Tiger boys cross country among top small-school NVAC teams

SWANTON — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ cross-country team on this past Saturday won the NVAC small-school championship, placing three runners in the top 10 to score 42 points and easily outpace second-place Rice (71) at an event hosted by Missisquoi.
On a day that was the final tune-up for this Saturday’s state meet at Thetford, junior David Dregallo led the Tiger contingent by taking third in 17:12.7 over the 5K course. Senior teammate Ryan Biette was sixth, and Tiger freshman Willem Landis took eighth.
Christopher Garner (12th) and Haven Tate (13th), both juniors, rounded out the Tiger scorers in a race won by Will LaCroix of Rice in 16:38.
The Mount Abraham boys were sixth, with senior Chris Carter taking 14th in 18:19.1. Vergennes fielded only four runners and did not score as a team. Commodore senior Wesley Miedema led VUHS in 29th (19:22.7)
The three local girls teams ran 2-3-4 behind winner BFA-Fairfax, which posted a score of 33, with Bullet Chace Carpenter winning in 20:23.5.
The Tiger girls edged Mount Abe for second (73-76), with VUHS in fourth (129).
Commodore senior Paige Stolen (seventh in 21:52.2 for 5K) led the local girls across the line, followed by Tiger Freshman Katherine Koehler (eighth in 21:56.9) and Eagle sophomore Delaynah Leavitt (10th in 22:32.3) also in the top 10.
The local teams are expected to face tougher competition on Saturday from teams like Harwood, U-32 and Woodstock, but Coach Aaron de Toledo said in an email the Tigers might be peaking at the right time: In the rain on Saturday, nine out of 10 of his scorers on the two Tiger teams substantially improved their personal bests, and the 10th, Danielle Morris, was running despite an injury.
“The results speak for themselves,” de Toledo said. “To be fair, Missisquoi is the flattest and fastest course we will see all season, but the weather and course conditions weren’t great.”
De Toledo noted the boys were fourth overall (when adding in the large schools), defeating two Division I schools (Burlington and St. Johnsbury), while the Tiger girls improved from seventh a year ago.
“I am very pleased with the efforts from both the boys and girls and I am excited to carry that momentum forward to the championships,” he wrote.
The varsity finishers for each team and the places and times were:
MUHS BOYS: 3. David Dregallo, 17:12.7; 6. Ryan Biette, 17:37.7; 8. Willem Landis, 17:44.7; 12. Christopher Garner, 18:15.8; 13. Haven Tate, 18:16.1; 16. Henry Ganey, 18:24.1; 17. Matt Ferguson, 18:40.7.
MUHS GIRLS: 8. Katherine Koehler, 21:56.9; 15. Emily Fleming, 22:58.1; 16. Indigo Woods, 22:58.8; 22. Sophie Marks, 23:26.1; 23. Danielle Morris, 23:31.8; 24. Allison Cherrier, 23:44.8; 29. Maria Wiles, 24:03.6.
MT. ABE BOYS: 14. Chris Carter, 18:19.1; 38. Lyn Ackert-Smith, 19:45.9; 42. Andrew Raymond, 20:06.5; 46. Jude Bunch, 20:10.4; 55. Connor Norland, 20:32.8; 64. Peter Foley, 21:01.7; 72. Jackson Radler, 21:33.2.
MT. ABE GIRLS: 10. Delaynah Leavitt, 22:32.3; 11. Emma Radler, 22:37.7; 19. Ally Hoff, 23:13.5; 21. Laura Sundstrom, 23:20.6; 26. Genevieve Chiola, 23:47.8; 36. Harmony Taggart, 25:21.3; 48. Sarah Sodaro, 27:16.2.
VUHS GIRLS: 6. Paige Stolen, 21:51.2;25. Sadie Kass, 23:45.5;27. Sophia Parker, 24:00.8;44. Alyse Beauchemin, 26:34.9;46. April Ambrose, 26:44.0.
VUHS BOYS: 29. Wesley Miedema, 19:22.7; 39. Xavier Provencher, 20:00.6; 49. Silas Mullin, 20:16.0; 51. Quinn D’Andrea, 20:23.8.

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