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Oct. 28, 2010

The Champlain Valley Union High cross country teams return to the hills of Thetford Saturday hoping to bring home state championships.

It is the Redhawks’ second appearance of the season on the course that overlooks the Connecticut River. Both the boys and girls teams took part in a regionally significant invitational run at the beginning of the month.

The girls will be running Saturday as the number one large school team in the Northern Vermont Athletic Council championships, which they captured Saturday at Swanton in a tight contest with Essex High.

CVU’s fantastic four-pack of Summer Spillane, Taylor Spillane, Adrienne Devita and Aleksey Jordick placed third, fourth, fifth and sixth behind winner Markie Palermo of Essex and runner-up Elle Purrier from Richford High.

Palermo’s winning time was 18 minutes and 32.2 seconds.

Summer Spillane’s third place time of 18:57.1 was a little more than four seconds better than cousin Taylor’s. Teammate Sophie Hess took 13th.

CVU won the team title with 27 points, while Essex, with the winner and four others in the top 10, had 35 points.

The boys took second to team winner Mount Mansfield Union. The Redhawks had 72 points to the Cougars 27.

Jack Hegman of MMU was the winner in 16:24.3.

Dan Hebert led the Redhawks with a fourth place finish. Jared Keyes was seventh and Nick Bouton 14th.

— Mal Boright, Observer correspondent

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