Episcopal’s 6-Way Track and Field meet was all about the numbers with large squads of varsity and junior varsity athletes from seven schools in action on Thursday.
St. Joseph’s had 10 first place winners and enough depth to win the girls division with 144 points. Episcopal was second with 104 and Dutchtown third with 70.
Host Episcopal’s boys scored 197 points to outpace Brother Martin (127) and Dutchtown (112).
Some of the area’s leaders going into the young season turned in winning performances. St. Joseph Academy’s Annie Hill opened her evening by winning the 1,600-meter run with a time of 5 minutes, 17.70. Teammate Gabriella Chauvin was second in 5:32.10. Hill came back to win the 800 in 2:20.70.
SJA dominated the hurdles, with Maggie Poche and Chelsea Bagnerise-Ros finishing 1-2 in the 100 and 300 meters.
Jeremiah Mayes of Episcopal ruled the boys jumps, easily winning the triple jump at 44 feet, jumping 22-21/2 in the long jump and clearing 6-7 in the high jump.
Rachel Misher of Episcopal carried her strong indoor season outdoors, claiming the 100 meters in 12.20 and the 200 in 26.00.
Her teammate Parish Kitto won the pole vault, clearing 11-3. Episcopal also had a winner in the boys pole vault in Jacob Pellegrin at 12-3.
Thomas Peters of Brother Martin had one of the top field marks of the meet, throwing the javelin 177-11 to win the event by nearly 34 feet, but he wasn’t totally satisfied with his performance.
“I kind of had a bad day with (178),” he said. “I took fourth at state last year with 176 and my PR (personal record) is 202 feet this season at Catholic High. Today, I just didn’t feel it.”
Episcopal’s boys picked up 34 points in the hurdles races. Caden Dickinson won both the 110 race (16.00) and the 300 (40.70). Bryce Carr finished third behind Greg Beaumont of Brother Martin in the 110 and second in the 300.
Dickinson, Mayes and D’Armond joined Jacob DeWitt to win the the 4 x 400 relay in a time of 3:30.90.
In one of the more exciting races, junior Terrence Green of Dutchtown took the lead at the top of the home stretch and held off Chace Edwards of Brother Martin to win the 800.
“I hadn’t run against (Edwards and William D’Armond of Episcopal, who finished third) before. I didn’t really expect to win, but I did expect to do my best and finish at least second. I gave it my all, and pumped my arms and I won.”
Green’s time of 2:02.9 lowered is PR by nearly two seconds.
Gregory Ramirez (46-111/4in the shot put) and Devin Johnson (51.20 in the 400 meters) were Broadmoor’s first-place winners.
Episcopal boys coach and meet director Claney Duplechin was pleased with his team and with the meet.
“I’ve got a great bunch that works hard,” he said. “Jeremiah started us off strong with his tremendous performance in the jumps, and we finished strong (winning the 4 x 400 relay).
“I like having all the JV’s out here so they get a feel for what it’s like and what we’re trying to do.
“Now it’s on to the middle part of the season where the meets get bigger and the competition gets stronger.”