With junior Autumn Eastman leading the way, the Champlain Valley Union High girls track and field combine took second place to Essex High in Saturday’s Division 1 Vermont State meet at Burlington High School.
Eastman shattered the meet record in winning the 800-meter run, helped break another mark in the 4 x 800 relay and also captured the 1,500-meter test in a busy but rewarding day of picking up feet and laying them down.
The CVU runner was top-seeded in the 800 and her time of two minutes and 13.06 seconds was some three seconds under her seed time.
Other members of last fall’s champion cross country team were prominent in the distance events, as senior Taylor Spillane took second in the 1,500 and third in the 3,000-meter run. Senior Julienne Devita came in third in the 800 and joined Spillane, Eastman and Rachel Slimovitch in the record-setting relay.
Other winners included:
Junior Haliana Burhans in the 200-meter dash after a second place in the 100.
Emily Geske with a 9-6 pole vault.
Brianna Hake in the javelin.
The boys’ team captured the 4 x 800 relay thanks to the work of Jared Keyes, Sean Delaney, Sam Logenbach and Zach Marshall.
Brian Boisjoli was third in the pole vault.
The girls were second to Essex High in the team standings. The champion Hornets had 156.5 points to CVU’s 126.5 in the 13-team event. The boys were eighth behind winning Essex.