EAST MONTPELIER — They did more than shine on their home course, as the U-32 Raiders dominated the boys cross country meet at Saturday’s U-32 Invitational. They outscored runner up St. Johnsbury 22-59, with third-place Middlebury 100 points behind SJA.
“U-32 was untouchable,” St. J Hilltoppers coach Chip Langmaid said. “It was their best race this year – maybe their best ever.” Indeed, seven of the top 11 finishers raided the finish line for the Raiders, led by Andrew Crompton’s winning time of 16:28.10. Hilltoppers freshman Evan Thornton-Sherman turned in a third-place time of 16:53.20. “Evan got out well and made a little run at Crompton,” Langmaid said. “Then about halfway through, Crompton gained some separation.”
Thornton-Sherman was joined by teammate MacKay Breton (17:54.20) in the top 10. “MacKay breaking 18 minutes is a big breakthough,” Langmaid noted.
Only powerhouse Champlain Valley outscored the Raiders in the girls race, with the Hilltoppers in third place led by senior Rebecca Green’s sixth-place time of 21:01.94. Erika Thaler of Lake Region finished a strong eighth place, while St. J’s Merrick Hemond returned to post a top-10 time of 21:16.53.
“It was a good day all around, we had some PRs and season bests,” Langmaid said, adding that the Hilltoppers will warm up for Saturday’s annual multi-state Woods Trail Run at Thetford Academy, with a Tuesday home meet. “I expect most of the league teams to be there,” Langmaid said.
Boys Top 10: 1. Andrew Crompton, U-32, 16:28.10; 2. Waylon Kurts, U-32, 16:35.36; 3. Evan Thornton-Sherman, SJA, 16:53.20; 4. Riley Shepherd, Woodstock, 17:03.14; 5. Trevor Patterson, U-32, 17:26.67; 6. Jed Kurts, U-32, 17:36.59; 7. Issac Kaplan, Randolph, 17:39.51; 8. Leo Cioffi, U-32, 17:45.88; 9. Patrick Cioffi, U-32, 17:53.72; 10. MacKay Breton, SJA, 17:54.20. Local: 12. Ethan Eames, SJA, 18:07.84; 16. Mason Castle, SJA, 18:20.90; 18. Gage Hale, SJA, 18:23.81; 19. Nathaniel Atkins, 18:26.36; 22. Cole Alexander, LRU, 18:36.66; 24. James Cilwik, NCU, 18:38.13; 28. Dominik Gray, SJA, 18:55.10; 35. Holden Middleton, LI, 19:11.17; 36. Wayne Alexander, LRU, 19:12.11.
Girls Top 10: 1. Anna Kaigle, Milton, 20:10.49; 2. Emily Bloom, Rice, 20:23.42; 3. Lana Page, U-32, 20:39.39; 4. Sidney Pilot, Woodstock, 20:43.90; 5. Sierra Fisher, SB, 20:57.92; 6. Rebecca Green, SJA, 21:01.94; 7. Victoria Bassette, Woodstock, 21:13.54; 8. Erika Thaler, LRU, 21:14.23; 9. Shams Ferver, U-32, 21:15.98; 10. Merrick Hemond, SJA, 21:16.53. Local: 18. Claire Ellis, NCU, 21:59.12; 28. Molly Brennan, SJA, 22:20.35; 30. Jasmin Baillargeon, LI, 22:27.13; 34. Aine Fannon, SJA, 22:37.67; 38. Morgan Pettee, SJA, 22:54.95; 43. Rory Young, SJA, 23:03.92; 44. Peyton Gilson, NCU, 23:07.19; 45. Kaitlyn Verge, LRU, 23:08.16; 46. Charlotte Flanders, SJA, 23:10.09.
Boys Team Scores: U-32 22, SJA 59, Middlebury 159, Colch 200, Vergennes 213, Spaulding 218, BFA-St. Albans 226, Woodstock 227, Randolph 251, Rutland 278, LRU 291, Milton 311, Rice 368, LI 370, Oxbow 379, Montpelier 385, BFA-Fairfax 393, Mt. Abe 458, MVU 463, Richford 605.
Girls Team Scores: CVU 61, U-32 76, SJA 89, Colch 116, Middlebury 125, BFA-St. Albans 129, SB 152, Milton 225, LRU 243, Montpelier 265, Rutland 285
WMR PLACES TWO: In Berlin in their second race in three days, White Mountains Regional had top-10 runners in both races. Leah Dutkewych was runner-up in a time of 21 minutes four seconds, while in the boys race, Jon Austin (20:31) was 10th. “Everyone made a fine and classy effort, especially taking into account this was the teams’ second race in three days,” Spartans coach Jason Lantz said. “Tamea Ronish is a welcomed addition to the team running 28:30 for her first race of the season.”
Next for WMR is Friday’s Belmont Invitational.
LYNDON 4 MILTON 0: In Lyndon Center, second-half goals by sophomore Sadie Bora helped Lyndon Institute to a 6-2 record.
The Vikings led 2-0 at the half, with the playmaking of senior Amber Grady a key reason. Shje assisted on both goals, which were scored by junior co-captain Haley Ott at 19:23, and classmate Olivia Matteis at the 7:14 mark. Senior Katelyn Burgess and Matteis assisted on the first-half scores. “It was a good game for other players to score,” Vikings coach Roxanne Courser said after her team dropped Milton to an 0-7 record. “We played well on defense.” Indeed, sophomore goalie Olivia Hudson needed to make just two saves, to 11 for Milton’s Aly Sheehan.
Currently in a second-place tie with Windsor, the Vikings next take the field on Wednesday for a 3:45 contest in Duxbury with Harwood (1-6-1).
BURLINGTON 3, SJA 2: In St. Johnsbury, the visiting Seahorses scored with five seconds left in the first half, leading to a scoreless second half and Burlington’s sixth win of the season. The Hilltoppers went to 4-4 after winning their first four games of the season.
Helen Worden had a goal and assist to give BHS a 2-0 lead 12 minutes in. “Then the Hilltoppers woke up and started to battle,” SJA coach Jeff Burroughs said. “In the 32nd minute, Josie Choiniere hit a bomb from 30 yards out beating the BHS keeper. Three minutes later Choiniere played Lia Rotti in with a ball over the top, and Rotti was taken down in the penalty area.” Rotti converted the penalty kick and the teams were tied.
The Hilltoppers had many good chances in the second half but couldn’t find the equalizer, coach Burroughs added.
Sophomore Keeper MaKenzie Grant finished with eight saves. SJA looks to get back on the winning track with a Tuesday 4 p.m. home game with another .500 team, Essex (3-3-1).
ENOSBURG 3, HAZEN 1: In Enosburg, the host Hornets pulled into a tie in D-III with Hazen, with the outcome leaving both teams with a 5-4 record. It reversed a 2-0 Hazen victory earlier this season.
It was 1-0 at half after Gabby Caforia’s goal six minutes in. Goals by Michaela Chase and Lacie Reed made it 3-0, making it too late for Hazen’s goal by Harley Papineau with four minutes left to turn things around.
“Enosburg came out strong and never really let up the whole game. We got a couple decent counterattacks in through Lizzie Brown, but Dash came up big. Brown had a great opportunity through a direct kick outside the box half way through the first half, but Dash made a great dive to her left to keep the ball out. That pretty much set the tone for the rest of the match. So close, but couldn’t finish.”
The Cats hope to reverse their own outcome in their next game Tuesday at home with BFA-Fairfax. BFA won an earlier 3-2 decision over Hazen Union.