H.S. notebook: Weather shakes up Essex Invitational

H.S. notebook: Weather shakes up Essex Invitational

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H.S. notebook: Weather shakes up Essex Invitational

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The Essex Invitational track and field meet has been pushed into the week of the four state meets.

Originally slated for today, the large invitational that has served as Vermont’s New England meet qualifier since 2007 has been rescheduled for Tuesday, just days before the divisional state championships.

After weighing several options Friday afternoon, meet officials, Essex coaches and Essex athletic director Ed Hockenbury decided to postpone due to weather forecast.

Tuesday’s meet will start at 3:30 p.m., and no teams can show up before 2. In addition to the main field lights, portable lighting will be used to continue running and jumping events, Hockenbury said.

The top six finishers in each event qualify for New Englands, slated for June 8 in New Britain, Conn.

The Divisional state meets — D-I at Burlington; D-II at Fair Haven; D-III at Chester — are scheduled for June 1. The D-IV meet, which was formed last year, is still slated for May 31 at Chester.

For more details and the meet performance list, visit: bsdweb.bsdvt.org/~pdvorak/tfweb/

Softball

Coach resigns at Fairfax: Mary Gagne, head coach of the undefeated BFA-Fairfax softball team, has stepped down two weeks before the Division II playoffs.

The second-year coach who was a former Missisquoi standout resigned from her post Thursday, citing personal reasons, according to Fairfax athletic director Geri Witalec.

In her first season, Gagne led the Bullets to the Division II state title. This spring, the Bullets are 12-0 and sit atop the D-II index standings.

Witalec said she will join the staff and lead the team for the rest of the season with volunteers Quentin and Marlene Karr. Witalec is a longtime former head softball coach at Colchester.

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