Vineyarders hit their stride in track and field

Pearl Vercruysse breaks Twilight Meet record in two-mile; three qualify for states vs. Warriors.

Pearl Vercruysee does her part during the sprint relay last weekend.

The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS) girls and boys tracks teams enjoyed a week of great success, starting with a sweep of Eastern Athletic Conference (EAC) rival Coyle and Cassidy and ending with a slew of stellar performances at the Freshman and Sophomore Meet in Norwell and the Twilight Meet in New Bedford.

May 4 in Taunton, the Vineyarders dominated Coyle and Cassidy, with the girls winning 83-27 and the boys topping the Warriors, 87-47.

Livy Smith won the long jump, 100 meters and the high hurdles. Pearl Vercruysse took first place in the two-mile and the 400 meters, while Natalija Lakis leaped farthest in the triple jump and topped the field in the 200 meters. Whitney Schroeder won the javelin (92 feet, 7 inches), ran to second place in the 400 meters, and finished third in the shot put.

Three Vineyard boys qualified for the state meet. Nathaniel Packer threw the shot put farthest at 42 feet, 3 inches, Curtis Fisher won the javelin with a throw of 148 feet, and Jerry DaSylva leaped 19 feet, 6 inches to win the long jump.

Charlie Whalen, J.P. Alves, and Matt Morris notched a 1, 2, 3 Vineyard sweep in the low hurdles.

With the big wins over the Warriors, the Vineyard girls are 2-0 in the EAC and 2-0-1 overall, including a tie against Division 1 Brockton, while the boys are 2-0 in the EAC and 2-1 overall.

Saturday, in the rain, the Vineyarders competed in two major events.

First, MV traveled to Norwell High School, joining a field of 2,000 athletes at the Freshman and Sophomore Meet.

Mackenzie Condon captured third place in both the 100 and 400 meter hurdles, clocking in at 17.08 and 70.39 respectively. Catherine Cherry posted an outstanding time in the two-mile run (12.58) to finish 14th overall. Nathaniel Packer saved his best for last in the shot put, taking second place by a half-inch with his final throw of 41 feet, 9 inches.

Later in the day, competing against more than 900 athletes at the Twilight Meet in New Bedford, the Vineyarders truly hit their stride.

Pearl Vercruysse had her best day of the season, setting the Twilight Meet record in the two-mile run at 11:32.10, which broke the old mark by three seconds and shattered her previous personal best in the event by more than 40 seconds.

Livy Smith won the long jump with a season-best leap of 17 feet, 4.25 inches. Madison Moreis placed second in the high jump (5 feet even), and Whitney Schroeder was seventh in the javelin.

On the boys’ side, Ennis Foster swept both jumping events, stretching the tape at 43 feet, 3.75 inches, in the triple jump and 20 feet, 6.5 inches, in the long jump. Luke DeBettencourt hurled the discus a fifth-best 116 feet, 4 inches, and threw the shot put 41 feet, 9.5 inches, to grab third spot. Both marks were personal bests.