Despite South Burlington senior Malcolm Plunkett running the fastest converted 1,600-meter time for Vermont indoor track and field, a sub-committee of the Vermont Principals’ Association ruled not to recognize the state record during Tuesday’s annual meeting in Montpelier.
As an unattached runner not competing for South Burlington, Plunkett raced in the open college division at the Dartmouth Relays this past weekend, finishing with a mile time of 4 minutes, 22.22 seconds, bettering the 1,600 record (4:24.68). The mile, a seldom-run event for Vermont high school runners, is about nine meters longer than the 1,600.
The track committee ruled Plunkett’s time ineligible because he’s not a member of South Burlington’s team. The committee also said Plunkett competed in a non-sanctioned event by running in a college division, said Bob Johnson, the VPA’s associate director.
At the same meet, St. Johnsbury’s Dage Minors finished with a mile time of 4:24.82 in the high school division. Pavel Dvorak, the president of the Vermont Track and Field Officials Association and keeper of the state records, lists Minors’ converted time of 4:23.28 as the new 1,600 state record on his website, which can be found here: http://bsdweb.bsdvt.org/~pdvorak/tfweb/
The South Burlington girls 4×800 also established a new state mark at Dartmouth.
— Alex Abrami