Abiti wins, Polen breaks record at New Englands

Abiti wins, Polen breaks record at New Englands

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Abiti wins, Polen breaks record at New Englands

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NEW BRITAIN, Conn.

Colchester’s Pearl Abiti claimed triple jump, Mount Anthony’s Jon Polen broke the 110 hurdles state record and several other Vermonters shined at the 68th New England track and field championships Saturday.

Abiti bounded to a winning triple of 37 feet, 5 inches while Polen tracked down a dated 110 hurdles mark (14.55) in grabbing third place. Polen’s time eclipsed the 1997 D-I record (CVU’s Marco Ami 14.68) and the previous overall state mark of Harwood’s Ray Van Rooyen, set in 1994 (14.61).

Top athletes from the six New England states converged at Veterans’ Stadium in New Britain, Conn. for top-six medals. Other Vermonters who fared well include:

* From a slower heat, St. Johnsbury’s Dage Minors took fifth in the 800 (1:54.93), narrowly missing a state mark by about eight-tenths of a second;

* Thetford’s Ian Weider, who had Vermont’s top 100 time this spring, nabbed fifth in long jump (22-00.25);

* Champlain Valley’s Autumn Eastman (1,600, 5:03.09) and Taylor Spillane (3,200, 11:01.64) each placed sixth in their events;

* Montpelier independent Daniel Grosevenor raced to sixth in the 3,200 (9:17.52). Mount Anthony’s Marc Brandmeyer was seventh in the same race;

* Elizabeth Bassette of Woodstock took sixth in long jump (17-7.25)

* Mount Mansfield’s Alec Eschholz broke 40 seconds in the 300 hurdles (39.96), good for seventh overall.

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