track and field
Fafard wins at Black Bear Invitational
This past weekend, the ConVal and Mascenic track teams competed in the 12th annual Black Bear Invitational held at Coe Brown.
Distance standout Tim Fafard was able to go up against some competition other than his teammates for the first time and won the 3200 with a season’s best 9:50.76. Teammates Avery Traffie and Jake Movsessian were also in that race, running personal bests of 10:29.23 and 11:03.69. Sam Main led the charge in the 800 with a personal best of 2:21.68. Teammates Jake Hayes and Brandon Kuusisto also ran personal bests in the event. Milers Logan Traffie and Patrick Seelig ran personal bests of 5:39.01 and 5:36.67.
For the women, Briana Boulerice had an outstanding day setting personal bests in the 1600, the 800, and the 400 as part of the Vikings 4x100 relay team.
The Cougars had no shortage of personal bests on the afternoon as athletes performances continued to warm up with the weather.
Dalton Coyne set a new personal best in the boys 400, running 56.40 and another in the 800 with a 2:15.40. Mei Buzzell shaved a significant amount of time off of her personal best in the girls 1600m run, finishing in 5:55.20. Luke Wilson had two personal bests of his own in the 1600 and 800 running 5:36.10 and 2:40.10.
In the sprints and hurdles, Haley Zanga returned to the form that earned her a school record 2 years ago, running her fastest 100 hurdle time of the season, 16.90. With some hard training during the next few weeks she will be poised to break her own school record.
Grace Bowman had her fastest 400 time this season, running a 64.40. Sarah Hurley continued to get faster in the 200 shaving a full 2 seconds off with a new mark of 30.50. Taryn Wing also had a 2 second improvement in the girls 200, running a 31.70.
Dan Kashulines who recently returned from illness had a 3.8 second improvement from his last meet on Tuesday, running a 55.00 in the 400. Bailey Guinn had her best long jump, 13’7”. Freshman Jordan Kania had an outstanding meet, setting a seasons best in the girls long jump, 12’1”.
In the throwing events, Kyle Murray set a new season mark in the boys shot putt, throwing 41’2”.
The following athletes have successfully qualified for the State Championships for the Cougars: Kyle Murray, shot put, Megan Hardwick, shot put and discus, Selina Baldwin, discus and javelin, Haley Zanga, 100m sprint-hurdles, Grace Bowman, 400m dash and Cory Barrett, 100m dash and 200m dash.