KEN: WHEN THE VERMONT UNIVERSITY TRACK AND FIELD TEAM HAD A ROAD MEET CANCELED EARLIER THIS YEAR, THEY DECIDED TO MAKE IT UP WITH A HOME CONTEST AND AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT, MOTHER NATURE GAVE THEM A GO APRIL AFTERNOON. THEY WERE JOINED BY FELLOW AMERICA EAST OPPONENT HARTFO AND THE DIVISION THREE SCHOOL PLATTSBURGH STA CARDINALS, IN TOWN. THE FIELD EVENTS STARTED THE DAY. 2016 NCAA QUALIFIER IAN WEIDER FOULED A COUPLE JUMPS, BUT WOULD CONNECT ON HIS FIRST JUMP OF THE DAY AS WELL AS HIS FIRST ONE I THE FINAL. HIS BEST JUMP OF THE DAY WAS I THE FINAL ITSELF AT 6.86 METERS. THE THETFORD NATIVE WOULD FINISH SECOND OVERALL. ON THE WOMEN’S SIDE, COLCHESTER’S PEARL ABITI STARTED OUT STRONG, WITH HER BEST LEAP AT 5.45 METERS ON HER FIRST ATTEMPT. IT WAS ALREADY GOOD ENOUGH TO WIN THE WOMEN’S LONG JUMP, WHICH MAY HAVE BEEN HELPED OUT BY SOME OF THE BEST FANS OF THE DA MY PRESCHOOLERS, I WORK AT THE CHILDREN’S CENTER A UVM SO THEY CAME TO SUPPORT. IT WAS AWESOME. IT IS REALLY NICE TO BE AT HOME AND HAVE ALL THE SUPPORT HERE. KE SHE ALSO COMPETED IN THE SHOT PUT WITH A DISTANCE OF 9.26 METERS IN THE POLE VAULT, ED SIMON STARTED AT A HEIGHT OF 4.2 MAKING THAT WAS ABSOLUTELY NO PROBLEM. THE BFA ST. ALBANS ALUM WOULD ALSO MAKE A JUMP OF 4.55. WHIC WAS STILL A LITTLE SHORT OF THE 4.9 METERS HE JUMPED IN CALIFORNIA THIS PAST WEEKEND. HE WOULD LOOK TO BREAK THAT AND GO FOR THE SCHOOL RECORD AT 4.95, BUT WAS UNSUCCESSFUL O EACH OF THE THREE ATTEMPTS, WHICH CAN ACTUALLY BE BLAMED LITTLE FOR HIS RECENT WEST COAST TRIP. YEAH, ACTUALLY, IT IS A CRAZY STORY. THE POLES ARE STUCK IN CALIFORNIA, SO I HAD TO MAKE A BIG MOVE TO THE LONGER POLLS. IT TAKES A LITTLE BIT TO ADJUST. NEXT WEEKEND, I SHOULD BE READY FOR THE BIG ONES. YEAH, THE RECORD IS MINE. IT IS GOING TO TAKE SOME TIME TO GET IT. KEN: GOT TO LIKE THE CONFIDENCE. THE WOMEN’S POLE VAULT WAS ALSO TOPPED BY A CATAMOUNT, WITH GRACE WEISBECKER MAKING A JUMP OF 3.5 METERS. UVM SWEEPS THE POLE VAULT POINTS, BUT AS SOON AS GRACE W DONE HER FIRST FEW JUMPS, SHE HAD MORE JUMPING TO DO, JOINING PEARL IN THE 100 HURDLES. THE TANDEM TOOK THE TOP TWO SPOTS IN THE RACE, WITH GRACE

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