Thetford’s Weider Sets Marks at Vt. Decathlon Meet
Burlington — Thetford Academy senior Ian Weider grew into decathlon over the past two years. Now the University of Vermont may have to grow into watching Weider.
Although a fine first day wasn’t enough to guarantee a title, Weider recorded his second runner-up finish in as many years in the boys’ half of the Jerry Jasinski Vermont Decathlon-Heptathlon Meet at UVM yesterday. Weider held a 213-point lead on Mount Mansfield’s Alec Eschholz through Monday’s first five events, but Eschholz made that up with a strong second day to post a championship-winning total of 5,898 points.
Weider’s 5,775 points were more than 400 better than his second-place performance last year. They also marked a new TA school record, breaking the standard of ex-Panther and University of Connecticut decathlete Jesse Chapman.
“He’s an extremely wise competitor,” said Thetford coach Emily Silver of Weider, who plans to specialize in decathlon at UVM. “It feels like he learned lessons from every competition in terms of strategy and his approach at his next opportunity.”
Weider won three events in Monday’s competition, taking the 100-meter dash in 11.49 seconds, the long jump with a leap of 21 feet, 8.75 inches and the 400 meters in a time of 50.59 seconds. The latter broke a state decathlon meet record.
Eschholz outpointed Weider in three of yesterday’s five events and tied in a fourth. The difference may have been in the discus, with the MMU competitor getting 421 points with a throw of 91-2 while Weider settled for 332 points on a 76-foot throw resulting from fouls on his other two attempts.
“He was disappointed with his discus,” Silver admitted. “He fouled the first two and he wasn’t taking any chances on the third, so he just chucked it.”
Weider — who tallied 5,303 points at last year’s state meet — did close with a strong 1,500-meter run, clocking 4:41.81 for fifth place, less than a second ahead of Eschholz. “He ran a phenomenal 1,500,” Silver said. “That’s amazing considering he’d done one distance workout a week ago.”
Medals went to the top 15 finishers in each gender. Thetford sophomore Cole Chapman brought one home for his 11th-place result with 4,593 points, as did Randolph’s Rodney Johnson for taking 13th place with 4,564.
South Royalton’s Michael Dunkle took a team-best 19th place (4,359). Ezra Richardson had the top performance for Windsor, landing 37th (3,615).
Two Upper Valley girls also came home with medals in their seven-event competition. Randolph’s Mikaela Farmer recorded 2,840 points for 13th place, while the Yellowjackets’ Elizabeth McCabe scored 2,804 for 15th place. Larissa Stride led South Royalton, finishing 26th (2,464).
Lebanon-Wilson Tire 3
Meriden — Jill Dion’s hat trick pushed Lebanon (2-0-0) past the visitors in a New Hampshire Soccer Conference Division II match at the Plainfield School.
Sam MacDonald and Amanda Klotz both earned assists, and Kaitlyn Durkee was called upon to make four saves in the Wilson Tire net.
Lebanon hosts Hartford on Friday.
Dartmouth Makes All-Region
Hanover — Three members of the Dartmouth College baseball program made the American Baseball Coaches Association Division I all-region team yesterday, with Joe Purritano going to the first team at designated hitter while pitcher Michael Johnson and outfielder Jeff Keller made the second team.
A freshman, Purritano landed the Ivy League’s rookie of the year award along with first-team all-league recognition for his .343 batting average, five homers and 30 RBIs in 108 at-bats. Johnson anchored the Big Green’s pitching staff with a perfect 7-0 record, while Keller was the Big Green’s first academic all-American to go with first-team all-Ivy status with a league-best 21 doubles and a .702 slugging percentage that was fifth-best in the country.
Dartmouth went 32-9, setting a program record for single-season victories on its way to its sixth consecutive Red Rolfe Division crown.