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Record Numbers and Records Falling in BVT Track

Jeanette Finnell has been the head coach of the Valley Tech track and field program for the past six years. Last year, she was pleasantly surprised to have 93 athletes come out for the boys' and girls' teams, combined. This year, she had 113.
"It's definitely more than usual, even after last year's big turnout," said Finnell, who has been involved with the program for eight seasons. "We have a lot of young ones, even some sophomores and juniors who decided to come out for track for the first time."
In addition to the sizable roster, the Beavers figure to be strong in several events in both the girls' and boys' meets. The Valley Tech girls went undefeated in league meets last season, capturing the league title for the first time since 1998. The fact that the Beavers only graduated two seniors from the 2010 girls' team has Finnell setting her sights high in 2011. "We are definitely hoping to win the league again," she said.
Leading the way for the girls are some talented and experienced relay squads. BVT returns three of the four members of last year's 4x400 team that set a school record. Co-captains Paige Heckman and Alyssa Mello are joined by Alison Laquerre and freshman Stephanie Brunell. "Their time at our first meet of the year was very good," said Finnell. "I expect that they will set a new record before the season is over."
In addition to being part of the record relay team, Heckman holds the program's top mark in the high jump at 4'10". The 4x100 team features juniors Brianna King, Kelsey Lyons, sophomore Jenna Archambault and freshman Rachel Katinas.
Another strength of the girl's team will be the distance combo of freshman Jen Morin and sophomore Haylie Paterson. The pair will compete in the two-mile, mile, and 800 yard events throughout the year. "They are very good distance runners and can run multiple events," said Finnell. "They were both on the cross-country team last fall and did very well."
Also returning, the school record holder in the triple jump, Danielle White. She and senior co-captain Meghan Macchi are expected to score well in that event.
The boys also have a strong triple jump team with senior captain Alex Schleper and classmates Marcus Mesquitta and Craig Gosselin. Co-captain Alex Schops will compete in the long jump and is one of the stronger 800 runners on the team.
The Beaver boys will likely be very competitive in the throwing events. Senior captain Josh Lamberson leads the way in the javelin. Andy Perras will compete in the shot put and the jav while Dave Trettle and Oscar De La Rosa should be consistent scorers in the shot put and discus events.
Even with all this returning talent on both teams, Finnell is perhaps most excited about the talent that is still to be discovered. "We have a great deal of young athletes and we are still evaluating a lot of them," she said. "By the end of the year, we are going to have even more top performers to talk about."
And, if the current trends continue, perhaps some new records to talk about as well.




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