Charlotte Murphy ran the 1,000-meter in 3:14.77 for a 12-second win over the other contenders. Her classmate Rose Monahan won the 3,200-meter covering the eight laps in 11:57.10 for an eight second win.
Sade Hankey remains the state’s undefeated high jump champion with a leap of 5-feet, 2-inches. Junior Madison Stephenson hit a personal best to win the long jump with Vermont’s best indoor jump of 15-feet, 10-inches.
Katie James took second place with her personal best time of 1:41.38 in the 600-meter.
The girls’ scored 44 points in the field events, 50 in distance and 66 in the sprints, hurdles and relays.
The last meet for the indoor track team will be on Feb. 27 when they compete in the New England Championship.