Lamoille Union brought home three titles from the Division 2 state track and field championships last Saturday in South Burlington.
The state champs: Braeden Decker, a senior, in the triple jump, Owen Dearborn, a senior, in the long jump and junior MegAnne Gilmore in the 3,000 meters.
Gilmore also came within half a second of winning the 1,500 meters.
Overall, the Lancer boys were fifth with 46 points and the girls sixth with 36. Bellows Falls, the Division 3 champ in 2018, won both the boys and girls Division 2 titles this season after moving up a weight class. The boys had 127 points, U-32 was second with 103 and Hartford third with 82. The Bellows Falls girls won with 107 points, barely edging out second-place Rice (105 points), and Hartford was third with 78.
Peoples Academy-Stowe also did well at states; the girls were fifth with 42 points and the boys seventh with 28 points.
Gilmore is no stranger to the podium in long-distance races. She won two indoor track and field titles as a sophomore and finished on the podium four times at outdoor state championships in prior years.
In the 3,000 on Saturday, she finished nearly seven seconds ahead of Abby Broadley of Bellows Falls, and they were the only runners to finish in less than 11 minutes. Their teammates finished third and fourth — Stephanie Ager of Bellows Falls and Maggie McGee of Lamoille.
Gilmore nearly won the 1,500, finishing less than a second behind U-32’s May Lamb. Broadley was right behind Gilmore.
“MegAnne was hoping to win both events but the eventual winner (in the 1,500) snuck around her just at the finish,” Lamoille coach Jeff Beal said. He said Gilmore ran a masterful 3,000-meter race, drafting behind Broadley for much of it, then kicking into high gear and dropping Broadley “convincingly by the last curve.”
“It was a great tactical performance by MegAnne. I couldn’t be more proud of her,” Beal said.
Decker and Dearborn took up track and field this spring. Both expected to be among the top competitors in long jump and triple jump, and they certainly were, finishing 1-2 in both events.
Dearborn jumped 20 feet, 7 inches to edge Decker and Fair Haven’s Evan Williams by half an inch in the long jump.
“Owen saved his best long jump for his last high school meet,” Beal said. “Owen has performed very well in the jumping all year. I am psyched that he was able to do his best jump on the last day of the season.”
It was Decker’s turn in triple jump, as he leaped 41 feet, 6 inches; Dearborn’s mark was 39 feet, 10.5 inches and U-32’s Andrew Toussaint was third with 39 feet, 7 inches.
“Braeden has shown exceptional skill in the triple jump this year,” Beal said. Decker is headed to Saco, Maine, to compete in the New England Championships in that event this Saturday.
“It is amazing that Braeden and Owen have done as well as they have in the jumping events as first-year track athletes, especially the triple jump, which they started only a few weeks ago,” Beal said.
Here’s a rundown of how Lamoille athletes did in each individual and team event.
100-meter dash: Owen Dearborn fourth in 12.02.
400 meters: Jake Benoit sixth in 55.77.
4x400 meter relay: Jake Benoit, Jake Randall, Braeden Decker and Owen Dearborn sixth in 3:50.99.
4x800 meter relay: Jake Benoit, Jake D’Amico, Elias Gillen and Jasper Henderson fourth in 8:53.92.
Long jump: Owen Dearborn first with 20 feet, 7 inches, Braeden Decker second with 20 feet, 6.5 inches.
Triple jump: Braeden Decker first with 41 feet, 6 inches, Owen Dearborn second with 39 feet, 10.5 inches.
1,500 meters: MegAnne Gilmore second in 4:53.45.
3,000 meters: MegAnne Gilmore first in 10:33.74, Maggie McGee fourth in 11:08.91.
100-meter hurdles: Isabelle Sullivan third in 17.34.
300-meter hurdles: Isabelle Sullivan third in 49.72.
4x100 meter relay: Hannah LaRock, Lezah Gannon, Lily Loomis and Isabelle Sullivan fifth in 53.82.