Thursday June 09, 2011
The South Burlington girls saved possibly their best performance of the 2011 Track and Field season for last, as the Rebels dominated the competition against Mt. Mansfield, Essex, St. Johnsbury, St. Albans, CVU, Burlington, Rutland, Mt. Anthony, Colchester, and Brattleboro and claimed their first state championship since 1980. South Burlington won the day with a score of 142, but it was the individual performances that really stood out at this competition. Teammates Molly Gribbin and Sara Garvey finished first and second respectively in the hundred meter dash with times of 12.49 and 12.77. The same was true of Gribbin and Amanda Arena in the two hundred meter dash, with Gribbin going the distance in 25.81 and Arena in 26.71. Gribbin would go on to win two more events with Division 1 state recors in the long jump (18'-5.5") and the triple jump (39'-10"), but was modest about her spectacular performance, diverting the spotlight on her teammates.
“Everybody worked so hard for this,” said Gribbin, “It was a great team effort and I’m happy to add my points to this. When you finally put it together and it all works out, it just feels great!”
Other excellent performances on the day came from Carly Stine who finished first in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 16.16 and the 300 hurdles with a time of 45.51. The 4x100 relay team of Ellie Miner, Elise Mench, Arena, and Garvey, finishing with a time of 50.39, placed first in this team event. Notable second place finishes included Natalie Wimett in discus (91-2), Caitlyn Bishop in javelin (108-5), Garvey in long jump (16-4.5), and Stine in triple jump 35-25.
The state championships represented one more complete team effort from a team that’s built its season around a unit of excellent and uniformly committed athletes. Although the boys team finished ninth out of twelve competing teams, there were equally dedicated performances from Kyle Chu, who came in third in the two-hundred meter dash, Malcolm Plunkett, who came it third in the eight-hundred meter run, and the 4x800 team of JJ Royer, Peter Vayda, Matt Solomon, and Plunkett, who came in third.
At the end of the day, it was the South Burlington girls championship victory that would steal the show. With the victory, South Burlington snaps Essex High School’s six-year string of title victories. Congratulations to all the athletes on the South Burlington Girls Track and Field Team.
SOURCE: Peter Culkin, Sports Correspondent