Vineyarders on their marks at EAC indoor track championships

Condon, Cuthbert, Cherry, and Bonneau are league champs.

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Amber Cuthbert running in the one mile at the EAC championships. She became the first Vineyard freshman girl to win a league championship. — Courtesy Joe Schroeder

The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School indoor track teams closed out the regular season on Monday with a banner day at the Eastern Athletic Conference championship meet at Wheaton College in Norton. The Vineyard girls finished as league runners-up to perennial state powerhouse Bishop Feehan, while the boys placed third of seven teams.

At the EAC meet, the top six finishers in each event scored points for their respective teams, with the winner named as league champion.

In a meet full of outstanding achievements, captain Mackenzie Condon became the first Vineyard girl in the four-year history of the program to win three events. Ms. Condon won the high jump, and broke the school record with a personal record leap of five feet. She completed an undefeated season in the 55-meter high hurdles with a first-place time of 9.17, and closed out the day by winning the long jump with a personal record distance of 15 feet, 6 inches. Amber Cuthbert became the first freshman league champion in school history, with a wire-to-wire win in the one-mile (5:35.46; PR), and added a fourth-place finish in the 1,000 meters (3:20.29). Sophomore Catherine Cherry won the two-mile (12:19.08; PR), and freshman Paige Pogue shattered the school record and her own mark by placing fourth in the shot put (28 feet, 3.5 inches).

In the boys meet, JoJo Bonneau won the EAC title in the 55-meter high hurdles (8.77). Fellow sophomore Peter Burke ran second in the mile (4:43.70; PR) and sixth in the 600 meters (1:34.86). Senior captain Nathaniel Packer was second in the shot put (43 feet, 7.25 inches, PR). Tim Wallis leaped to fourth place in the high jump (5 feet, 2 inches). Daniel Rivard earned a PR by tying Wallis in the high jump, and added a sixth-place run in the 1,000 meters (2:59.11; PR).

Also in the points for the boys were: Otto Osmers (fourth, two-mile, 11:12.34; school record); J.P. Alves (fourth, 55-meter HH, 9.33; PR); Dash Christy (sixth, long jump, 18 feet, 2.75 inches; PR); and Owen Atkins (sixth, two-mile, 11:31.59; PR).