Triumphant CVU harriers look to Essex Invitational (9/10/09)

Sept. 10, 2009

The action Saturday will be at the Catamount Family Center in Williston, where Essex High will host the annual Essex Invitational for cross country teams. Start time is 9:30 a.m.

Champlain Valley Union High’s boys and girls teams will have an optimistic frame of mind going in, each team winning Tuesday in five-team competitions at Burlington High.

CVU’s Summer Spillane captured first place among the girls with a time of 20 minutes, 56.19 seconds. Crowing up front with Spillane were teammates Adrienne Devita (3rd) and Laura Jackson (4th). Annie Jackson took ninth.

Team scores had the CVU girls with 27 points over Essex with 45 and Burlington’s 85. South Burlington High (93) and Spaulding High finished the field.

Runner-up Zack Pete paced the CVU boys. Pete was 53 seconds behind winner Ben Lusgarten of Burlington, who had a winning time of 17:05.88.

The Redhawks’ Brice Guerriere came in seventh and John Brooks eighth as they won with 45 points to South Burlington’s 57 and Burlington’s 65. Essex was fourth with 75.

— Mal Boright, Observer correspondent