April 25, 2017

CVU’s female harriers capture first in N.H. meet

Sept. 30, 2010

With last weekend’s visit to the flat lands of Manchester, N.H. in their rear-view mirror, the Champlain Valley Union High cross country runners return to their native Green Mountains (literally) on Saturday — the harriers have an invitational meet in the Thetford hills overlooking the Connecticut River.

The course for Saturday’s 20th annual Woods Trail Run will also be the site of the state meet in late October.

The trip to the Granite State was rewarding, as CVU’s well-balanced girls team captured first place in the elite division in the annual Manchester Invitational. Rival Essex High took sixth.

The triumph was CVU’s first in the nationally significant Manchester event since 2005. Little wonder head coach Scott Bliss told media outlets that it ranks as one of the program’s biggest victories.

The Redhawks once again ran in a pack, with Adrienne Devita taking 13th place in 20 minutes and 16 seconds. Summer Spillane was right on her heels in 14th place at 20:18 and Julienne Devita 15th at 20:20.

The girls ran so tightly together that a blanket could nearly cover them, but the blanket may need to be larger: Tayor Spillane, up from the junior varsity, finished 19th in 20:39. And right behind her was veteran Aleksey Jordick in 22nd place.

The lone Vermonter with a better time was Essex High’s Markie Palermo in 19:15, good for sixth.

CVU’s boys ran in the large school division and placed sixth, second among Vermont teams behind third place St. Johnsbury Academy.

The Redhawks’ Dan Hebert ran the course in 17:26 to finish 16th overall and fourth among the five Vermonters in the top 20.

— Mal Boright, Observer correspondent


  1. youngvt says:

    I am writing in response to Mr. Hoxworth’s article on transportation costs for the poor in Vermont. I would like to suggest further research on this topic before we simply just give another handout or tax credit. The poor, may, have a higher disproportionate burden on their transportation costs than the wealthier residents of Vermont; however, they also have a lower disproportionate burden on taxes and housing. Pick your evil.
    We can simply just give every poor Vermonter an energy efficient car, gas card, free tuition, renter’s rebate, etc.…but the only way out of poverty is through the combination of education, hard work, and discipline. Education and degrees are not handed out or purchased; a person has to EARN them. This seems to be the only way out of poverty—sorry, there are no shortcuts.
    If we continue this trend of enabling, our entire state will be a welfare state.

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