Vineyard girls speedsters score first win ever over Coyle Cassidy

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The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School girls varsity Indoor track team registered its first win ever with a 54-43 win over Coyle Cassidy Thursday at Wheaton College. This is the first year for indoor track at MVRHS. Unlike outdoor track, where competitions are held either home or away, teams from the Eastern Athletic Conference compete weekly at Wheaton in dual meets all at the same time.

Thursday’s meet featured many outstanding performances for the Vineyard. Olivia Smith was a triple winner in high jump, 55m hurdles and 600m. Pearl Vercruysse won the mile and two-mile and Mary McCarthy the 1000m. Key second-place points were picked up by Lee Hayman (300m, long jump, shot put), Emma Reimer (1000m), and Julia Hart (55m dash). The 4-by-400m relay team of McCarthy, Hayman, Reimer, and Lila Norris provided the final winning points to seal the win for MV.

The boys had their best meet of the year in terms of points, despite falling to Coyle 37-58. Jake Janek led the way for MV with wins in the 55m dash and the long jump. Aivaras Gedvilas won the mile, as did Finn Norton in the 55m hurdles and Liam Wieland in the high jump. Nate D’Angelo was second in the two-mile. Contributing third place points were Caio Protti (300m), Evan Kristal (two-mile), and Norton (600m). Janek, Jeff McCormick, Wieland, and Protti teamed up to win the 4-by-200m relay.

The Eastern Athletic Conference championships are scheduled for Friday, Jan. 16, at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston. Both teams look to place high in several events. For the girls, Smith has the league’s best time in the 55m hurdles, and will be one of the top performers in the high jump. Juniper Enzanno, Hayman, and Vercruysse all rank in the EAC’s top 10 in their events, according to Athletic.net. Enzanno (long jump) and Smith (high jump, 55m hurdles, 600m) have qualified for the state division meet in their events. The boys have at least one athlete ranked in the top five in three events: D’Angelo (two-mile), Janek (55m dash), and Gedvilas (mile). Gedvilas’ time of 4:45.27 qualified him for the state division meet.