East America Track and Field Championships: UVM Athletes to Watch
For the first time in six years, the University of Vermont will host the East America Track and Field Championships.
The two-day competition at Frank H. Livak Track begins Saturday morning with the men’s decathlon, women’s heptathlon and men’s javelin. The men’s 1,500 meter race kicks off the track events at 2 p.m. The conference meet ends Sunday, with competition scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.
To acquaint you with some of the Catamounts’ top stars, here’s a rundown of Vermont athletes to watch this weekend:
UVM WOMEN TO WATCH
The Jackson Hole, Wyoming junior is coming off an eighth-place finish in the mile at the America East Indoor Championships. For this weekend, Cornish has the seventh seed for the 1,500 (4:44.89).
The Skaneateles, New York senior has a good chance of improving on her fourth-place finish in the 400 hurdles at last year’s America East meet. Grasso is third in one of the toughest events in the sport with a time of 1:03.13.
The former Rice Memorial High School star wears the fourth seed in the 400m (55.67), an event in which she holds the UVM outdoor record (54.48). John placed third in the 400 at the league’s indoor competition and last year’s outdoor championships. She was the 2017 Vermont Gatorade Track and Field Female Athlete of the Year.
The 2021 New England meet champion in the 3000 steeplechase, Leighton is ranked second in the event (10.32.07) for this weekend. The Amherst, New Hampshire native also finished third in the steeplechase at last year’s AE Outdoor Championships and third in the 3,000m at the indoor conference meet this winter.
The freshman from Buffalo, New York, is fourth in the heptathlon (3,854). She finished seventh this winter in the indoor pentathlon at the conference meet.
The junior from Westfield, New Jersey, is the No. 1 seed in the heptathlon (4,589). She finished second this winter in the indoor pentathlon at the conference meet and placed third in the heptathlon at the 2021 league outdoor championships.
The junior from Bangor, Maine moved up to second place in the America East indoor championships in the pole vault with a personal best of 12-3.5. She is the third seed in PV for this weekend.
The 4×400 team of Grasso, Dina John, Sonia John and Gabby Rausa placed fourth in 3:55.12.
UVM MEN TO WATCH
The former Essex High School and Catamount senior standout is ranked third in the 100 (10.61). Asanya’s start time is a personal best but takes place in substantial windy conditions at a UNH meet on April 2.
The Falls Church, Va., elder is a title threat in the 800. Comstock finished a narrow second at the America East Indoor Championships this winter, and he’s ranked second this weekend at the double turn (1:51.27).
The freshman from Portland, Oregon, set a personal best two weeks ago in the pole vault (14-5.25) to earn the sixth seed for this weekend.
A graduate student from Montpellier, Hynes is ranked ninth in the 5,000 (14:28.03). Hynes was the 2016 Vermont Gatorade XC Boys Rider of the Year.
The senior athlete from Hyde Park, New York, is ranked sixth in the 3,000m steeplechase (9:24.12) and 10th in the 5,000m (14:28.96). Last year, Matyas finished sixth in the steeplechase at the AE.
The 2018 Vermont Gatorade Men’s Athlete of the Year and former Mount Mansfield standout is ranked eighth in the javelin (188-5). A year ago, Russom took third place in the javelin at AE.
The No. 2 player from Malvern, Pa., holds the sixth seed in the 400 (49.13) and seventh in the 200 (21.94). As a freshman, Siaton was an America East runner-up in the 400.
The 2019 America East decathlon champion sits in third place (5,624) in this weekend’s grueling multi-event discipline. Snide is a former Bellows Falls Union star who won 13 individual high school state titles.
The 4×100 relay team of Asanya, Siaton and Henry Miller and Jake Bair is ranked third at 42.32. And the 4×400 team of Asanya, Warner, Siaton and Bair are fifth in 3:18.79.
VERMONTERS TO WATCH
Katherine Cowan, Maine
The former St. Johnsbury Academy star is ranked fourth in the high jump (5-5.75). The senior Cowan, winner of the 2016 Vermont Gatorade Award, is coming off the conference indoor pentathlon title for the Black Bears.
Isabella Giesing, UMass Lowell
The former Oxbow star is the defending America East outdoor champion in the 800. The senior, who raced at the NCAA indoor championship this winter, enters this weekend with the lead double the 800 (2:03.95).
Carolina O’Shea, UMass Lowell
The former St. Johnsbury Academy star has transferred from Vermont to Lowell for his graduate year. She returns to her old school this weekend as the No. 2 seed in the 1,500 (4:34.93). Both O’Shea and Giesing are also listed as runners on the River Hawks’ 4×4800 relay, which is ranked third.
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