Local roundup: Area athletes shine at Vt. decathlon meet

  • Hartford's Kennedy Mullen.

Staff Reports
Published: 6/20/2019 10:09:30 PM

BURLINGTON — The Upper Valley placed three athletes in both the final boys and girls standings at the Jerry Jasinski Vermont State Decathlon meet over the weekend.

Hartford High’s Kennedy Mullen was fifth with 4,445 points, Thetford Academy’s Grace Davis took sixth with 4,376 points and Woodstock High’s Faye Stevens claimed eighth in the girls’ 10-event standings with 4,292 points. Davis boosted her result by winning the high jump at 5 feet, 1 inch and finishing fourth in the javelin (87-9), one spot behind White River Valley’s Wynter Simack (90-7).

Mullen was third in the high jump, third in the closing 1,500-meter run (5 minutes, 12.84 seconds), fifth in the long jump (16-1) and fifth in the 400 dash (1:01.42). Stevens helped herself by placing fourth in the 100 hurdles (17.40), finishing in a virtual tie with Davis.

On the boys side, Windsor’s Eli Milligan finished in fourth place (5,199) with Yellowjacket teammate Owen Abrahamsen taking seventh (5,103) and Oxbow’s Jarret Rock (5,091) settling into eighth. Milligan won the discus (120-8) and had three other top-fives. He was fourth in the shot put (38-9) and fifth in the 100 dash (11.80) and javelin (138-6). Abrahamsen added a second in the 110 hurdles (15.58).

Rock took second in the long jump (19-10.75) and third in the 100 (11.70). Oxbow teammate Max Klarich was fourth in the long jump (19-7.5). Thtford posted a pair of individual top-fives, with Tad Darrah fourth int the 1,500 (4:27.39) and Knute Linehan fifth in the long jump (19-7).

Essex’s Wyatt Lamell (5,639) and St. Johnsbury’s Lia Rotti (5,518) won the overall decathlon crowns.

The meet was held on Monday and Tuesday at the University of Vermont.

GOLFMillard leads N.H. Open

KEENE, N.H. — Tennessee’s Jason Millard, fresh from a top-10 finish at the Vermont Open earlier this week, holds the first-round lead at the New Hampshire Open.

Millard, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., posted a 6-under-par 66 on Bretwood Golf Course’s North Course for a one-stroke lead on Ontario’s Brett Cairns. Longtime New England pro Brad Adamonis is two shots back in a large group at 68 that includes recent New England Open champion Jason Thresher.

The 29-year-old Millard, a two-time All-American at Middle Tennessee and a member of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, recorded eight birdies against two bogeys in his opening round. He’s looking for a victory after sharing eighth-place during the Vermont Open earlier this week at Woodstock Country Club.

Hanover High graduate and rising Middlebury College sophomore Phin Choukas has the best round from a limited group of Upper Valley competitors, his 5-over 77 leaving him tied for 94th overall and tied for 17th among amateurs.

The tournament moves to Keene Country Club for Friday’s second round before wrapping up at Bretwood North on Saturday.

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