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CVU runners to compete in Morrisville

Oct. 7, 2010

The schedule shows an open day Saturday for the Champlain Valley Union High cross country team, but the harriers will be running as usual this weekend in an invitational race at Peoples Academy in Morrisville.

“We didn’t want an open date,” CVU cross country coach Scott Bliss said Monday. “Adding this event helps keep us in our routine.”

And routine for the girls team has become weekend victories against some of the best competition in the northeast region of the country.

Last Saturday, the girls, once again running in a pack, scored a team victory in the annual Woods Trail Run in Thetford, site of the annual state meet at the end of the month. There were well over 800 runners in the girls division.

Taylor Spillane led the CVU girls with a ninth place finish in 20 minutes, 33 seconds, the first time this season she has set the pace for her teammates.

“The course really suits her,” Bliss said of Saturday’s team leader.

Right behind her was sister Summer Spillane in 12th place, followed by Aleksey Jordick (15th), Adrienne Devita (17th) and Julienne Devita (20th). There were just 47 seconds between the top five CVU finishers.

The team had 73 points to easily eclipse a strong Glastonbury, Conn. team in second place with 168 points.

“This was another big win for us,” Bliss concluded.

Top Vermont girls runner was Essex High’s Markie Palermo in fourth place with a time of 20:03.

CVU’s boys finished 19th overall and fifth among Vermont teams. Dan Hebert in 77th place was the top Redhawk among the more than 900 runners.

— Mal Boright, Observer correspondent