Track team brings the heat at EAC

Vineyard places third out of five schools.


The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS) girls and boys track and field teams left it all on the oval at the Eastern Athletic Conference (EAC) championship meet May 17 at Bishop Feehan High School in Attleboro.

The meet brings the five member schools (Martha’s Vineyard, Bishop Feehan, Bishop Stang, Coyle and Cassidy, and Somerset Berkley) together for a final competition to close out the regular season and crown a league champion.

After a predominantly rainy season, the athletes found themselves competing under a scorching sun, making for challenging conditions. The top six in each event scored points for their team. The MVRHS boys and girls teams took third place overall. Bishop Feehan won the league championship in both the girls and boys competitions. Somerset Berkley was second.

The girls team excelled on the track and in the field. Captain Livy Smith topped the field in the long jump by more than a foot and a half, with a jump of 17 feet, 7.5 inches. She also won the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.14 seconds. Mackenzie Condon took second place in the 100-meter hurdles.

Pearl Vercruysse also placed first in two events. Pearl outkicked Coyle and Cassidy’s Rachael Johnson to the finish line of the 800 meter by less than a second, with a final time of 2:27.77. Pearl also earned first place in the one-mile run by a large margin, clocking in at 5:28.25. Mackenzie Condon raced to a first-place finish in the 400-meter low hurdles in 1:10.36. The girls 4-by-100 relay team of captain Julia Hart, Natalija Lakis, Madison Moreis, and Livy Smith snagged second place.

Whitney Schroeder made noise for the Vineyard girls in the field with a first-place javelin throw of 101 feet, 6 inches, that topped the rest of the competition by more than 10 feet. Madison Moreis added a second-place finish in the high jump, clearing the bar at 4 feet, 10 inches.

The boys’ team challenged the other schools most in the field events. Ennis Foster led the troupe, winning both the long jump and the triple jump. Ennis edged Somerset Berkley’s Andrew Farias with his 20 foot, 10 inch, long jump, and out-leaped the competition by five feet in the triple jump with a distance of 44 feet, 4 inches. Captain Andrei Bernier took second place in the discus with a throw of 111 feet, 9 inches.

On the track, Aivaras Gedvillas finished second in the 800 meters, crossing the finish line at 2:06.53, and Andrei Bernier, Jerry DaSilva, Elijah Mathews, and Ennis Foster sprinted to second place in the 4-by-100 relay.

With the regular season wrapped up for the boys and girls teams, members who have met qualifying standards for the state Division 4 Championships will compete next Sunday at Norwell High School.