As finals near, track team continues to progress
by Jack Deming
May 24, 2014 | 2233 views | 0 0 comments | 91 91 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With two track meets to go before state finals, just about all of Twin Valley’s track and field competitors have qualified for the final meet. In the meantime, the personal best times continue to rack up for members of the team, trying to reach their best before bringing it to Green Mountain on June 6.

“Our goal all along was to get everyone qualified to compete in the state meet,” said coach Buddy Hayford. “We’re just about there, and I’m happy with their progress because they’re working hard.”

While Hayford believes that his team has loose ends to tie up, he also sees the strong possibility of a top three finish for his girls’ 4x100 relay team, as well as strong showings from his long and high jumpers. The team’s only male distance runner, Justin Hicks, is aiming for gold in the 1,500 and 3,000-meter races as well, according to Hayford.

“It’s hard to say how we will do in the finals,” said Hayford. “If you look at last years distance times at states, we have kids in the hunt.”

On Monday, Christy Strysko and Mandolin Lucier both recorded personal bests in the girls’ 200-meter race, with times of 34 and 35 seconds respectively. Kyla Lavoy, Lucier, and boys team member Skyler Boyd all recorded personal bests in long jump as well. Lavoy and Karlee Walkowiak both recorded personal records in the high jump, and Kirra Courchesne found a new record in discuss throwing.

Last Tuesday, Strysko would also record a personal best in the girls’ 100 with 15.26, along with Caitlin Hunt, who finished in 14.3 seconds. Hicks recorded a personal best in the 3,000, running the event in 11:56.

Chad Bernard ran the 800 in a personal best 2:30, Dylan Florence tossed a personal record in shot put (28 1/2 feet), and the boys’ 4x100 relay team recorded a best of 50.29 seconds.

Twin Valley meets Friday at 4:30 at Mount Anthony.
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