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Cross country team to divide for Saturday races

Sept. 23, 2010

Champlain Valley Union High senior Daniel Hebert finishes fourth in the varsity boys cross country race at the Burlington Invitational on Saturday. Hebert clocked an official time of 17:21.12. The Redhawks finished third as a team. (Observer photo by Stephen Mease)

Fresh from solid performances the past two weekends in the Essex and Burlington Invitationals, the Champlain Valley Union High cross country team will send groups to U-32 in East Montpelier and also to an invitational event in Manchester, N.H. to test New England competition.

The top boys and girls runners are going to New Hampshire, with the junior varsity harriers heading to U-32.

On Saturday, the CVU girls laid down a marker for the state’s other competitors by winning a second team title in two weeks of highly competitive races.

The Redhawks scored a 43-57 win over second place Essex High in the 15-team Burlington event. The Hornets’ Markie Palermo followed up her victory the previous week in the Essex Invitational at the Catamount Family Center with a Queen City triumph.

Palermo posted a time of 19 minutes, 22.63 seconds to outdistance runner-up Summer Spillane of CVU by about 32 seconds.

The well-balanced Redhawks had Adrienne Devita take fourth, Julienne Devita eighth, Aleksey Jordick 11th and Sophie Hess 18th.

CVU’s boys (116 points) took third at Burlington behind winning St. Johnsbury Academy (42) and second place Essex High (73).

St. Johnsbury’s Hayden Bunnell posted a close, 2-second victory over Brendan Copley of Colchester High.

The Redhawks’ Dan Hebert took fourth and Nick Bouton cracked the top 20 in 18th place.

— Mal Boright, Observer correspondent

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