The Vermont High School Indoor Track and Field Championships were recently held at Norwich University's Shapiro Field House with South Burlington as the biggest winners of the day, taking the overall girls' and boys' team titles on the strength of outstanding performance from Mollie Gribbin, Carly Stine, Sara Garvey and Christa Weaver.
Stine finished first in the 55-meter hurdles, third in the long jump, second in the high jump and third in the 300-meter dash. Garvey took second in the 55, fourth in the 300 and sixth in the long jump, while Weaver finished first in the high jump and third in the 1,000-meter run.
Another big victory was the performance of Springfield High School senior high-jumper Michael Pianka, who the night before played for his high schools' basketball team (a five-overtime game), before participating in the state track event. Pianka won the state high jump crown with a leap of 6-feet, 4-inches. He would then push the bar to a state record height of 6-feet, 6.25-inches, but couldn't quite pull it off, perhaps being hindered by the marathon hoop contest the night before.
One athlete who did break a state record - her own - was South Burlington's Mollie Gribbin, who earned the state title in the 55-meter dash by breaking her own state record. However, she was not done there, also winning state titles in the 300-meter dash, the 600-meter run and the long jump. Gribbin's dominance led the Rebels to the overall girls' team title.
The South Burlington boys' squad also took the team championship (115 points) led by Malcolm Plunkett, who won state individual titles in both the 1,600 and 3,200-meter events. South Burlington's Kyle Chu also took first in the 55-meter dash and took third in the 55-meter hurdles. Windsor's Matt Rufus, another two-sport stand out who also excelled at running back, finished second overall in the 300-meter dash, while also finishing third in the 55-meter dash and fourth in the long jump.
The Essex boys took second place overall (81 points), while other top finishers included Essex's Mickey Krug winning the long jump, and Montpelier's Colby Cunningham finishing second in the long jump and fifth in the high jump. St. Johnsbury's James Fitzhugh also won the 600-meter run.
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