BELLOWS FALLS, Vt. – The CVC’s are about as good as it gets during the regular track season. Bellows Falls, Fall Mountain, Springfield and Green Mountain are area schools which compete in the fifteen school extravaganza and strong performances in the annual get together mean you are recognized as one of the best around in your event. The Bellows Falls boys turned in the top showing of our area teams last Saturday garnering a strong third place in the competition.
Schools of all size compete each spring in the CVC’s and some of the large area schools tend to dominate the competition, but anytime our locals can keep up with the big boys, it tends to play out well come State Championship competition time. Keene won the boys meet this year with 127 points. They were followed in order by Lebanon 80, Bellows Falls 74, Brattleboro 64.5, Hanover 61, Monadnock 48.5, Newport 44, Kearsarge 41.5, White Mountains 24, Hartford 20, Fall Mountain 19, Thetford 17, Stevens 17, Springfield 15.5 and Windsor 4. BF’s DJ Snide was the track meister as the meet’s top male performer, as a result of winning the two hurdles events and placing third in the Triple Jump and sixth in the 100 meters.
Lebanon won the girls half of the meet by a little over their fierce rival Hanover 105-96.5. Brattleboro was third scoring 93 with Monadnock just behind with 91, making for a lively competition between the top four schools. Keene placed fifth, 5.5 points ahead of Bellows Falls 73.5-68 with Hartford 47, White Mountains 31.5, Thetford 27, Fall Mountain 23, Kearsarge 20, Proctor Academy 6, Stevens 5, Windsor 4.5 and Green Mountain 2 rounding out the field.
Shane Clark and Reno Tuttle were the biggest contributors besides Snide for the Terrier boys. Clark won the Javelin and was fourth in the Triple Jump and Tuttle was second in the Discus and third in the Shot Put.
Fall Mountain was led in the Boys Meet by Steven Walker, who was two spots behind Snide in third in the 110 Hurdles and Stuart Latham, who was fourth in the Pole Vault. Springfield placed a pair of athletes in the money in the High Jump as Elijah Pianka and Cadence Wheeler were second and third to lead their effort.
BF Coach Tim Eno feels his boys team is driving on all cylinders and hopes they can keep competing at this level. He told us, “I have found anytime the boys can compete in the top three or four in the CVC’s, it puts us in good place competing for the state title. I know Woodstock and Thetford have good teams, but this performance stands out if we can keep it up.”
The BF girls had Molly Kelly in the winners circle in the High Jump and were also supported by a second and a third from Keri Ticino (in the Pole Vault and Javelin respectively) and Abbe Cravinho placed third in the Long Jump and Jaden Luebbert added a third in the Pole Vault.
The Fall Mountain girls had a brilliant performance in the 100 where Madison Parrot turned back a strong challenge to defend her title. Coach Rick Elliott said that, “Parrot’s record breaking performance was a highlight of the season.” Elliott also noted that, “this year has been a great demonstration of growth by so many athletes. The influx of youthful enthusiasm by many freshman has been infectious. The leadership and performances from the more tenured athletes has modeled our expectations.”