By Mal Boright
With tasty results from near-to-home cooking last Saturday, the Champlain Valley Union High cross country teams will be hitting the big slab of I-89 (and I-93) this Saturday for a regional invitational competition in Manchester, N.H
The Redhawks made their first Vermont appearance in two weeks a good one at Hard’ack last weekend, as the girls won their division while the boys finished a close second to victorious Essex High.
The Redhawks’ Sophia Gorman sped to a 15-second win over runner-up Emma Farrington of the Hornets. Gorman posted a time of 19 minutes and 54.9 seconds.
“It was Sophia’s first win this year over Emma,” said coach Scott Bliss.
CVU had just six girls running, and four made it into the top six finishers.
Behind Gorman were Carly Neeld (third), Meara Heininger (fourth) and Jennifer Ireland (sixth).
The boys team total of 39 points was just eight behind winning Essex, led by triumphant Andry Chmykld in 16:58.4.
CVU’s Tyler Marshall was second in 17:11.5, followed by teammates Calvin McClellan (sixth), Elliott Eastman (eighth) and Tyler Wong (tenth).
Bliss said the boys kept improving. “It was another step forward,” he added.
“That is our goal,” the coach concluded. “To keep trying to get better each week to be prepared for the end of the season.”