CVU’S Spillane October athlete of the month

Taylor Spillane, seen here during the state championship meet, was recently named athlete of the month. (Observer courtesy photo by Daniel Grossman)

Cross Country runner Taylor Spillane of Champlain Valley Union High returned this week from the Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, Ore. To learn she had been named the Vermont high school female athlete of the month for October by the Vermont Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association.

Spillane, the Division 1 state champion, also had a string of successes in regional competitions.

The CVU senior finished 42nd among 194 of the nation’s top high school runners at Portland.

“It was her best finish in the nationals in the three years she has been there,” said coach Scott Bliss. “She had a fantastic season.”

Bliss said race conditions were poor in rain-swept Portland and all runners were affected.

Richford’s Ellie Purrier came in 17th in 20 minutes and nine seconds.

Spillane, who trailed Purrier’s winning time in the regional race two weeks ago at Wappingers’ Falls, N.Y. by just six seconds, was some 28 seconds behind Purrier in Oregon but with 25 other runners between the two Vermonters.

Mal Boright,
Observer correspondent