October 28, 2016

CVU harriers divide for two meets Saturday

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent 

The Champlain Valley Union High cross-country team will have runners in two meets on Saturday—one in Manchester, N.H. to test the New England field and also at U-32 in East Montpelier.

Last Saturday, coach Scott Bliss’ defending New England champion girls scored a solid victory in the Burlington High Invitational, while the boys took fourth place.

In the 15-team girls event, Taylor Spillane came in second behind defending Vermont champion Ellie Purrier of Richford High. Purrier posted a winning time of 18 minutes and five seconds, with Spillane at18:35.

Right behind Spillane were teammates Autumn Eastman (18:48) in third and Julienne Devita (20:02) in fifth. Redhawks Emma Putre and Abby Keim took 12th and 13th.

CVU had 35 points, while runner-up Essex High had 104.

The fourth-place boys were led by sixth place finisher Nick Bouton with a time of 17:26. Jared Keyes was 13th and Chase Weaver 17th as the boys totaled 100 points to 63 for first place Essex.


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    Nate Palmer and Kari Cuneo and their families are not the only land owners who have fought this immoral taking of their land. So many folks have lost that fight for lack of time and money. It’s quite intimidating to go before the Public Service Board and their team of lawyers, to sit down at a table filled with VT Gas attorneys and not have anyone to watch your back and advise you.

    When people are up against the wall, they fight back any way they can. Peaceful protests not only express our frustration but they help bring attention to what is happening to our friends and neighbors..

    So Mr. Recchia, we are not done!

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