HANOVER, N.H. – South Burlington’s Caleb Kasupski smashed Vermont’s high school boys long jump state record during the Dartmouth Relays over the weekend.
The reigning indoor track state champion in long jump, Kasupski soared 22 feet, 4 inches to break Montpelier’s Colby Cunningham by a foot.
Kasupski finished third in the event at Dartmouth, the 46th running of the prestigious and regionally competitive meet.
Other Vermonters to place in the seeded events include the South Burlington boys 4-by-800-meter relay team that consisted of James Gregoire, Joey Staples, Brandon Moran and Sean MacDonald (third in 8:22.37), Essex’s Sadie Hankey in high jump (tied for fifth at 5-2) and Windsor’s Kathryn Bassett in pole vault (fifth at 9-6)
Gatorade honors U-32’s Schwartz
U-32’s Rena Schwartz was named the Vermont high schools girls cross-country runner of the year, Gatorade announced last week.
The 5-foot-3 freshman won the Division II individual race (19:49) and finished 13th to be Vermont’s top runner at New Englands (19:01) this past fall.
The award, in collaboration with USA Today High School Sports, recognizes athletic excellence, academic achievement and high character.
“I’ve been coaching endurance sports for the past 40 years and I’ve never had an athlete who was as fast as Rena at such an early age,” U-32 coach Mark Chaplin said. “Rena not only has incredible natural talent, but she pushes herself hard in both practices and races, in a constant effort to improve.”
Schwartz has maintained an A average in the classroom, is a talented musician and has volunteered locally as a ski instructor, the news release said.
Bliss, Bennett named XC coaches of year
Champlain Valley’s Scott Bliss and South Burlington’s Geoff Bennett were named Vermont coaches of the year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association last week.
Coaches were picked for each state by a selection committee in the inaugural year for the association’s cross-country honors.
Bliss’s CVU girls captured their sixth straight Division I crown and 11th in 12 seasons in the fall. Bennett’s Rebel boys completed a three-peat.
Shelburne’s Meiler sets world record
During the masters portion of the Dartmouth Relays last weekend, Shelburne’s Flo Meiler set a pole vault world record for 80-84-year-old women’s age group. Meiler cleared 5-8.75 for the new mark, while also setting American records in high jump and weight throw for her age group, she said.