St. Johnsbury Sweeps D-I Indoor Track Titles

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) It was a banner day for the St. Johnsbury Indoor Track and Field program, as the 'Toppers took team titles on both the boys' and girls' side.

We start on the girls' side, where there was a double-winner in the distance races. CVU's Alice Larson won the 1500 in 5 minutes 14 seconds. Then she won the 3000 by a whopping 30 seconds.

Essex competitive in the overall standings thanks to some strong field performances. Maria Campo won the shot put with a mark of 32-feet one-half-inch. The Hornets finished 2nd on the day.

But there's no slowing down the St. J juggernaut. Hannah Wescott won the pole vault, clearing 10 feet. She was also 2nd in the shot put.

The Toppers went 1-2 in the long jump, led by Lia Rotti. Her winning jump: 16-feet, 8 and 3-quarter-inches.

Then there's Katherine Cowan. The senior swept the 55-meter dash, the 55-meter hurdles, and the 300. She also finished 2nd in the high jump.

St. J racked up 230 points, more than the next three teams combined, to claim a 4th straight title.

Some state-record performances on the boys side, North Country's Aleksei Bingham setting the new standard in the 1500, 4 minutes 11.7 seconds. He also won the 3000.

MMU's Skye Douglas-Hughes won the long jump and set a new state best in the triple jump at 42 feet, 11 inches. The Cougars in a three-way points battle with St. J and Essex.

The Hornets took the top two spots in the shot put. Jacob Rigoli went 49 feet, nine inches, ten feet better than the rest of the field.

Meanwhile, Kristian Baird with an important win for the Hilltoppers, taking the 55-meter hurdles in 8.28 seconds.

This meet came down to the final event, the 4-by-400 relay. St. Johnsbury needed to finish within one place of Essex to clinch the title, otherwise the Hornets would take the crown.

MMU won the race, Essex finished 2nd...but St. J comes in 3rd, and the Toppers repeated as champions, holding off the Hornets by a point and a half. MMU was two and a half points back in 3rd.