High school runners vie in busy few days

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

MOUNT ABRAHAM’S RUBY Jean Hall cruises in to seventh in the girls’ cross-country race in Bristol on Tuesday, ahead of her teammate Ruby Markowski. Independent photo/Steve James

TIGER MARY ANN Eastman and her senior teammate Isabel Olson put some distance between themselves and the competition in a cross country race at Mount Abraham in Bristol Tuesday afternoon. They finished 1-2 in the race. Independent photo/Steve James

MIDDLEBURY UNION HIGH School’s Mary Ann Eastman crosses the finish line to win the girls’ varsity cross-country race at Mount Abraham Union High School on Tuesday. Eastman, who finished half a minute ahead of teammate Isabel Olson, led the race from start to finish. Independent photo/Steve James

TIGER SENIOR ISABEL Olson crosses the finish line in second place at Tuesday’s girls cross-country race in Bristol. She and her teammate Mary Ann Eastman led the field from start to finish. Independent photo/Steve James

MOUNT ABE SOPHOMORE Abby Johnson finishes 9th in the girls cross-country race on her home course in Bristol on Tuesday. Independent photo/Steve James

SOPHOMORE NAT MCVEIGH, right, and junior Tom Nevins of Middlebury Union High School pull away from the field after one circuit of the cross-country race at Mount Abraham on Tuesday. They finished first and second, respectively, and MUHS completed a sweep of the race when Will Carpenter came in third. Independent photo/Steve James

MIDDLEBURY UNION HIGH School’s Nat McVeigh, left, and Tom Nevins battle on the final turn onto the Mount Abe track at the end of Tuesday’s cross-country race in Bristol. McVeigh pulled ahead to win the race by a second. Independent photo/Steve James

MOUNT ABRAHAM SOPHOMORE Noah Engvall crosses the line in fourth place in Tuesday’s cross-country race behind a trio of runners from Middlebury Union High School. 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), with Missisquoi (53) trailing. Noah Engvall finished fourth to lead the Eagles.

Scoring for the Tiger girls were: 1. Eastman, 22:25; 2. Isabel Olson, 23:02; 4. Malia Hodges, 24:59; 5. Maddy Stowe, 25:01; and 6. Ari Graham-Gurland, 25:41.

Scoring for the Eagle girls were: 7. Ruby Jean Hall, 25:50; 8. Ruby Markowski, 25:54; 9. Abigail Johnson, 26:50; 24. Maisy Hill, 32.18; and 27. Emmaline Heilman, 38:46.

Scoring for the Tiger boys were: 1. McVeigh, 19:08; 2. Tom Nevins, 19:09; 3. William Carpenter; 8. Samuel Klingensmith, 21:43; and 13. Gabriel Cason. 

Scoring for the Eagle boys were: 4. Engvall, 19:43; 7. Liam Davison, 21:21; 9. George Collete, 22:10; 10. Hugh Ball, 22:10; and 11. Sean Davison, 22:10.

The Eagle, Tiger, Vergennes and Otter Valley teams are all scheduled to compete in this Saturday’s Randolph Invitational.


Also on Tuesday, the OV cross country team hosted a three-team meet. OV’s highlight was sophomore Parker Todd’s first-place finish while setting a course record of 19:45. Mill River’s Brogan Giffin’s previous record stood at 20:25.

Rutland swept the boys’ and girls’ team races. On the boys’ side Rutland won with 16 points, followed by OV (41) and Mount St. Joseph (47). On the girls’ side Rutland defeated OV, 13-27, with MSJ not fielding a full team.

Joseph Cijka joined Todd in the top 10 in the boys’ race by taking fourth in 22:00.

Rutland’s Rosanna Hyde won the girls’ race in 24:11. For OV, Kelsey Adams was third in 29:20, Kendra Mallette was fifth in 31:33, and Brittany Corey finished 10th in 43:30.


The VUHS boys also joined the Tiger and Eagle boys and the Tiger girls at this past Saturday’s Burlington Invitational.

The MUHS boys finished third in a 10-team field with 109 points, trailing North Kingstown, R.I., (33) and host BHS (50). The Commodores were sixth (151) and the Eagles were ninth (254).

The MUHS girls were fourth (96) trailing BHS (51), Essex (59) and Harwood (66).

The winner and local finishers in the boys’ race were:

1. Wondu Summa, BHS, 16:58.8; 5. Ben Huston, VUHS, 18:15.4; 15. Nevins, MUHS, 18:43.9; 16. Jack Christner, MUHS, 18:50.1; 22. McVeigh, MUHS, 19:13.8; 24. Erich Reitz, VUHS, 19:16; 28. Carpenter, MUHS, 19:31.4; 29. Gabe Praamsma, VUHS, 19:33.3; 31. Lucas Palcsik, MUHS, 19:38.7; and 34. Engvall, Mt. Abe, 19:48.5.

Also, 37. Elvis McIntosh, MUHS, 19:52.1; 46. Davison, Mt. Abe, 20:26.7; 48. Julio Quiles, VUHS, 20:47.4; 51. Luke Bergmans, VUHS, 21:08.3; 52. Chris Therrien, VUHS, 21:17.4; 58. Hugh Ball, Mt. Abe, 22:20.1; 61. Klingensmith, MUHS, 22:35.5; 63. Liam Beatty, Mt. Abe, 23:12; 66. Brewer Atocha, Mt. Abe, 23:21.9; 69. Sean Davison, Mt. Abe, 23:47.4; and 71. Charles Stewart, VUHS, 25:47.4.

The winner and Tiger finishers in the girls’ race were:

1. Ava Thurston, Harwood, 19:50.3; 10. Olson, MUHS, 21:30.2; 16. Eastman, MUHS, 22:00.5; 20. Stowe, MUHS, 22:22.3; 24. Ella Landis, MUHS, 22:34.6; 26. Fairley Olson, MUHS, 22:43.0; 31. Sofia Stefani, MUHS, 23:16.1; 45. Hodges, MUHS, 25:49.4.

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