Published January 16. 2013 4:00AM
In its first Shoreline Conference meet of the young season held at Floyd Little Athletic Center on Jan. 7, the Valley Regional girls' and boys' indoor track teams came together and put in solid performances behind a slew of young, talented athletes, going up against some of its toughest competitors from around the conference.
Prevailing in the 1,600 was Amelia Eppard (5:47.7) while teammate Amanda Preble placed first in the shot put event (31-8½). In the 55 hurdles, Tyler Hunter placed 14th (10.8) for the boys and Lindsey Webb put in a strong sixth-place finish for the girls (9.7), followed by Maggie Klin (12th, 10.5) in the same event. The boys' 55 dash saw Alex Belval place 11th (7.0), followed by Justin Morano (25th, 7.5), Jacob Beaulieu (29th, 7.7), and Colton Kinney (38th, 8.0). In the girls' 55 dash, Webb notched a fourth-place finish (8.0) and Melissa Carney finished 43rd (10.6). Sam Rosenberg placed 21st in the 1,000 (3:14.8) and Hunter 23rd in the 600 dash (1:54.9) while Taylor Riggio-McGrath finished 13th in the 600 dash for the girls (2:01.2), followed by Klin in 19th place (2:10.7). Bailey Steele finished strong in the 1,600 (4th, 4:59.1), followed by Sean Porter (25th, 5:48), Rosenberg (28th, 5:52.4), and John Capezzone (36th, 6:27.7). The 1,600 sprint medley relay team finished fourth (4:04.7) while Belval crossed the finish line for the 300 in 19th place (42.0), followed by Morano (21st, 42.4) and Beaulieu (38th, 49.6). The girls' 300 saw Riggio-McGrath finish 20th (52.9), followed by Klin in 29th (57.3), while Porter finished the 3,200 a strong sixth (12:03.6). Kinney jumped to 15th in the long jump (16-0 ½), while Clinton Mosher threw 40-5 in the shot put, good enough for fourth place and Kenna Campbell threw 28-9¼ for third place in the shot, followed by teammate Emily Trezza's 21st-place finish (20-6½) and Carney's 32nd-place finish (11-7).
In the Warriors' previous meet on Jan. 5, also held at Floyd Little Athletic Center, but featuring a wide variety of teams from around the state, Valley's girls finished 21st with six points and the boys did not place as a team.
Preble threw to third place in the shot put (32-1) and Steele placed eighth in the 1,000 (2:48.81) and 25th in the 1,600 (5:04.77) to lead the pack. Hunter finished in 26th place in the 55 hurdles (11.39) and Eppard had a strong 13th-place finish in the 1,600 (5:51.09) while Riggio-McGrath place 35th in the 600 (2:05.75) for the girls, and the boys' 1,600 sprint medley relay team of Belval, Morano, Beaulieu, and Steele finished 10th (4:08.17). Belval placed 44th in the 300 dash (43.18), followed by Morano (46th, 43.26), and Beaulieu (52nd, 46.49). In the boys' 3,200, Ben Toles (25th, 12:20.45) and Porter (26th, 12:43.65) crossed the finish line while Kinney jumped to 31st place in the long jump (15-7) and Mosher threw 40-5 in the shot put event. Campbell threw to eighth place in the shot put (28-5).