BRATTLEBORO >> After sweeping the boys and girls Division 3 track and field state meets in Chester, seven members of the Bellows Falls Union High School team competed in the Vermont Decathlon Championships in Burlington. The event consists of the 100 meter dash, 110 meter hurdles, long jump, shot put, discus, javelin, 400 meter dash, pole vault, high jump and 1500 meter run.
Junior DJ Snide, who finished first in the hurdles and shot put, defeated all 75 rivals to win the boys individual title. Sophomore Shane Clark placed 11th after taking third in the javelin and sixth in the pole vault. Seniors Nate Fairbrother and Chris McKeen wound up 28th and 34th respectively in the individual standings.
Competing for the Bellows Falls girls were freshman Brigid Hodsden (26th), junior Keri Ticino (28th) and freshman Haley Covillion (34th). There were 61 female competitors.
It was the fourth consecutive state title for the BF boys, who defeated runner-up Thetford by 21 points. Snide struck gold in the 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles and the triple jump to lead the way. Chris Doucet (high jump), Reno Tuttle (discus) and Clark (javelin) all won one event, while BF's 4x100 relay team of Cameron Joy, Sawyer Reis, Connor Smith and McKeen also finished first.
The BF girls outscored silver medalist Oxbow by just three points. Savannah Bradbury (discus), Ticino (pole vault) and Michelle Marchica (triple jump) were the individual champions. The 4x800 relay team of Reaghan Baldasaro, Faith Byfield, Sophia Hyslop and Alice Salter-Roy also prevailed for the Terrier girls.