Harriers geared up for championship run

Oct. 21, 2010

Just call Summer and Taylor Spillane the two-second cousins.

With Champlain Valley Union High’s cross country campaign entering the late season schedule of championship events, the two runners on the title hopeful girls teams traded team first-place finishes the last two weekends.

On Oct. 9 at Morrisville, Taylor Spillane led the girls to a team victory, edging cousin Summer by 2 seconds.

Last Friday at Underhill in a three-school meet, Summer returned the favor with a 2-second win over Taylor as the Redhawks swept to another team triumph in the girls division. The boys finished second to Mount Mansfield Union.

This Saturday the teams will be at Missisquoi Valley Union High for the Northern Vermont Athletic Council Metro Championship meet.

Coach Scott Bliss said Monday the team is in good health going into the late season competitions.

At Underhill, the girls as usual ran close together, taking the first five places and seven of the first eight.

The Spillanes were one-two in 19 minutes, 16 seconds and 19:18. Following were Adrienne Devita (19:26), Aleksey Jordick (19:49) and Julienne Devita (20:06).

Sophie Hess took seventh and Claire Trotter was eighth.

CVU’s Dan Hebert scored a victory on the boys side with a time of 16:33 to beat out Mount Mansfield’s Jack Hegman by 2 seconds.

The Redhawks’ Jared Keyes was fifth and Nick Bouton 10th.

— Mal Boright, Observer correspondent