Roundup: Belnap ties state record in hurdles at D-IV championships

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CHESTER — The Arlington track and field team competed at the Division IV state meet Friday afternoon.

In the 100 m hurdles, Tess Belnap won with a time of 17.08 seconds, which tied a state record. She also won the 300m hurdles and long jump. Belnap was second in the 200 m dash with teammate Lilah Ward in third.

Arlington set a state record in the 4x400 girls relay with a time of 4:36.50. That team included Belnap, Jamie Keel, Katie Berger and Aimee Frank.

Frank finished second by 0.08 seconds in the 400 m dash.

Keel was the top finisher in the 800 m race with a time of 2:37.28.

Lilah Ward won the high jump for girls.

Gillian Calkins was third in the girls shot put, while Berger was third in the discus throw.

SMS advances

STRATTON MOUNTAIN — The No. 4 Stratton Mountain School boys lacrosse team held on top No. 5 Spaulding 11-10 to advance to the Division II state semifinals.

The Crimson Tide scored the first goal of the game, but Stratton quickly took control.

SMS took a 5-2 lead after one quarter and extended that advantage to four at the half.

Stratton remained ahead by four with an 11-7 lead heading to the final frame.

Though SMS failed to score in the fourth, they were able to hold off Spaulding in the end to advance.

Stratton will play in the state semifinals Tuesday against No. 1 Harwood or No. 9 Green Mountain.

Wolves edge BBA

SOUTH BURLINGTON — The No. 5 Burr and Burton baseball team led for most of the game, but couldn't hold on falling to No. 4 South Burlington 4-2 in the Division I state quarterfinals Friday afternoon.

BBA started the scoring with a two-out RBI double from Chandler Pouk to take a 1-0 lead. A Daniel Hatheway double in the fifth plated the Bulldogs other run.

A defensive mistake cost BBA in the sixth as a throwing error allowed a Wolves runner to score.

South Burlington's Connor McGrath followed with the eventual game-winning homerun to seal the contest.

The Bulldogs finish the season at 12-6.

BBA falls to Wasps

WOODSTOCK — The No. 7 Burr and Burton boys lacrosse team saw its season come to an end Friday with an 11-7 loss to No. 2 Woodstock in the state quarterfinals.

BBA was in striking distance the whole game and was down just one goal with four minutes to play.

The Wasps closed out strong though to take a four-goal lead before the final horn.

The Bulldogs finish their season at 10-8, while Woodstock advances to the Division I state semifinals.

Gowan named interim AD

BENNINGTON — Christin Gowan is taking on another new role at Southern Vermont College as President David Evans announced her as the institution's Interim Director of Athletics on Friday.

Gowan was originally hired in March 2017 as the 11th head coach of SVC's women's basketball program. Over the next 14 months, she would be tasked with additional positions and responsibilities—including being named the Associate Director of Athletics in October.

Gowan takes over for Sharief Hashim, the Mountaineers' outgoing AD who accepted a similar post at SUNY Potsdam effective in July.

After getting settled in, Gowan was appointed as SVC's Senior Woman Administrator for the 2017-18 academic year; she will continue to serve in that role, as well as her head coaching role, while leading the Department of Athletics.

Gowan also took on the duties of overseeing NCAA compliance and academic standing for the College's student-athletes, supervising SVC's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and managing the Department's work study staff.

Gowan relocated to Bennington from Los Angeles last spring when she was tabbed as the head of SVC's women's hoops squad. In Southern California, she was an assistant women's basketball coach at Occidental College in conjunction with being a middle school mathematics teacher since July 2015.

She received her Master of Arts in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University Irvine in 2013 after obtaining her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2010 from California State University, Stanislaus.


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