cross country

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Middlebury College women’s cross-country team finished 15th at the NCAA Division III championship meet hosted by Spaulding University in Louisville on Saturday, while the Panther men were 29th in the 32-team field.  Johns Hopkins captured the women’s NCAA crown with 125 points, followed by Washington University (138) and Williams (168). Parley Hannan of Ithaca won the 6-kilometer race in 20:53. Cassie Kearney was the first Panther to finish, taking 26th in 22:01. Next up for the Panthers was Talia Ruxin in 60th place in 22:30, followed by Meg Wilson in 125th (23:01),...
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Middlebury College men’s cross-country team finished third at the NESCAC Championships on Saturday, while the women were fourth in races hosted by Williams at Mount Greylock High School. The Panthers return to action on Nov. 16 at the NCAA Regional Championships hosted by Bowdoin. Williams won the 11-team men’s race with 22 points. The Panther men scored 107 points, 10 behind second-place Amherst. Theo Henderson paced the Panther men by taking second out of 145 runners in the 8-kilometer race in 25:41.8. Henry Fleming was 10th (26:00.7), while Quinlan McGaugh...

VERGENNES UNION HIGH School’s Ben Huston, right, presses the pace during the 5K state championship race at Thetford Academy this past Saturday. The Commodore junior was the top local finisher, placing sixth in Division II. Photo by Joe McVeigh
THETFORD — The Middlebury boys’ and girls’ teams each finished third in Division II in Saturday’s high school cross-country championships hosted by Thetford Academy, while Vergennes junior Ben Huston’s sixth-place finish in the boys’ D-II race topped all local runners’ efforts. U-32 dominated the boys’ race to win with 20 points, followed by five teams that were tightly grouped: Woodstock (95), MUHS (106), Spaulding (122), Harwood (124), and VUHS in sixth with 128. The Mount Abraham boys, led by Liam Davison in 47th, were 11th (284) among 15 scoring teams. MUHS junior Jack Christner finished...

TIGER JUNIOR THOMAS Nevins stalks Commodore junior Gabe Praamsma in the 32nd annual Harwood Invitational in South Duxbury this past Saturday. Praamsma (6th place) held off Nevins (seventh). Photo by Joe McVeigh
SOUTH DUXBURY — The Vergennes Union High School boys’ cross-country team won a close duel with the host school in Saturday’s Harwood Invitational over a hilly course on a sunny, seasonally warm day. With Ben Huston taking fourth place to lead five VUHS runners among the top 14 finishes in the six-team field, the Commodores scored 44 points to edge the Highlanders by two points. Middlebury, paced by Jack Christner in third place, was third as a team (71), followed by Montpelier (101), North Country (115) and Missisquoi (133). With only three scoring teams on the girls’ side, Harwood (16)...

MOUNT ABE JUNIOR Liam Davison glides through the 5K Woods Trail Run in Thetford this past Saturday. He earned 266th place out of 735 runners. Photo courtesy of Karyn Norwood
THETFORD — Local high school cross-country runners posted solid results at Saturday’s Woods Trails Run at Thetford Academy, a major meet that drew more than 1,300 varsity athletes and 96 boys’ and girls’ scoring teams from around New England. Among local squads, the Middlebury boys fared best overall with 524 points, taking 15th out of 52 scoring teams and finishing third among the Vermont Division II teams competing. D-II’s U-32 won the boys’ race with 76, and D-II Woodstock was 10th (460). Out of more than 700 competitors overall Tigers juniors Jack Christner and Thomas Nevins were 34th and...
EAST MONTPELIER — The Vergennes Union High School boys were second out of 16 teams at Saturday’s U-32 Invitational cross-country meet, while the Middlebury girls were fourth out of eight scoring squads. Ben Huston led the Commodore boys with a fifth-place finish, while Tiger runner Jack Christner led his sixth-place team by taking seventh. U-32 easily won the boys’ race with 52 points, but the next five teams were closely bunched. The Commodores tied St. Johnsbury for second with 128 points but won on a tiebreaker, while the Tigers were only 11 points behind at 139. Mount Abraham, led by Noah...

A SIXTH-PLACE FINISH by VUHS’s Ben Huston in the boy’s race at the Randolph High School Invitational Cross Country meet on Saturday was the high water mark among Addison County competitors. He ran 17:39.8 on a fast course run mostly on roads. Photo by Joe McVeigh
RANDOLPH CENTER — The Vergennes boys and Middlebury girls fared best on Saturday at the Randolph High School Invitational Cross Country Meet, hosted by Randolph at Vermont Technical College. Athletes had to contend with cool, damp and breezy conditions, with a light drizzle throughout both races.  The VUHS boys, led by Ben Huston’s sixth-place effort out of 174 competitors, finished fourth with 129 points. The Commodores trailed Hanover, N.H., (39), St. Albans (63) and Colchester (124) in the 14-team field. MUHS, led by Nat McVeigh in 16th, took sixth with 172 points, and Noah Engvall led the...

MIDDLEBURY UNION HIGH School girls start the cross-country race at Mount Abraham in Bristol on Tuesday. Eventual winner Mary Ann Eastman, on the right, checks her watch. Independent photo/Steve James
BRISTOL — Middlebury girls and boys runners cruised to wins in a three-team cross-country meet hosted in pleasant fall weather by the Mount Abraham Union High School team on Tuesday. Tiger senior Mary Ann Eastman won the girls’ race and she and her teammates took five of the six top places to score 18 points to cruise to the win. The host Eagles, led by Ruby Jean Hall and Ruby Markowski in seventh and eight places, respectively, edged Missisquoi for second place, 57-58. Sophomore Nat McVeigh paced the Tiger boys, who finished 1-2-3 and scored 27 points to hold off the second-place Eagles (41...

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