Schoenbeck, Davis highlight local performers at Vermont decathlon

Sydney Schoenbeck

Sydney Schoenbeck

Staff Report

Published: 06-23-2023 1:07 PM

BURLINGTON — Rivendell Academy freshman Sydney Schoenbeck finished fourth, Hartford junior Jordan Davis finished fifth and the Thetford Academy girls were second in the team competition, finishing only behind Essex, the Division I state champion in track and field, to highlight Upper Valley participation ast last week’s Vermont high school decathlon meet earlier this week.

Davis scored 5,071 points in the two-day competition, which was held Monday and Tuesday at Burlington High’s Holland L. Smith track. He finished first in the javelin (146 feet), second in the discus and third in the shot put. He also had personal bests in the 100-meter dash (12.55 seconds), long jump (19 feet, 1.5 inches), 400 meter-run (58.8 seconds) and 1,500 (5:29.73). Davis finished 10th last year.

Schoenbeck, who trains with Hartford, “was a huge surprise to all in attendance, except for me,” Hartford coach Mike Perry said. She won state titles in the 200 meters and the long jump, and in the decathlon, she finished fourth in the javelin and the long jump and second in the high jump.

Perry said Schoenbeck has set Rivendell records in the 100, 200 and 400 meters as well as the shot put, javelin and long jump.

“Finishing fourth in the decathlon behind three girls from Essex, she has left a huge mark that, as a ninth grader, she was one to look out for in the future,” Perry said.

Amara Calhum-Flowers of White River Valley, this year’s Division III girls state champions, finished fifth (4,470 points), followed by Thetford’s Charlize Brown (sixth, 4,418 points) and Madelyn Durkee of Thetford (eighth, 4,111 points). White River Valley’s Cassandra Armstrong was 11th with 3,868 points. Callum-Flowers was sixth in the javelin and fifth in the 400 meters.

Durkee won the 1,500 and finished third in the 100 and fourth in the 400. Brown and Armstrong tied for third in the pole vault with three others, behind Windsor’s Audri Pettirossi, who was second. Charlotte Reimanis of Thetford (47th, 2,423) was third in the discus. Armstrong was second in the 400 and fourth in the 100. Brown took third in the 400 and Thetford’s Jada Rich placed third in the shot put and 16th overall with 3,567 points.

The Thetford Academy boys, who won the Division III state championship, were fourth among 28 teams with 231 points. The Panthers’ Ulysses Junker-Boyce was 10th (4,725), Caleb Benjamin of Sharon Academy was 16th (4,508) and Finn Linehan, who was first in the pole vault, finished 28th with 4,219 points.

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Zach Armstrong of White River Valley was fifth in the pole vault and 21st overall (4,437 points) and Ben Mattern of Thetford took second in the 1,500 and finished 42nd overall with 3,768 points.

Junker-Boyce was third in the long jump and seventh in the 100 meters. Hartford’s Bennett Moreno, who took third in the 1,500, finished 54th (3,354) out of 94 competitors.

Other Upper Valley results: Girls — Sophia Rockwood, Windsor (22nd, 3,305); Casey Wiedrick, Oxbow (57th, 2,043); Flynn Moreno, Hartford (60th, 1,860). Boys — Tanner Crane, Windsor (41st, 3,780); Jack Lloyd, Sharon (45th, 3658); Andrew Barret, Oxbow (55th, 3,446); Will Ilsley, Oxbow (57th, 3,381); Caide Covey, Oxbow (60th, 3,311).

Boys team scores: Mt. Mansfield 281, South Burlington 273, Essex 264, Thetford 231, Fair Haven 211, Colchester 205, North Country 201, Burlington 201, Lake Region 197, White River Valley 153 (14th), Oxbow 146 (T-17th), Sharon 146 (T-17th), Hartford 144 (20th), Windsor 136 (22nd).

Girls team scores: Essex 297, Thetford 273, South Burlington 259, White River Valley 228, St. Johnsbury 228, Lake Region 227, North Country 224, CVU 222, Bellows Falls 216, Enosburg Falls 209, Oxbow 102 (19th), Rivendell 97 (21st), Windsor 79 (22nd), Hartford 49 (25th).