Hornet's Nest

Track Meet on March 29th

Ipswich 62, Manchester Essex 19 – Girls

Ipswich 52, Manchester Essex 29 – Boys

On the boy's side Eli Heanue was a double winner, as he was best in the high jump 5' 2" and the two-mile which was not only a personal record (PR) but also a top 10 all time performance with a time of 11:10.4. Cormac Edgerton smashed the freshman two-mile record with a time of 11:12.0 while coming second. Will Kenney was an easy winner in the mile (4:36.2) which was our only other win. James Wendell finished second in the 600 (1:33.2) as did Patrick Logan in the 1000 (3:03.1) (PR). Thirds came from Emerson Kahle 55 (7.0) (PR), Fin O'Hara mile (5:16.8) (PR), Jack Connor 300 (41.0) (PR), Charlie Lations (1000) (3:05.5) (PR) and Josef Vytopil in the shot (30'). Nate Gardner set a PR in the 600 (1:44.2) as did Sammy Heanue in the shot (26' 4").

On the girl's side, we had freshman Caelie Patrick win the 600 (1:55.4) and fellow freshman Mackay Brooks win the 1000 (3:42.8). Our lone second came from Olivia Turner in the mile (6:31.1) while her sister Whitney picked up third (7:09.3) (PR). Maddie Curran scored her first varsity points in the hurdles with a third-place time of 11.5. Freshman Mercedes O'Neil was third in the 55 with a time of 7.9 which is also a top 10 all time performance. Isabella Hadaegh scored a third in the 300 (48.3), Freshman Anya Bixby was third in the 600 (2:08.6) as was fellow freshman Sienna Crocker in the 1000 (3:51.1). 

Track Meet on March 31st

Manchester Essex 41, Essex Tech 33 – Girls

Manchester Essex 59, Essex Tech 24 – Boys

Winners on the boy's side were Eli Heanue being a double winner (mile 5:03.1 and High Jump 5' 4"), Wil Kenney 2 mile, Logan Patrick 600 (1:34.1), Jack Connor 300 (40.5), Fin O'Hara 1000 (2:59.4) and Josef Vytopil shot put. Nate Gardner scored his first varsity points in the hurdles while finishing in second place (10.5). Cormac Edgerton was second in the mile (5:03.3). Cameron Light also finished second in the 600 (1:40.0) as did Jack Newton in the 1000 (3:04.1). Third came from Josef Vytopil in the 55 (7.5)

The girls had Amy Vytopilova (300 47.6), Mackay Brooks (mile 6:15.5), Caroline MacKinnon (600 1:54.6), Caelie Patrick (1000 3:34.3) and Olivia Turner (2 mile) win their respective events. Winning by 3 going into the final event, the foursome of MacKinnon, Patrick, Sienna Crocker and Vytopilova basically lead from start to finish with a final time of 4:48.3 to seal the victory. Maddie Curran was second in the hurdles (12.2) as was Isabella Hadaegh in the 300 (48.5). Sienna Crocker took silver in the 600 (1:56.6). Extremely important thirds came from Mercedes O'Neil and Liv Cahill in the 55 (8.0 tie), and Anya Bixby in the 1000 (3:46.7).

Coach Nelson indicated "I would have to say that Caroline MacKinnon had the most impressive performance of the day in the 600. Amy Vytopilova ran a strong 300, Caelie Patrick and Mackay Brooks looked strong. I give kudos to our seniors Maddie Curran and Olivia Turner for being great team members and going out to do events to help the team win. Without their efforts, the result could have been quite different. The same holds true for Nate Gardner for attempting the hurdles and giving us points. I also give high marks to Jack Morgan, Logan Patrick, and Finn O'Hara for their performances as well."

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