St. Clair excels in final year at UVM

St. ClairBrittany St. Clair is making the most of her final season as a member of the University of Vermont’s track team.
St. Clair broke her own school record in the heptathlon Saturday at the ECAC and IC4A championships at Princeton University.
St. Clair eclipsed her mark from the America East Championships with 5,272 points and finished second in the competition. The senior won the high jump (1.74 meters) and long jump (5.81 meters), and registered third in the 200-meter (25.25) and 800-meter (2:19.66).
She was named all ECAC based on the virtue of her second place finish.
The performance continued what has been a brilliant senior season for former graduate of Whitehall High School.
In April, she was named the America East conference women’s outdoor track and field performer of the week after she won the high jump at an event at Princeton on April 12, breaking yet another school record by clearing 1.78 meters in the high jump.
That same week, she was announced as one the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Women’s Track and Field Athletes of the Week.
On April 17, St. Clair won the high jump at the Cal State L.A. Twilight Open.
And in early May, she was part of the women’s track and field team that earned a second place finish at the 2014 America East Outdoor Championships with 142.5 points.
After finishing second in 2012 and 2013, St. Clair broke through to win the heptathlon with a career-best 5,054 points at the championships. She finished top-3 in all three of her events on the second day of the meet and was top-4 in all seven events during the competition. She won the long jump convincingly with a distance of 5.65 meters and placed second in the javelin, becoming Vermont’s first heptathlon champion since Allison Poulin in 1989.
“The previous years, there were two girls, one from Boston University and one from the University of Maine. They were amazing athletes and just to compete with them was great. But they graduated and weren’t there so it was my chance to break through,” St. Clair said.
“I like the heptathlon because if it doesn’t go well in one event you can make up for it in the other events.”
St. Clair was named the America East Women’s Most Outstanding Field Performer at the meet to sweep the honor in 2014, the first Vermont athlete to accomplish the feat in a decade.
“It’s a really nice honor and I’m proud to represent Vermont. It’s a tremendous honor,” St. Clair said.
Her performance for the outdoor track team follows a strong indoor season in which she won the America East Conference pentathlon crown.
She has also been honored for her academics, earning America East Commissioner’s honor roll in 2013.
St. Clair will next compete at the NCAA Regional’s in Jacksonville, Fla., at the end of the month.
“The past four years have gone by so quickly,” St. Clair said.
St. Clair is a 2010 graduate of Whitehall High School where she starred on the soccer, basketball and track teams. She is the last Whitehall player to reach the 1,000 point milestone on the basketball court and place second in the triple jump and fourth in the long jump at the New York state championships in 2010.
An exercise and movement science major, she is the daughter of John and Cheryl St. Clair.
St. Clair graduate last weekend and hopes to pursue an advanced degree in nursing.



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