Vineyard track loses close one to Stang; tops Coyle


The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS) track teams split an Eastern Athletic Conference tri-team meet with Bishop Stang and Coyle and Cassidy on Wednesday afternoon in Oak Bluffs. Bishop Stang edged the Vineyard girls 71-64, and beat the boys 75-61. The Vineyarders swept Coyle and Cassidy, with the girls winning 87-19, and the boys by 101-30.

The Vineyard girls won nine of 16 events. The meet came down to the triple jump, with Stang claiming the first two spots, and Rose Engler taking third for MV with a leap of 27 feet, 8 inches.

Amber Cuthbert (2:39.1) and Catherine Cherry (2:40.1) were one, two, in the 800 meters. The runners reversed in the two mile, with Cherry winning (12:49) and Cuthbert second (12:51). Margaret Sykes took third (14:56). Yayla Dechiara won the one mile (5:45), with Rose Engler placing second (6:03). Mackenzie Condon won the 100-meter high hurdles (15.7), the high jump (4 feet, 8 inches), and the long jump (16 feet, 6.5 inches). Paige Pogue swept the shot put (28 feet, 7.5 inches) and discus (64 feet, 2 inches). Gabby Carr was second in the discus (56 feet, 7 inches). Tyla Packish placed third in the 100 meters in a personal best 14.3. Gabby Carr, Rose Engler, Ashley Biggs, and Yayla Dechiara closed out the meet with a win in the 4 x 400m relay, clocking in at 4:50.

The Vineyard boys outpointed Stang in the field events 28-26, but the relays put the Spartans over the top. Nate Packer won the shot put (43 feet, 7 inches), with Richie Barlett second (35 feet, 11.5 inches), and added a win in the discus (96 feet, 8 inches). Barlett won the javelin going away with a throw of 137 feet, one inch, nearly 37 feet farther than Bishop Stang’s second-place mark. Barlett’s throws in both events were personal bests.

Finishing off the field events, Daniel Rivard and Owen Porterfield tied for second in the high jump at 5 feet, two inches, while Dash Christy took second in the long jump (17 feet, 10.5 inches), and added a third in the triple jump (36 feet, 6.5 inches).

Moving to the track, JoJo Bonneau won both hurdles events, crossing the line at 17.8, a personal record, in the 100 meters and 64.4 in the 400. J.P. Alves was second in the 100 hurdles (18.2) and Daniel Rivard placed third in the 400 (66.1). Peter Burke, back in the lineup after recovering from a foot injury, finished second in the mile (4:55). Owen Atkins topped the field in the two mile (11:38), with Tom Sykes placing third (13:04), and added a third place in the 800 meters (2:21). Owen Porterfield won the 400 meters (54.2) in his first attempt of the season, and Tripp Hopkins was third in the 200 meters (26.0).