State meet on tap for CVU cross country10/23/08

Oct. 23, 2008

The Champlain Valley Union High cross country teams return to Thetford Academy this weekend for the second time in the month, this time for the state meet.

Last Saturday in Swanton, the Redhawks scored well in the Northern District competition, as the defending state champion girls captured the team title and the boys took second in their grouping.

While South Burlington High’s Caroline Weaver smashed a 5-year-old meet record by winning the large schools girls event in 18 minutes, 18.89 seconds, CVU’s well balanced team captured four of the top nine places to ease past runner-up Essex High 36 to 57 in the team rankings.

CVU was led by Nora McFadden (fourth), Summer Spillane (fifth), Adrienne Devita (sixth), Danika Frisbie (ninth) and Laura Jackson (12th).

In the large schools boys division, CVU’s Tony Sulva hustled into second place, some 11 seconds behind winner Adron Pitman (16:07.49) of Mount Mansfield Union.

Redhawks following Sulva and helping CVU claim second place were Matt Mainer (ninth), Zack Pete (12th), Justin McKenzie (13th), Jason Clairmont (15th) and John Dixon (16th).

— Mal Boright, Observer correspondent