August 29, 2014

Strong finishes at New Englands for cross-country

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Taylor Spillane, seen here at the Vermont State Championships finish line. (Courtesy photo by Dan Grossman)

The Champlain Valley Union High School cross-country teams put in strong performances at the New England Championships last weekend, as the season draws to a close.

Both teams will head to the Nike Cross Northeast meet in two weeks.

The CVU girls cross-country team finished third, and was the top Vermont team. The boys came in thirteenth, the second Vermont high school.

CVU’s top harrier Taylor Spillane took the number two spot, completing the challenging 3.1-mile course in 19:03.11. She finished behind Elle Purrier of Richford High School. Autumn Eastman finished at number eight with a time of 19:22.68.

“Taylor Spillane finishing 2nd was the best result of any girl I have ever coached and Autumn Eastman finishing 8th was great,” Coach Scott Bliss wrote in an email to the Observer. “To have two girls in the top 10 was pretty awesome.”

Julienne Devita was 88th with 20:58.82; Abby Keim 96th with 21:04.14; Aleksey Jordick 108th with 21:13.22; Carly Neeld 158th with 21:44.82; and Emma Putre 191st with 22:17.5.

Autumn Eastman

Barrington High School in Rhode Island took the top spot, followed by Coe-Brown of New Hampshire.

The boys’ finish at number 13 was “the best result in a number of years,” Bliss wrote.

CVU’s top finisher on the boys side was Nick Bouton, who finished 98th with a time of 17:52.54. Jared Keyes was 114th with 17:59.61; Zach Marshall 121st with 18:02.6; Clarke Shedd 127th with 18:05.04; Sean Delaney 131st with 18:08.13; Will Kay 158th with 18:22.1; and Chase Weaver 166th with 18:25.42.

Nick Bouton

The New England meet came two weeks after the CVU girls team won the Vermont Division 1 State Championships in Thetford and the boys were runners-up.

“We have had a great season and most of the team goals were met,” Bliss wrote. “The girls winning the state championship and the boys finishing 2nd at States and making New Englands was exactly what we wanted to do.”

Though several seniors, including Spillane, will graduate this year, Bliss said he hopes to keep building on this year’s success.

“We have a number of talented freshmen coming to CVU on both the boys and girls side,” he wrote. “We are hoping that they will come in to our program and start to contribute and help right away. I’m definitely excited for next year and the possibility the freshman and our returning JV runners helping to keep the program on a successful path.”

—Stephanie Choate,
Observer staff

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