Woodstock Track Girls Going For State Title No. 4

April 11, 2013

in News,Sports

This story was published in Thursday’s Vermont Standard with the second part of the article accidentally omitted. Published below is the complete article.
By David Miles
Sports Correspondent
With three consecutive state titles under their belts, the WUHS girls’ track team is looking to emulate the boys’ Nordic ski team. Despite the graduation of some important performers, especially in the shorter distances, the girls are hoping to replace them and also come home with a fourth Vermont Division III championship.
The boys, meanwhile may have even more holes to fill, with significant graduation losses in distance running, the hurdles and the throwing events. A repeat of last year’s third place finish in the state meet would be a significant accomplishment.
With about 30 girls and 20 boys out for track, Rose and her assistants are juggling a large squad of about 50 student-athletes this year. Rose is delighted to have Tom Avellino as a full-time assistant coach, working primarily with the sprinters.
“This allows me to focus more on the distance runners, which is more my specialty. And it leaves me less scattered overall,” Rose said.
Hank Glass returns to work with the discus and shot put throwers two days a week and Zane Rodriguez once a week with the javelin hurlers. The pole vaulters, who scored points for Woodstock for the first time last season, will again go to Windsor once a week to train down there. It truly does take a village to raise s successful track team.
Distance running should again be a strength for the girls. In the season opening meet at Bellows Falls on Monday, Woodstock swept the top four spots in the 3,000 meters behind Carmen Bango, Denali Balser, Lindsey Stuntz and Claire Spangler. Bango set a new school record with a time of 11 minutes flat.
Anna Ramsey meanwhile won the 1,500 meters, with Stuntz, Balser and Alyssa Rivera also scoring team points for Woodstock. Promising freshmen Rachel Emery and Laura Nickerson finished second and fourth in the 800 meters, with Jaym Henderson and Rivera claiming fifth and sixth.
Sophomore Kathryn Bassette won both the 100- and the 300-meter hurdles. She and Spangler also scored in the pole vault.
The Wasps will probably pick up fewer points in the field events, with very few candidates for the throwing events. Bassette will again compete in the triple jump, as will her older sister Elizabeth, when she is recovered from an injury. Henderson surprised some in the high jump last year, especially with no home pit to train in. She attended a Dick Fosbury (inventor of the famed Fosbury Flop) camp to improve her technique this past summer.
The boys also have some potential in the distance events with strong competitors from the cross country team. Harry Linowski won the 3,000 meters at Bellows Falls with Dylan Stuntz bringing home four more points with his fourth-place finish.
Rose says that it always more difficult to assess the sprinters until actual competition begins. The initial assessment Monday was positive. Tom Baumann opened some eyes with a new school record in the 100 meters with a time of 11.33 seconds in the opening meet.
Newcomers Steve Baumann and Jimmy Johnson and returnee Luke DuPuis also have potential in the shorter distances. Chris Townley showed great improvement throughout last season in the high jump and finished fifth at Bellows Falls. The boys also show promise in the javelin, while Tucker Lemmer continues to get better in the triple jump, as his fifth place result attests.
In the meet at Bellows Falls, the girls finished second and the boys third, with the host school claiming first place on both sides. This was just the first meet of a stronger schedule, including several invitational events that Rose has put together for this year. She intentionally toughened it up to give both teams better competition to push them more through the season.
“We don’t count any meets except the states. The rest are all dress rehearsals. We consider them like putting money in the bank to withdraw at states,” Rose said.


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