Bellows Falls girls, boys are track state champions

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SOUTH BURLINGTON — The Bellows Falls girls and boys track teams swept the Division 2 state championship meet on Saturday, with the BF girls nipping Rice 107-105 for the title and the BF boys beating runner-up U-32 by a score of 127-103.

Tied at 103-103, the girls meet all came down to the 4x400 relay. The Bellows Falls team of Jasmine Boucher, Halle Dickerson, Maya Waryas and Abby Dearborn finished fourth in 4:24, while Rice was fifth in 4:31.

BF's Jaden Luebbert cleared 8-06 to win the pole vault. Abby Broadley contributed with a second in the 3,000 and a third in the 1,500.

Earning silvers for the champs were Brigid Hodsden (100 hurdles), Breanna Stockman (javelin) and Michelle Marchica (triple jump). Placing third were Emma Lawrence (discus and shot put), Stephanie Ager (3,000), the 4x100 relay team of Abbe Cravinho, Hodsden, Dickerson and Waryas, and the 4x800 relay team of Megan Banik, Molly Hodsden, Dickerson and Dearborn.

Reno Tuttle (discus and shot put) and Ryan Kelly (high jump, 110 hurdles) each won two events to power the BF boys. Dylan Clark prevailed in the javelin, while Gabe Hakimoglu teamed up with Andrew Elliott, Connor Smith and Harrison Gleim for a 4x100 relay title, took second in the 100, and also silvered in the 200.

Tuttle set a school record in the discus with a heave of 168-03.

It was the seventh consecutive crown for the Bellows Falls boys, which won the D-3 state championship from 2013-2018. The BF girls have now won four straight state titles.

Division 2 girls top five: 1. Bellows Falls 107, 2. Rice 105, 3. Hartford 78, 4. U-32 53, 5. Peoples Academy 42.

Division 2 boys top five: 1. Bellows Falls 127, 2. U-32 103, 3. Hartford 82, 4. Burr and Burton 51, 5. Lamoille 45.

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