‘Neither rain nor snow, nor sleet nor hail …’

MVRHS Track has springlike numbers despite mess of winter weather.

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Mackenzie Condon hurdles during the home meet against Durfee High School of Fall River. — Gabrielle Mannino

Massachusetts high school track coaches and athletes have been dealing with full-on winter weather this spring, but the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS) squad seems to have taken the postman’s pledge in the early going. Several MVRHS athletes posted personal bests in two recent meets, in weather that featured rain, sleet, cold, and hail.

Mackenzie Condon had two personal bests while handily winning three of the five pentathlon events at the Massachusetts State Track Coaches meet in North Andover on April 14. J.P. Alves and Paige Pogue also set personal records in events at the Warriors Invitational Classic at Foxborough High School last Thursday.

Condon, an MVRHS junior, won the 100m hurdles, the 800m, and the long jump
(personal best, 5.11 meters) and had a personal best in the shotput (7.66 meters) at North Andover.

Later that week, captain J.P. Alves ran a personal best 67:24 for third place in the 400m hurdles, and Paige Pogue uncorked a personal best 25 feet, 9 inches for fifth in shot put at Foxborough.

“The Warriors Classic usually draws about 100 kids. This year we must have had 500 athletes. Everybody is looking for chances to compete. There were 40 boys in the mile event, and 20 girls in the mile alone,” longtime MVRHS Coach Joe Schroeder said this week.

“We didn’t bring a full squad, but some kids just needed to compete. The weather was awful. It hailed for a while, turned to rain, and then got cold,” he said. But strong Vineyarder numbers kept coming. Condon won the 400m hurdles and the long jump. Richie Barlett placed second in the javelin, Nate Packer was second in the shot and fifth in discus, and first-year trackster Dash Christy took fourth in the triple jump.

While the weather will likely cooperate, the Vineyarders will face a different kind of adversity at their next meet on Thursday, at home against track power and Eastern Athletic Conference rival Bishop Feehan, beginning at 3 pm.