MVRHS striders shine

MVRHS runners qualify for state championship.

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The young boys and girls Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS) track team shone last Sunday at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston.
Though billed as the “Last Chance to Qualify Meet,” most of the Vineyarders who competed had already qualified for state championship competition. “Catharine Cherry, Amber Cuthbert, and Mackenzie Condon had already qualified, and were looking to improve their times against statewide competition last weekend,” veteran Vineyarder Coach Joe Schroeder said this week. But the boys 4 x 800 relay team sped their way into the states, with an 8:59:35 time, handily beating the 9:04 mark required to qualify. Otto Osmers, Peter Burks, Daniel Rivard, and Isaac Richards carried the Vineyarder baton, finishing 10th in the field.
Junior Mackenzie Condon, who placed ninth in the 55-meter hurdles in the semifinals, stepped up in the finals, finishing second, only 1/10 of a second behind the winner.
Sophomore phenom Catharine Cherry also placed second in a tight race. Her two-mile time of 12:16:89 was less than four seconds behind the winner.
Freshman Amber Cuthbert, an Eastern Athletic Conference all-star in her first season, placed ninth in the mile in 5:30.28.
Schroeder noted that sophomore Dash Christy recorded a personal best long jump of 18 feet, 10 inches, an accomplishment he said was emblematic of the young team’s character. “These kids rose to the occasion. They weren’t intimidated by the venue or the volume of competitors, many of whom are older kids. We’ve got about the same number [of state championship qualifiers] as last year’s talented, senior-laden team. The fact of a young team competing at a high level, stepping into their new roles, was great to see,” he said.
The Vineyarder striders begin Division 5 state championship competition on Thursday, Feb. 15, at 4:30 pm at the Reggie Lewis Center.