Cougar duo climbs ranks
Six new personal records were set by ConVal athletes at their most recent track meet on Dec. 28 at Dartmouth.
Participating in his first meet this season, senior Cory Barrett set a new personal record in the boys 300-meter dash at 38.10 seconds, placing fourth. Barrett had a good start to the season in the 55-meter dash as well, placing fifth overall at 6.74 seconds. Both finishes were good enough to qualify Barrett for the state championships in February.
Senior Haley Zanga, already qualified for the state meet in the 55-meter hurdles, finished with the fastest time of her high school career in the event at 9.20 seconds. Shockingly, Zanga’s new personal record was only good for second place, as Lebanon freshman Corinne Kennedy handed Zanga her first loss of the season.
Sophomores Dan Kashulines and Grace Bowman, who ConVal coach Thomas Mbungo dubbed “future stars,” both set new personal bests in the 300-meter dash; Kashulines’ 40.50 landed him at 19th and Bowman’s 46.00 was good for 8th. Sophomore Bailey Guinn continues to get better at the 55-meter hurdles each week, setting a new personal record of 10.93 seconds. Freshman Gwen Jones improved her shot put distance and placed 28th, while her counterpart Ally Boyd took 11th. The girls 4x200 relay was back at full strength; the team of Lara Matthias, Bowman, Zanga and Guinn placed sixth overall at. 2:00.32
“Although smaller in numbers, our team has continued to demonstrate a great determination to succeed, and each meet result thus far is evidence of the good quality athletes on the team,” Mbungo said.
Barrett and Zanga are currently ranked 4th in the state in their individual events. and a couple more state qualifiers are likely to come out in the coming meets.
ConVal’s next track meet is on Sunday at UNH.