Vineyard track and field teams excel in state championship


On Saturday, the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School indoor track and field teams wrapped up their season in the Division 5 State Championship Meet at the Reggie Lewis Track and Field Center in Boston. Eight Vineyard boys and two girls met the qualifying standard to compete in 13 events against a pool of more than 500 athletes. In an impressive performance for a second-year team with only four girls and 12 boys, the boys and the girls teams finished 15th out of 41 teams, scoring an identical number of points (15).

To qualify for the upcoming All State Finals, athletes need to finish in the top three in the Division Meet or have a time equal to or better than the top three finishers in other divisions. The Vineyard had two athletes qualify in three events: Nevin Wallis took second place in the 600-meter run (1:24.17), setting a new school record; and Livy Smith took second in the long jump (17 feet, 5 inches) and fifth in the hurdles. Her outstanding time in the hurdles (9.02 sec.) qualified her based on the other division performances. Both Livy’s and Nevin’s performances meet the National Elite second-team standard.

Other Island athletes also scored points by finishing in the top eight: Madison Moreis took eighth place in the girls high jump (4 feet, 10 inches, in a new school record); Tom Irwin took sixth place in the boys long jump (19 feet, 3 inches); and Caio Protti, Tom Irwin, Jake Janak, and Nevin Wallis took seventh place in the boys 4×200-meter relay (1:38.27, also a new school record).

Also of note was the performance by Nate D’Angelo, who in his final race broke his school record in the two-mile, finishing 10th in 10:19.

Newburyport won the boys meet with 43 points, and Ursuline Academy won the girls with 51.