By Mal Boright
Led by senior runner Autumn Eastman, the Champlain Valley Union High girls captured second place in the Vermont State Division 1 track and field meet Saturday at Burlington High School.
CVU, with 92 points, finished behind winner Essex, with 142, in the 13-team girls competition. The CVU boys were fifth as South Burlington High (125 points) edged past Mount Mansfield Union (122) for the title.
Eastman was an immense presence as she fashioned a trio of masterpieces, running away with the 800,1,500 and 3,000 meter races. It was a total tour-de-foot.
The Division 1 state 800 record holder and reigning state cross country champion now goes on to pick-em-up and lay-em-down in the New England Regional, along with several other Redhawks who earned the slots at the previous week’s Essex Invitational.
Some other hot footwork came from the winning 4×400 relay team of Haliana and Naomi Burhans, Leah Berger and Eliza Giles.
The day’s highest flight on the pole vault went to CVU’s Emily Geske at 9-6.
In the javelin competition, Brianna Hake defended her title with a throw of 119-4.
In the boys’ proceedings, the 4×400 relay team captured the runner-up slot, while third places were earned by Zach Marshall in the 3,000-meter run, by Russell Fox in the javelin and by the 4×800 relay runners.