Central Vermont track and field athletes held their ground against some of the top Division I competitors in the state during Saturday’s Burlington Invitational.

The Essex boys prevailed with 145 points, while St. Johnsbury (121) finished second out of 26 teams. The CVU girls posted a winning score of 111.5 points, good enough to hold off runner-up Essex (106) in the 25-team girls field.

Washington County standouts were especially strong in the boys distance events. U-32’s Waylon Kurts finished second in the 1,500 (4 minutes, 7.14 seconds). He was followed by teammates Andrew Crompton (eighth, 4:17.33), Trevor Patterson (12th, 4:21), Patrick Cioffi (15th, 4:23.11) and Leo Cioffi (16th, 4:23.48). Harwood’s Hale Boyden placed 13th in the 1,500 (4:21.18).

Waylon Kurts (ninth, 9:28.08), Patrick Cioffi (13th, 9:39.14) and Jed Kurts (16th, 9:44.18) paced U-32 in the 3,000. Randolph’s Isaac Kaplan finished 12th in the same event (9:37.08), while Harwood’s Brendan Magill was 15th (9:42.28).

Oxbow’s Jarret Rock was second in both the 100 (11.54 seconds) and long jump (21 feet, 3.25 inches). U-32’s Eric Scharf placed 10th in discus (104 feet, 9 inches), while Oxbow’s Brennan Kimball was fifth in javelin (140 feet, 8 inches).

On the girls’ side, Randolph’s Natalie Strand was second in the 400 (61.21 seconds) and fifth in the 200 (27.47 seconds). U-32’s Caroline Kirby placed seventh in the 400 (63.48 seconds). Fellow Raider May Lamb wound up seventh in both the 800 (2:29.73) and 1,500 (5:03.88). U-32’s Julia Oliver placed sixth in the 100 hurdles (18.06 seconds). Montpelier’s Lily Fournier was seventh in the 300 hurdles (50.84 seconds).

Peoples Academy’s Lucia Kelly was a force to be reckoned with while earning a trio of top-10 results. She was second in javelin (104 feet, 6 inches), seventh in shot put (28 feet, 9 inches) and eighth in discus (83 feet, 1.25 inches). Wolves teammate Lily Metzler placed eighth in high jump (4 feet, 10 inches).

Spaulding’s Abigail Benoit finished second in pole vault (7 feet, 8 inches). Harwood’s Anna Jamieson wound up seventh in triple jump (30 feet, 0.5 inches).

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