ESSEX -- The best athletes in Vermont were on display on Saturday at the New England Qualifier in Essex, where over 40 schools across all four divisions were represented. As many as 62 competitors competed in each event. The top six performers in each event advanced to the New England Championships.

Brattleboro’s Miles Goldenbird placed fifth in the triple jump with a leap of 40-11, which was his personal best by more than two feet. Also qualifying for BUHS was the girls 4x100 relay team of Eve Pomazi, Aisha Schor, Gwen Harris and Danielle Wood, which finished sixth in 54.15 and held off BFA-St. Albans by .04 seconds for the final spot.

BUHS girls in other events were: Eve Pomazi -- 12th in 200, 17th in 100; Gwen Harris -- 15th in 400; Danielle Wood -- 21st in 200, 22nd in 100, 29th in 100 hurdles; Nevada Powers -- 24th in 1500; Kira Boucher -- 28th in triple jump; Catey Yost -- 30th in 800; Conley Crowder -- 31st in discus; Becca Freeman -- 34th in 3000; Aisha Schor -- 47th in 100; and Harris, Yost, Powers and Pomazi -- 9th in 4x400 relay.

BUHS boys in other events were: Josh Parro -- 15th in long jump, 15th in triple jump; Dan Burdo -- 17th in 400; Ryan Gilligan -- 21st in 1500, 24th in 3000; John Lonardo -- 18th in shot put, 23rd in discus; Tyler Clement -- 24th in 200, 34th in 100; Phelan Muller -- 44th in 110 hurdles.


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Sharing Our Strengths

BELLOWS FALLS -- Tonight, from 6-8, at Bellows Falls Middle School, the public is invited for an evening of hearing success stories from local female athletes who have made a difference. Among the speakers will be: Miss Vermont Teen USA Madison Cota, the President & CEO Special Olympics Vermont Lisa DeNatale, and Olympic Gold Medalist Hannah Kearney. You won’t want to miss the chance to hear their inspiring stories. These guests will share with our younger generations how they became leaders on the field as well as in the classroom; sharing their own secrets for how they got to where they are today. This evening will provide us with the opportunity to share our strengths with one another as we look to our future.

Frazier shines

MEREDITH, N.H. -- Hinsdale’s Markee Frazier placed second in the long jump and third in the triple jump at Saturday’s state meet, which qualified him for the upcoming Meet of Champions. Frazier was also one of 13 athletes voted as All-State. The Pacers had three girls relay teams entered, and they broke te school record in the 4x100.

Ellis repeats

BRATTLEBORO -- Brattleboro Union High School graduate Jacob Ellis, a sophomore at Bowdoin College in Maine, collected his second All-American award of the year and the third of his college career by placing third in the 800 meter finals at the NCAA Division III Championship recently at Ohio Wesleyan.

To qualify for the 800 meter finals, Ellis first had to race in the trials and place in the top two in his heat, or be one of the next two fastest runners in the field.

In the second heat in Friday’s preliminaries, Ellis was in last place for the first 500 meters and then opened up his stride with 300 meters to go. After a slow opening lap of 60 seconds, Ellis closed in a 52 second second lap, passing from 7th to 3rd on the back stretch and eventually passing the leaders in the final 100 meters to win his heat in a time of 1:52.65 and advance to Saturday’s final.

In the final, Ellis ran a similar race, staying in the back of the pack for the first 500 meters of the 800 meter race. As Andrew Carey of Johns Hopkins and Mitchell Black of Tufts moved forward, Ellis wanted to go with them, but found himself caught behind other runners, unable to make a move.

When he was able to extradite himself from the block, he had his work cut out for him, as both Carey and Black had opened up a gap on the field.

Ellis closed the gap on Black in the final 200 meters, but Carey was too far ahead to catch, winning in a time of 1:50.62. Ellis finished third with a time of 1:51.37, just behind Black who finished in 1:51.30.

This was the third All-American honor for Ellis. He placed 5th in the 800 meters at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championship this past winter in Lincoln, Neb., and was 5th in the 800 meters at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championship in LaCrosse, Wisc., in 2013.

On May 12, Ellis was named Division III Men’s Athlete of the Week by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association after he won the Open England 800 Meter Championship at Westfield State, in which he faced the top runners in New England, regardless of division. His time in that race was 1:49.66, which was the fastest 800 meter time in Division III in the last two years, and set a Bowdoin school record, besting the previous record of 1:50.68 that Chris Downe set in 2000.

Ellis also won the 800 at the Indoor Open New England Championship on Feb. 28, and in doing so became the second Bowdoin male to win an Open New England title since 1965. He just missed being the first by about an hour because teammate Coby Horowitz won the mile earlier that meet. By winning both Open New England titles (indoor and outdoor), Ellis becomes the first Bowdoin College athlete to win consecutive All-New England titles since 1936, when Phil Good won the 110 high hurdles and 220 low hurdles at indoor and outdoor New England’s every year from 1934-36.