VUHS boys, MUHS girls excel in races

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

MIDDLEBURY UNION HIGH School senior Mary Ann Eastman led all local female finishers in Saturday’s Randolph High School Invitational, running to ninth place in 21:30. Photo by Joe McVeigh

THE EAGLE BOYS’ top finisher at Randolph on Saturday was Sophomore Noah Engvall in 32nd place. Photo by Joe McVeigh

IN 11TH PLACE at 21:35, MUHS sophomore Ella Landis was just a two places and five seconds behind Tiger teammate Mary Ann Eastman in Randolph on Saturday. Photo by Joe McVeigh

MIDDLEBURY UNION HIGH School junior Tom Nevins leads Tiger teammate Nat McVeigh and Commodore Erich Reitz during the boys’ Randolph High School Invitational Cross Country Meet Saturday at Vermont Technical College. McVeigh, Middlebury’s top finisher, nipped Nevins by four seconds, and Reitz by 22. 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 eight-place Eagles (243) with a 32nd-place effort. Otter Valley did not send enough varsity runners to score; Joseph Cijka finished 53rd for OV.

With Mary Ann Eastman finishing ninth, the Tiger girls took fifth place out of 11 teams with 106 points. Hanover (64) edged Harwood (73) for first. 

The Eagles finished 11th with 259. Ruby Jean Hall finished 43rd for the Eagles. Kelsey Adams’ 68th-place finish led three Otters in the field of 139. 

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

1. Riley Maher, St. Albans, 16:46.9; 6. Huston, VUHS, 17:39.8; 16. McVeigh, MUHS,18:27.4; 19. Tom Nevins, MUHS, 18:31; 20. Gabe Praamsma, VUHS, 18:38; 28. Erich Reitz, VUHS, 18:49.8; 31. William Carpenter, MUHS, 18:52.6; 32. Engvall, Mt. Abe, 19:05.5; 39. Julio Quiles, VUHS, 19:24.9; and 49. Liam Davison, Mt. Abe 19:52.5.

Also, 53. Cijka, OV, 20:02.4; 59. Luke Bergmans, VUHS, 20:28.8; 61. Nico Brayton, MUHS, 20:33.6; 73. Sean Davison, Mt. Abe, 21:16.5; 74. Hugh Ball, Mt. Abe, 21:22; 83. Gus Hill, Mt. Abe, 21:48.3; 85. Trystan Jones, MUHS, 21:52.8; 158. Mickeen Hogan, OV, 27:13.9; and 166. Kevin Odell, OV, 32:11.9.

The winner and local scorers in the girls’ race were: 

1. Christine Aman, Hanover, 19:44.6; 9. Eastman, MUHS, 21:30; 11. Ella Landis, MUHS, 21:35.6; 26. Fairley Olson MUHS, 22:28.4; 31. Sofia Stefani, MUHS, 22:51.9; 43. Hall, Mt. Abe, 23:41.2; 48. Seina Dowgiewicz, MUHS, 23:53.4; 66. Ruby Markowski, Mt. Abe, 25:03.5; and 68. Adams, OV, 25:44.8. 

Also, 82. Abigail Johnson, Mt. Abe, 26:55.1; 90. Kendra Mallette, OV, 27:17.6; 110. Maisy Hill, Mt. Abe, 28:56.5; 137. Emmaline Heilman, Mt. Abe, 40:00.4; and 139. Shannon Oudman-Blackwood, OV, 55:05.1.

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