Bellows Falls comes in first and second in the annual weight relays

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Maizy White concludes her long jump. Photo by Doug MacPhee.

BELLOWS FALLS, Vt. – Bellows Falls hosted and then boasted about the 2018 Howard-Weiser Weight Relays held last week at Bellows Falls’ Hadley Field. The Terrier boys captured the competition, and their female counterparts placed second to a strong Hartford High School team. The girls’ weight event was the most competitive of the day.

Both Bellows Falls squads, as is the case almost each spring, should be in the thick of things come June 4, when the Vermont Division III State Track Meet is held at Green Mountain Union High School. Following behind the Terrier boys was Lebanon High School. The hosts collected 48 points to Lebanon’s 36. Newport finished third with a strong 32 points, followed by Brattleboro 23, Springfield 22, Windsor 10, Fall Mountain 9, Green Mountain 8, and Hartford 6.

For the Fall Mountain boys – and girls – their best team event was the high jump where they scored eight of their nine points.

Hartford was much stronger in the girls’ competition where their 56 points led the way compared to the Terrier girls’ 50. Lebanon collected 35-and-a-half points in third place with Thetford 33, Brattleboro 28, Newport 7, Green Mountain 4, and Fall Mountain 3-and-a-half rounding out the field.

Bellows Falls had three individual performers tie for first place in the pole vault, along with Hartford’s Ileana Sivois. A four-way tie was created when the competition was forced to stop because a competitor knocked the standard off its stand. Points were awarded as a result of competition to date. The boys’ pole vault had to be cancelled as a result.

Bellows Falls track coach, Tim Eno, took advantage of the interruption by lightening up the day with a public address announcement, which brought a roar of laughter. Eno let the crowd know the boys’ competition would have to be scratched, but he quickly added Bellows Falls would be awarded the 10 points for winning the event that would not be held. Following a short pause, Eno added, “Ha ha, just kidding.”

Eno also said the poor spring weather has held back his team’s training regimen. “I’m not real aggressive with the workouts until the weather warms up. It is all about peaking on June 4 for the state meet.”

There was no pause after this statement this time. He’s not kidding. Everything is set to peak at the end of the season. Just in time for the medals to be passed out.

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