By Mal Boright
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.