Third Indoor Meet of the Season for Hazen Union, Craftsbury Academy Competes in Their First

by Ken Brown

SOUTH BURLINGTON – Lisa Velten shined for the Hazen Union indoor track team last week in their third meet of the season at UVM’s Gutterson Fieldhouse and Craftsbury Academy’s Matthew Califano wasted little time getting back to his winning ways in their first competition of the winter.

Velten, just a sophomore, posted a fourth-place finish in the long jump behind Hartford’s Caroline Hamilton. Velton beat out 32 other competitors from all divisions in the event with a jump of 4.24m. She also posted a fourth-place finish in the 55m hurdles, which was also won by Hamilton.

Cassandra and Jessica Royer also had strong performances for the Wildcats in the distance events. Cassandra Royer ran a personal best time in the 1000m, good enough for eighth place behind event winner Amelia Dion of Burlington. Jessica Royer posted an eleventh-place finish in the same event, while also running her best time of the season. She also ran a personal best time in the 3000m event.

On the boys’ side, Gabe Aubuchon posted a personal best time in the 600m event for Hazen Union. Over the holiday break, Hazen Union competed in their second meet of the season at Gutterson, with Wildcat competitors posting nine personal bests on the afternoon. The girls’ team placed tenth out of 27 teams from all divisions. Hazen Union will be back in action this Saturday at UVM in their last event before state meet.

“This was the largest indoor track and field meet of the season, with 28 teams competing and it was highlighted by a great point scoring performance by Lisa. Even though Cassandra and Jessica were edged out of the top six, they both competed very well in the distance events, with huge personal record times,” said head coach Emily Willems. 

Craftsbury Academy was also at UVM last week, as a club team, and Mathew Califano won his first event of the season with a personal best time in the 3000m. Alex Califano placed second in the same event for the Chargers, just four seconds behind. Noah McKibben also turned in an impressive result with a runner-up finish in the long jump event, getting edged by Joseph Darling of Mount Abraham. McKibben also had a personal best time in the 55m hurdle and the Califano brothers posted personal bests in the 1000m event.