Personal Bests for Hazen Union in North Country Meet

by Ken Brown

NEWPORT – The Hazen Union track and field team continued to better their times and results last week in their fourth meet of the season at North Country Union High School.

Lisa Velten kept her strong start to the season going with a personal record distance in the long jump, earning her a fifth-place finish. Defending state champion Sabine Brueck took home first place honors for North Country. Velten also recorded a personal best time in the 300m hurdles, placing eighth behind event winner Isabel Moustakas of U-32. Velten wrapped up her day with her best time of the season in the 100m event, with Barrett Freeman of Lamoille claiming the best time of the afternoon.

Cassandra Royer had a seventh-place finish in the 1500m, behind Ginger Long of U-32. Royer also recorded personal bests in the 300m hurdles and discus events. Ella Considine placed fifteenth with a personal best time in the 200m event as Barrett Freeman claimed her second title of the day. Considine also recorded a personal record in the 100m. Lila Meyer posted her best throw of the season in the discus and also ran her best time in the 200m event. Lily Castle also posted personal best times for Hazen in the 100m and 200m events.

Jessica Royer capped off a strong day on the girls’ side with a personal record in the 800m, with Ada Moore of Lamoille taking home first place honors. 

On the boys’ side, Max Fortmann, Gabe Aubuchon, and Colton Courtemanche all ran their best times of the season in the 100m. St. Johnsbury Academy’s (SJA) Andrew Bugbee bested the field in both the 100m and 200m events. Aubuchon also recorded personal bests in the 200m and 400m and Courtemanche performed the same feat in the 200m, 400m, and discus.

Hazen Union’s middle school team saw its first action of the season on Saturday at the U-32 Invitational in highly competitive fields that were over forty and fifty deep. On the girl’s side, Finn Burgess bested over the half of the competitors in the 100m and 200m events for Hazen. On the boys’ side Thomas Kehler had a pair of impressive seventh-place finishes in the 400m and 800m and capped off his day with a sixteenth-place finish in the 100m event. Felix Fortmann also had a strong day for the Wildcats with a fifth-place finish in the high jump, tenth-place finish in the long jump, and fourteenth-place finish in the 100m.

Hazen Union’s varsity team will be back in action next Saturday with some of the best track and fielders in the state at the Burlington Invitational.