Vineyard track excels at Division 2 Sectionals

MV sets two school records, five personal bests.

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The MVRHS track and field teams had a superlative couple of days at the MIAA Division 2 South Sectionals, held at Notre Dame High School in Hingham. The distance events took place last Thursday, with the sprints and field events following on Saturday.

The Vineyarders, competing in an outdoor track championship meet for the first time in nearly 800 days, were simply outstanding. Overall, the Vineyard boys finished sixth among the 39 teams who scored points, while the girls placed 12th.

The third-seeded boys 4 x 800 relay team of Jonathan Norton, Duncan Brown, Daniel da Silva, and Zach Utz shattered the school record by 16 seconds, and blazed to victory in 8:15.57. The Vineyard girls broke the school record in the 4 x 400 as Eloise Christy, Maia Donnelly, Wren Christy, and Anabelle Biggs ran to a fifth-place finish in 4:11.61. The boys relay team will compete on the first day of the All-State meet at Norwell High School on June 24.

Borja Tolay set a new personal best in the two-mile by 15 seconds at 9:55.79, good for seventh overall. “[Borja] ran incredible,” Vineyard Coach Joe Schroeder said. “Strategically, he ran his best race as well, and that was reflected by his time.”

In the boys 800 meters, Daniel da Silva clocked in at under 2 minutes for the first time (1:58.98), and placed fifth. Owen Atkins also set a personal best with an 11th-place time of 2:06.11.

The great results kept coming. Zach Utz ran second in the mile (4:27.55), and Wren Christy finished second in the two-mile (11:40. 91), with both qualifying for states; Anabelle Biggs leaped to second in the long jump (17 feet, 0.5 inches), and qualified for states in the field events, to be held on Saturday at Norwell; Eloise Christy tied her school record in the high jump at 5 feet, 2 inches, and placed third; Jonathan Norton took fourth in the 400m high hurdles (1:00.17); Ashlei Clarke threw the discus an eighth-best 84 feet, 1 inch; and Nick Pecararo ran the 200m in 23.82 to finish 16th overall.

“It was an uplifting experience for everybody that was there,” Coach Schroeder said. “The kids were just so happy to be competing in a championship meet. They took advantage of the opportunity that was given them.”