Champlain Valley Union High cross-country coach Scott Bliss has seen some solid performances in the Redhawks’ trips to the highly regarded Manchester, N.H. Invitational, but this year three members of his team gave the veteran mentor something special.
In a test of the regional competition Saturday, the defending New England champion Redhawks got elite division first and second place runs from Taylor Spillane and Autumn Eastman, while Julienne Devita took fourth.
Bliss said Spillane in only the second CVU harrier to win the event, the first being Molly Enman some seasons ago.
Spillane ran the 3.1-mile course in 18 minutes and seven seconds, which Bliss believes is the fourth fastest girls time on the course. Eastman was 16 seconds off the winning pace.
“That was one of the best one-two performances I have ever seen there,” the coach wrote via e-mail.
Devita’s fourth was in 19:25, a run Bliss labeled as “fantastic.”
The team triumph went to Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, N.Y. over CVU by virtue of a tie breaker.
South Burlington High’s Malcolm Plunkett won the elite boys competition, giving Green Mountain representatives a first-place elite sweep.
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“We are having trouble scoring,” said Champlain Valley Union High Field Hockey Coach Kate McDonald Tuesday, after the Redhawks dropped a 1-0 overtime decision to Burlington High on the CVU grass.
The defeat dropped the Redhawks to 3-3-1, with Colchester High coming to the Hawks’ nest on Friday at 4 p.m.
It was a befuddling loss as CVU generally outplayed the visiting Seahorses.
“We dominated,” said McDonald, pointing to a 10-2 advantage in penalty corners and a solid 7-2 edge in shots on goal.
The lone tally came on Burlington’s second shot on goal in the contest just 90 seconds into the overtime period.
It was the fourth blanking for CVU, which still hangs on to a 5-4 advantage over the combined opposition in scoring.
Last Wednesday, the Redhawks dropped a 1-0 decision at Mount Abraham Union, They went to Middlebury Union High on Saturday and came home with a 1-0 triumph, Molly Dunphy scoring the goal with an assist from Emily O’Brien.
— Mal Boright,