Thursday February 19, 2015
While no one simply “cruises” to winning a state championship, the South Burlington indoor-team certainly made it look easy as they secured their second straight championship victory at Norwich University last Saturday. The boy’s team crushed the competition, finishing more than 100 points ahead of second place finisher Burlington. The South Burlington girls finished third as a team on the championship Saturday, getting edged out by state champs St. Johnsbury and second place finisher Essex. Emylie Rose and teammate Megan Kronoff combined to take two of the top three finishing spots in girl’s shot put event; Rose won the D-1 championship with a distance of 34-2.5. Likewise, the girl’s 4x400-team finished third in that event to help South Burlington move up the scoring ladder.
However, the afternoon belonged to a fresh and rested South Burlington boy’s team, who culminated their ability, drive, and desire into one incomparable performance Saturday afternoon. The Rebels got outstanding performances from their veteran athletes when they needed them the most; Caleb Kasupski won the 55m dash for his team, while teammate Sean MacDonald won the 600m, James Gregoire took the 1000m (closely followed teammate Joey Staples, who took 2nd in the event), and a 1st place finish for Staples in the 1600m (followed by Brandon Moran, who took 2nd). The Rebels weren’t done, as the team of Ismail Temirov, Andrew Levite, MacDonald, and a tireless Staples, beat out Burlington and St. Johnsbury to win the 4x400 relay. Bobby Hall, Kevin Le, MacDonald, and Tom Dustira teamed up to win the 4x800, while Kasupski continued to lead the Rebels in the field events winning the long jump and taking 2nd in pole vault. Matt Royer finished 3rd behind Kasupski in the long jump.
Caleb Kasupski was named indoor track athlete of the year.
Isaac Girourard hit a new personal best in the shot-put, throwing a full six feet further than his previous effort with a distance of 46-2, as he claimed the D-1 championship spot.
For the team, coached by Dennis Akey and Nate Bradbury, the victory is an exclamation point on a nearly flawless season, as well as a cornerstone of a South Burlington program that has the makings of a track and field dynasty. We offer our thorough and well-earned congratulations to all the athletes and coaches of South Burlington’s indoor program; don’t be surprised if this is the first of many championship articles to be written about South Burlington’s track and field program.
SOURCE: Peter Caulkin, Correspondent