October 31, 2013
With a Vermont Division 1 victory and runner-up slot bagged last Saturday at Thetford, next up for the Champlain Valley Union High cross country teams will be the Nov. 9 New England regionals at Manchester, N.H.
In capturing their 10th state crown in the last 11 seasons, the CVU girls were once against led by senior Autumn Eastman, who blistered the opposition with a time of 18 minutes and 47.4 seconds, some 15 seconds off her own course record set in early October.
“It was a good day for pretty much the entire team,” said CVU coach Scott Bliss.
The girls had 42 team points to 60 for second place St. Johnsbury Academy in the 13-team competition.
Other top CVU finishers included Sophia Gorman (sixth), Emma Putre (10th), Carly Need (12th) and Hayley Harder (13th).
The CVU boys were second to a dominating South Burlington team. The Rebels usual frontrunner Sidi Abdoulaye won and six other South Burlington runners stormed into the top 15.
The Redhawks, second with 86 points to the Rebels’ 22, were led by Zach and Tyler Marshall in eighth and ninth places.
Bliss said Will Kay, third among the Redhawks, “was huge.”
Leah Berger won the girls junior varsity event while the boys jayvees had four runners in the top 10.
Eastman athlete of the month
Champlain Valley Union High cross country star Autumn Eastman has been named September female Athlete of the Month by the Vermont Sports Media Association. Eastman was undefeated in September and ran the Manchester, N.H. course in its third fastest time ever in winning a regional competition there. College Athlete of the Month went to University of Vermont soccer goalie Conor Leland, formerly of Mount Mansfield Union High. Boys Athlete of Month is South Burlington High football running back Tanner Contois. Other girls nominees included CVU’s field hockey goalie Evangeline Dunphy and soccer netminder Maddie Turneau.