BURLINGTON — Milton picked up first- and second-place points in three of the six running events and the Yellowjackets earned the school’s first-ever track and field state championship last Friday night at the University of Vermont.
Camille Hanna of Milton jumped to two Division II championships, in the high jump and pole vault.
Carson Bianchi and Zach Popke finished first and second in the 600 meters, Popke and Levi Yoder did the same in the 1,000, and Mike Ferro and Yoder earned another maximum 18 points in the 1,500 with second- and third-place finishes behind a U-32 winner competing as an individual.
Bianchi also picked up eight points for taking second in the 55-meter dash and six for his fourth in the 300, racking up 24 of Milton’s 92 points in his three individual races.
Ferro, with a third in the 3,000, and Popke scored 18 points apiece, while Yoder’s two runner-up finishes earned 16 points.
Anthony Barbieri took third in the high jump for another eight, Milton’s only points from field events in the boys competition, and two fourth-place relay finishes closed out the scoring as Milton finished 13 points ahead of runner-up Rice Memorial.
Hanna edged Rice’s Hannah Miller for the high jump crown on fewer misses, clearing her first three heights on one try before failing at 5-foot-2. After passing at the first two heights, Hannah nailed three straight jumps while it took Miller three tries to clear 5-0.
Another tiebreaker in the pole vault left Hanna with two championships after she and Emma Radler of Mt. Abraham each made it over 8-0.
The two titles accounted for 20 of the Milton girls’ 21 points, with Haley Raftery adding one for taking sixth in the 300.
The top six performances in the D-I and D-II state meets earn berths in the New England Indoor Track & Field Championships, to be held March 3 in Boston.
Hanna and Bianchi each earned two spots each, Hanna for both her wins and Bianchi in the 55 and 600. Popke also qualified, in the 600.