“I feel good about this team,” said Hayford. “Track is an interesting animal. Other schools like South Royalton and Green Mountain have more members on their teams so they are able to rack up more points, but a lot of our kids have the chance to crack the top five in their events.”
On May 21, Twin Valley got in their last meet of the season, the boys’ team placing ninth out of 12, showing prowess in their short-distance game. Nick Nilsen came in sixth in the 100-meter dash, and Oscar Smith finished fifth in 110-meter hurdles, and sixth in 300 hurdles. Jacob Hicks finished fifth in the 3000, while in field action, Eli Park came in sixth in high jump, and Jared Lambert came in fourth in shot-put.
The Wildcat girls’ team placed 10th out of 13. Alex Kennedy had Twin Valley’s only first place finish with a great long-distance performance in the 3000. Kennedy would also come in eighth in the 400-meter dash. Maya Holschuh came in eighth in the 100 dash, and 10th in the 200, while in field action, Kira Courchesne came in 13th in the long jump.
With a tuneup at a last chance for qualifications, the Wildcats are ready to compete, and Hayford says that in one event, Twin Valley has a chance to take home a Division IV title: the men’s 4x4 relay. “We have Nilsen, Park, Smith, and Conall Sullivan running,” said Hayford. “They have state champion or runner-up potential if they have no miscues.”
In field events, the Wildcat girls will look to Courchesne in the long jump as well as the discus toss.
Lambert has the potential to break the top three in shot-put, according to Hayford, as well as a possible top-five finish in the javelin toss, while Sullivan will tackle the long jump, and Nilsen and Park participate in high jump.
In track, the Wildcat boys’ short distance runners will include Nilsen, Park, Smith, Sullivan, and Lambert, while long distance will be up to Jacob Hicks to tackle in the 800, 1500, and 3000. Evan Therrien and Smith will tackle the hurdles for Twin Valley.
The Wildcats will look to Holschuh and Kennedy for their long-distance running, as well as for multiple hurdle races. Cassie Bratton will also compete in hurdles, while Christina Strysko will run the 800.
“I feel confident we’ll get some good performances,” said Hayford. “I hope they saved their best for last.”