Oct. 16, 2008
After a solid day at the Middlebury Invitational last Saturday, the Champlain Valley Union High cross country teams will compete for the Northern District crowns Saturday at Missisquoi Valley Union High in Swanton. Start time is 1:30 p.m.
The defending state champion girls team, once again showing depth and balance, captured the team title in Middlebury with a low of 25 points. Second place Essex High finished with 47 points.
CVU’s Maddie Christian placed second to winner Emily Anderson of Middlebury, trailing by a tad more than 12 seconds.
Behind Christian came the usual crowd of red and white runners, led by Summer Spillane (third), Adrienne Devita (fifth), Nora McFadden (sixth) and Danika Frisbie (ninth).
The top individual performance of the day belonged to boys team leader Tony Sulva, who ran to victory in just under 21 seconds over runner-up Justin Bouffard of Essex. The boys finished second overall to Essex, with John Dixon taking seventh, Justin McKenzie eighth and Zack Pate ninth.
In a look to the future, the girls jayvees won their division while the junior varsity boys were second to Essex.
— Mal Boright, Observer correspondent