CVU cross country teams look to continue strong run (Sept. 18, 2008)

Sept. 18, 2008
Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

The Champlain Valley Union High cross country teams will compete in the Burlington High Invitational at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. The teams are coming off impressive performances last Saturday in the annual Essex Invitational at the Catamount Outdoor Family Center in Williston.

In what CVU coach Scott Bliss called the teams’ first test of the season, the CVU girls, five-time defending state Division I champions, captured first place while the boys came in second to Essex High.

While South Burlington High’s Caroline Weaver (19:36.73) triumphed by more than a minute in the girls’ race, CVU placed six runners in the top 11, led by Maddie Christian (third), Nora McFadden (fourth), Summer Spillane (seventh), Adrienne Devita (ninth), Danika Frisbie (10th) and Laura Jackson (11th).

In the boys event, Tony Sulva of CVU took second place, just 16 seconds behind winner Adron Pitmon (16:55.40) of Mount Mansfield Union.

The Redhawks’ John Dixon took ninth, Matt Mainer 12th and Zack Pete 14th.

In team totals, the boys trailed first place Essex, 52-36. The girls team won 33-55 over Essex, which took second.