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Vermont State XC Championship: Hilltoppers Second, Aim For New Englands
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THETFORD -- The St. Johnsbury Academy girls cross country team entered Saturday's Vermont state meet in second place behind Champlain Valley Union. Despite Quinn Bornstein's best effort, at the end of the day, the Hilltoppers remained in second place behind the champion Redhawks, who won their 10th title in 11 years.

The Hilltoppers had three girls finish in the top 10: Bornstein captured second overall in 19 minutes and 35 seconds, Robin Vincent finished seventh in 20:28 and Riley Barter earned ninth-place with a time of 20:41.

"The girls ran very hard, today," SJA coach Chip Langmaid said. "They all made up ground at the end. It was good to see them finish strong."

North Country Union also had a good day. Anchored by three top-25 finishes, the boys team qualified to compete in the New England championship, and Avery Ellis qualified individually from the girls side.

Ellis came in 15th place out of 258 runners with a time of 21:09.9 to be one of four freshman statewide heading to the Nov. 9, meet in Manchester, N.H.

Sam Brunnette finished sixth overall in 17:09.4 to qualify for the second straight year. Teammates Alex Cotnoir and Andrew Franklin also achieved their goal of a top 25 finish with Cotnoir coming in 18th (17:40.7) and Franklin finishing 20th (17:49.1) out of a field of 264 runners.

"What sealed it for us as a team was Ross Delabruere and Alex Cope coming in side by side at about 19 minutes," said coach Chris Shafer.

Delabruere (19:01.3) and Cope (19:01.6) finished 74th and 76th respectively to earn North Country fifth place overall, just one point ahead of Mt. Mansfield.

Bornstein had a particularly strong comeback for the Hilltoppers in the final climb of the girls race to improve her finish from fourth to second. Behind Autumn Eastman (CVU), Katherine Cook (South Burlington) and Emma Farmington (Essex) heading into the final hill, Langmaid yelled to Bornstein, "Stop playing around and run!" Bornstein promptly passed Cook and Farmington to capture second place.

Vincent and Barter also had strong finishes, Langmaid noted and "Jessica Remick had her best race of the year," he said. Remick earned 22nd place, finishing in 21:34, just one second in front of SJA's Mollie Mulcahy who took 23rd.

Langmaid was also enthusiastic about Barter's run, saying, "Riley did well working her way back and had a strong last lap. She wasn't flustered and was able to run her race, which was good to see."

Allie Peck was the fourth Hilltopper to finish and won 20th place in 21:21.

"Macy [Towle] didn't get out as fast as we would have liked and got caught in the pack a little, but she ran a very strong after that," Langmaid said. Towle finished in 22 minutes and 2.7 seconds, good enough for 29th place.

"[Thetford] is hard because about two-thirds of it is uphill," Langmaid said. Eastman, however, had no problem with the course and finished in 18:47.4 and break the course record she had set barely a month ago. "No one's going to catch Autumn [Eastman]," Langmaid said.

"The goal is that we'll take the end of this race into Manchester in two weeks," Langmaid said. The Hilltopper girls have already run the Manchester course this year and most have run it in previous years, according to Langmaid.

On Sept. 28, Eastman took first place in Manchester finishing in 17:50. Also Sept. 28 and on the same course but in a different race, Bornstein earned fifth place and finished in 19:39. Langmaid intentionally put the Hilltoppers in a different race than CVU in order to scout and learn from their competition.

"They keep their course the same every year. They're very particular about everything," Langmaid said. "The girls know the course and we can run well on it. We need to take the end of this race into Manchester," Langmaid said in reference to the New England meet to be held in Manchester, N.H. on Nov. 9. "Hopefully the girls gained some confidence today with their finish."

CVU took third place in last year's New England cross-country meet in Cumberland, Maine. St. Johnsbury earned 23rd place in the same meet.

BOYS: The Hilltoppers took fifth place, led by Kyle Adams' 10th-place time of 17:36.7. Also finishing for St. J was Will Jones (18th, 18:00.1), Callum Hening (32nd, 18:31.6), Tyler Dixon (43rd, 18:57.5), Zac Smith (46th, 19:00.1), Will Kyle (53rd, 19:05.4), and PJ Wright (64th, 19:39.5).

Sports writer Brad Usatch contributed to this report.

At Thetford Academy

Division I

Girls Team Scores: 1. Champlain Valley 42; 2. St. Johnsbury 60; 3. Essex 62; 4. South Burlington 137; 5. Stratton Mountain 164; 6. Burlington 175; 7. Mount Mansfield 191; 8. Mount Anthony 225; 9. BFA-St. Albans 253; 10. Rutland 269; 11. Brattleboro 322; 12. North Country 325; 13. Colchester 329.

Boys Team Scores: 1. South Burlington 22; 2. Champlain Valley 86; 3. Mount Mansfield 121; 4. North Country 122; 5. St. Johnsbury 146; 6. Essex 147; 7. Burlington 148; 8. Mount Anthony 165; 9. Rutland 251; 10. Colchester 262; 11. Brattleboro 328; 12. BFA-St. Albans 346.

Girls Top 10: 1. Autumn Eastman, CVU 18:47.4; 2. Quinn Bornstein, SJA 19:35.1; 3. Katherine Cook, SB 19:55.6; 4. Emma Farrington, Essex 20:05; 5. Katharine Ogden, Stratton 20:15; 6. Sophia Gorman, CVU 20:16; 7. Robin Vincent, SJA 20:28.6; 8. Annemarie Martell, Essex 20:30.2; 9. Riley Barter, SJA 20:41.7; 10. Emma Putre, CVU 20:43.7.

Boys Top 10: 1. Sidi Abdoulaye, SB 16:33.8*; 2. Ben Hegman, MMU 16:42.8; 3. Patrick Hickey, SB 17:00.6; 4. Sam Brunnette, NCU 17:09.4; 5. Joey Staples, SB 17:09.7; 6. Sean MacDonald, SB 17:11.8; 7. James Gregoire, SB 17:25.7; 8. Zach Marshall, CVU 17:26.2; 9. Tyler Marshall, CVU 17:32.2; 10. Kyle Adams, SJA 17:36.7.

Division II

Boys Team Scores: 1. Harwood 20; 2. U-32 55; 3. Montpelier 74; 4. Middlebury 92; 5. Woodstock 164; 6. Burr and Burton 174; 7. Milton 234; 8. Mount Abraham 247; 9. Missisquoi 267; 10. Vergennes 292; 11. Fair Haven 300; 12. Springfield 205; 13. Lyndon 320; 14. Mill River 390.

Boys Top 10: 1. Sam Nishi, Har 16:34.8; 2. Sam Merriam, U-32 16:54.8; 3. Geoffrey Kazlow, Har 17:23.9; 4. Nathanael Kuzio, Har 17:24.6; 5. Nathaniel Kazlow, Har 17:31.8; 6. Matt Hynes, Mont 17:32.4; 7. Caleb Kessler, Har 17:52.3; 8. Isaac Mears, Mont 17:53.9; 9. John Rahill, U-32 17:54.5; 10. Max Moulton, Midd 18:07.4.

Local: 52. Colton Simoneau, Lyndon Institute, 20:52.0; 61. Aaron Leonard, Lyndon Institute, 21:28.0


Local: 35. Kylie Harris, Lyndon, 24:43.1; 42. Emily Millar, Lake Region, 25:14.3; 44. April Streeter, Lake Region, 25:18.0; 69. Katey Harris, Lyndon, 27:38.9; 84. Chantell Mathewson, Lyndon, 30:38.2; 90. Alyssa Sanville, Lyndon, 39:13.6; 92. Katherine Whipple, Lake Region, 43:44.5.

Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, November 1, 2013
Article comment by: Kelly Driscoll-Smith

Can I ask why you list D1 Girls/Boys team scores and top 10 for each division, however you only list D2 Boys teams scores and BOYS top 10....AND you list NOTHING FOR D3 GIRLS OR BOYS! How about some credit for our smaller school athletes who work just as hard as the others.

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