CVU cross country teams head to N.H. 9/25/08

Sept. 25, 2008

After another girls’ victory and boys’ high finish in the Burlington High Invitational on Saturday, coach Scott Bliss is taking his Champlain Valley Union High cross country teams into New England competition this weekend.

The runners will set foot in the Manchester, N.H. Invitational on Saturday at 9 a.m.

Once again, it was a closely balanced effort that earned a solid team victory for the girls at Burlington. CVU came in with 43 points, followed by St. Johnsbury Academy with 80 and Essex High with 116. Some 15 teams were in the running.

While South Burlington High’s Carolyn Weaver was once again the first across the finish line, CVU’s parade of togetherness began with Maddie Christian (fifth), Nora McFadden (seventh), Danika Frisbie (eighth), Summer Spillane (11th) and Adrienne DeVita (13th). Less than a minute separated the five runners.

Tony Sulva of the boys team had the Redhawks’ top individual performance, a nifty second place finish to winner Charlie Kline of Essex. Sulva was eight seconds back of Kline’s winning time of 17:02.63.

John Dixon took the 13th spot and Zack Pate finished 19th.

Overall, the boys captured third place behind winning Essex and second place Harwood Union High.

— Mal Boright, Observer correspondent