Peoples Academy senior Lucy Kelley is a state champion for the fourth time.
Kelley, a captain on the cooperative track and field team from Peoples Academy-Stowe, claimed her fourth straight state title in javelin at the Division 2 state championship meet on Saturday in South Burlington.
All told, the PA-Stowe girls team finished fifth with 42 points and the boys team was seventh with 28.
Bellows Falls, the Division 3 champ in 2018, won both the boys and girls Division 2 titles this season after moving up a weight class. The boys had 127 points, U-32 was second with 103 and Hartford third with 82. The Bellows Falls girls won with 107 points, barely edging Rice (105 points), and Hartford was third with 78.
Lamoille Union also did well at states; the Lancer boys were fifth with 46 points and the girls sixth with 36.
Kelley’s throw of 107 feet, 8 inches put her over a foot ahead of runner-up Breanna Stockman of Bellows Falls, who threw a personal record of 106 feet but was still 20 inches short of matching Kelley. The next two finishers, third-place Michelle Skovsgaard of Middlebury and Halle Dickerson of Bellows Falls, also threw personal bests but failed to crack the 100-foot barrier. Two other Bellows Falls athletes, Macie Streeter and Emma Lawrence, finished fifth and sixth.
The title is Kelley’s second straight in Division 2; she claimed her first two javelin crowns before Peoples formed a cooperative team with Stowe, when both schools competed as separate squads in Division 3.
Kelley’s throw at states was one of the longest of her season, but she’d topped it just a week before, on May 25, with a throw of 111 feet, 4 inches at the Essex Invitational. That throw qualified her for the New England Championships later this month.
Three straight titles do create an expectation for a fourth, and PA-Stowe coach Andrew McCullough wasn’t surprised when Kelley peaked at the perfect time and brought home another title.
“She’s definitely been steadily progressing over the course of the season and ended on a high note,” McCullough said.
He also praised Kelley’s team efforts this season; she’s run in some relay races and added discus and shot put to her field events. At states, those efforts yielded more points for PA-Stowe, as Kelley was fourth in shot put and fifth in discus, setting personal records in both events.
The other PA-Stowe athletes headed to Thornton Academy in Saco, Maine, to compete in New Englands this weekend are Ben Craig, Roshawn and Rashane Russell and Josh McDonald. Craig will run in the 1,600 meters and will team with the Russell twins and McDonald for the 4x400 meter relay.
“Overall, I think everyone finished pretty well. I’m happy with their performances,” McCullough said. “We’re a pretty young team. I think it bodes well for the future.”
Here’s a look at how PA-Stowe athletes did in other events at the Division 2 state championships.
400 meters: Josh McDonald fourth in 53.34.
800 meters: Ben Craig sixth in 2:08.87.
1,500 meters: Ben Craig third in 4:18.49.
4x100 meter relay: Rashane Russell, Charles Ellis, Tristan Love and Noah Lafountain fifth in 47.79.
4x400 meter relay: Josh McDonald, Rashane Russell, Ben Craig and Roshawn Russell second in 3:41.12.
4x800 meter relay: Bobby Jones, David Bradbury, Eli Smith and Nathan Kessler sixth in 9:36.28.
High jump: Josh McDonald fourth with a jump of 5 feet, 8 inches.
100-meter dash: Emilie Prive fifth in 13.69.
200 meters: Emilie Prive fourth in 28.37.
400 meters: Emilie Prive third in 61.91.
800 meters: Sofie Carlson fourth in 2:28.05.
Shot put: Lucy Kelley fourth with a throw of 31 feet, 3.5 inches.
Discus: Lucy Kelley fifth with a throw of 87 feet, 4.5 inches.
Javelin: Lucy Kelley first.
High jump: Lily Metzler third with a jump of 4 feet, 10 inches.
Long Jump: Lily Metzler fourth with a jump of 15 feet, 5.5 inches.