Runners vie at D-II state meet; Tiger junior sixth

THETFORD — Middlebury Union High School junior Max Moulton submitted the top performance among local runners at the state championship cross-country meets on Saturday, held at Thetford Academy.
Moulton finished the 5-kilometer course in 17:59.2, good for sixth place in Division II and 23rd place among all male runners, and good for a berth in Nov. 10’s New England meet in Cumberland, Maine.
“Max Moulton put in a gutsy run,” said MUHS coach Chas Lyons, who was also pleased with the performance of his seniors and several younger runners. 
Lyons’ Tiger teams also fared the best among the four local squads. The Tiger boys and girls each took sixth in D-II behind repeat champion Harwood, which swept the titles.
The Harwood boys romped, finishing first with 28 points to second-place Missisquoi’s 90.
The Tigers came in at 173 in finishing sixth; senior Sawyer Hescock took 20th to join Moulton in the top 20 in D-II. The Vergennes boys, led by seniors Shep Carter in 37th place and Jared Miedema in 42nd, were eighth with 232 points.
The Mount Abraham boys were 16th; sophomore Chris Carter was their top finisher in 44th. Otter Valley fielded only four runners, not enough to score as a team; they were led by senior Ryan Kelley in 38th.
The Harwood girls scored 41 to edge Woodstock (43) for the D-II crown. The MUHS (174 points) and Mount Abe (224) girls ran sixth and seventh, respectively. MUHS was led by freshman Emily Fleming in 22nd and senior Nicole Morris in 27th, while junior Natalie May (30th) and sophomore Katie Mayer (39th) paced the Eagle girls.
The lone OV girl in the race, Emma Cijka, took 77th in 27:59.5.
The local schools’ runners and their times and D-II places were:
6. Moulton, 17:59; 20. Hescock, 19:17; 34. Sam Ferguson, 19:46; 48. Matt Becker, 20:24; 69. Matt Ferguson, 21:19; 79. Addison Bolton, 21:44; 80. Nikhil Plouffe, 21:44.
37. Shep Carter, 20:07; 42. Miedema, 20:15; 45. Matteo Palmer, 20:21; 46. Jarret Lafleche, 20:21; 68. Seb Crowell, 21:18; 71. Wes Miedema, 21:72; 75. Jesse Barnes, 21:31.
44. Chris Carter, 20:20; 91. Robin Kuhns, 22:54; 96. Cullen Jemison, 23:15; 97. Nick Turner, 23:30; 105. Sam Daniels, 24:43; 107. Henry Koenig, 25:23; 108. Matt Giles, 25:23.
38. Kelley, 20:07; 50. Emmett Thurston, 20:30; 55. Jacob Scarborough, 20:38; 81. Ryan Miller, 22:06.
22. Fleming, 23:28; 27. Nicole Morris, 23:40; 41. Taylor Becker, 24:58; 45. Dannielle Morris, 25:18; 55. Mary Jensen, 25:52; 59. Lexy Doria, 26:00; 65. Casey Vanacore, 26:31.
33. May, 24:19; 39. Mayer, 24:50; 43. Genevieve Chiola, 25:03; 58. Laura Sundstrom, 25:58; 67. Sarah Sodano, 26:47; 73. Harmony Taggart, 27:23; 88. Gaylen Alexander, 32:59.
Andy Kirkaldy may be reached at [email protected]

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