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Valley Tech Track & Field Showing Strong Depth
With 100 athletes – 47 boys and 53 girls – the Blackstone Valley Tech spring track & field teams figured to boast plenty of depth in a number of events. Such has been the case for the Beavers. Even with a young team and without a large number of state-qualifiers, BVT has been able to more than hold its own on both the boys and girls meets thanks to consistent place-winners.
"In the meets we have won, we have had a lot of athletes place second and third to score those crucial points," said head coach Jeanette Finnell. "We have a young team, but everyone is getting better and the improvement has been steady throughout the season."
The boys have been lead by a number of younger athletes, including sophomore Chris Lira. The sprinter has consistently scored wins in the 100-yard dash as well as being a key cog in the 4x100 relay. He also competes, and has earned victories in, the triple jump and the long jump. "He is someone who has really stood out," said Finnell. "We can count on him most of the time for wins in our dual meets."
Junior captain Brett May has excelled in the 100 and 200 and is also part of the 4x100 relay team. He has won all three events, and earned a number of second place finishes. May also recently took up throwing the javelin and has taken to it almost immediately, throwing well enough to earn a spot at the league meet.
Fellow captain Jonathan Saniuk has been a steady place winner in the 800 and the two-mile. Sophomores Kevin Noonan and Zack Daigle have helped anchor the Beavers' lineup of throwers. Noonan has placed numerous times in the shot pot and Daigle has done the same in both the shot as well as the discus.
"I'm really pleased with how much some of our younger guys have been able to improve," said Finnell. "It's encouraging to know we are going to have a lot coming back next season."
The girls earned wins in four of their first five dual meets thanks to a number of strong and consistent performers. Freshman Shannon Kelly has only been beaten once in the 100-yard dash and is part of the 4x100 relay team. Senior captain Stephanie Burnell has placed multiple times in the mile and is part of the 4x400 relay. Freshman Tabitha Fields has joined Burnell on the 4x400 team and has also placed in the 400 yard dash.
Junior Francesca Niro is a district qualifier for BVT in the 200 as well as the long jump and has regularly won both events at dual meets. Senior Sam Giffen has placed in both the high jump and the 400 and Delia O'Toole has added to the team's point totals on a regular basis in the javelin.
"I think the girls have a good shot to win the league," said Finnell. "Parker Charter is another team that has done well and we don't face them until next week, but I like our team a lot and I think we can compete with anyone."




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