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Runners compete at Mt. Abe, Harwood

SOUTH DUXBURY — Middlebury Union High School girls’ and boys’ cross-country teams ran well at the Harwood Invitational on this past Saturday and at Mount Abraham on Oct. 8, with Vergennes nipping at the Tiger boys’ heels in both events. Eagle runners posted several good individual efforts.
The Tiger girls were second to host Harwood on Saturday and topped the Eagles on Oct. 8. The Tiger boys were in third on Saturday, two points behind Harwood and Spaulding, who tied for first, with the win going to Harwood on a tiebreaker. 
The Commodore boys were just seven points behind the winning Tigers at Mount Abe, and VUHS senior Ben Huston won the race. VUHS was fourth at Harwood, and Huston was second behind winner James Cilwik of North Country. 
The Tiger, Commodore and Eagle boys and the Tiger and Eagle girls will compete at Missisquoi this Saturday in the Small School Division at the Northern Vermont Athletic Conference championship meet. The state championship meet follows a week later in Thetford.

HARWOOD MEET
The girls’ scores at Harwood on Saturday were: 1. Harwood, 23; 2. MUHS, 60; 3. Lamoille, 70; 4. Montpelier, 112; 5. Rice, 130; 6. Mt. Abe, 167; 7. North Country, 178. 
Ava Thurston of host Harwood breezed to big win on the girls’ side in 19:40. She was the only runner to break 20 minutes. 
Tiger sophomore Seina Dowgiewicz led all local runners by finishing eighth, and teammate Ella Landis was ninth. Eagle Abigail Johnson led her team with a 21st-place effort. 
The Tiger girls’ results were: 8. Dowgiewicz, 22:25.2; 9. Landis, 22:46.3; 12. Sofia Stefani, 23:08.5; 15. Maddy Stowe, 24:07.1.          
The Eagle girls’ results were: 21. Abigail Johnson, 24:54.4; 22. Ari Graham-Gurland, 25:06.8; 44. Ruby Jean Hall, 28:17.0; 51. Maisy Hill, 29:15.9; 72. Emmaline Heilman, 42:31.6.        
The boys’ team scores at Harwood were: 1. Harwood, 62; 2. Spaulding, 62; 3. MUHS, 64; 4. VUHS, 86; 5. North Country, 146; 6. Montpelier, 177; 7. Mt. Abe, 181; 8. Lamoille, 188; 9. Rice, 196.
Jack Christner led the Tigers by taking third right behind Huston. Noah Engvall finished 18th and was the top Eagle runner. Gabe Praamsma also cracked the top 10 for VUHS.
The Tiger boys’ results were: 3. Christner, 17:42.6; 12. Lucas Palcsik, 18:59.1; 16. Baxter Harrington, 19:28.3; 17. Thomas Nevins, 19:32.3; 19. Elvis McIntosh, 19:43.           
The VUHS boys’ results were: 2. Huston, 17:21.4; 8. Praamsma, 18:19.1; 14. Xander DeBlois, 19:17.8; 29. Tyler Bergmans, 20:42.6; 42. Jarret Muzzy, 21:46.2.          
The Eagle boys’ results were: 18. Engvall, 19:39.2; 40. Gus Hill, 21:32.0; 44. George Collette, 21:48.2; 66. Sean Davison, 23:07; 69. Norman Benoit, 23:18.9.           

MOUNT ABE MEET
At Mount Abe on Oct. 8, the Tiger boys edged the Commodores, 30-37, with the Eagles in third at 58. The Tiger girls coasted past the Eagles, 18-54.
Huston took the boys’ win in 17:07, with Praamsma and Christner on his heels in second and third, respectively. Engvall led the Eagles in fifth.
Landis won on the girls’ side in 22:14, with her teammate Stefani in second and the Eagles’ Johnson in third. 
The Tiger boys’ scorers were: 3. Christner, 18:14; 4. Palcsik, 18:54; 6. McIntosh, 19:35; 7. Harrington, 47; 10. Ethan Foster, 20:39.     
The VUHS boys’ scorers were: 1. Huston, 17:07; 2. Praamsma, 17:53; 8. DeBlois, 19:48; 9. Bergmans, 20:02; 17. Muzzy, 21:55.         
The Eagle boys’ scorers were: 5. Engvall, 19:17; 11. Sean Davison, 20:59; 14. Hill, 21:24; 15. Collette, 21:44; 20. Benoit, 22:51.         
The Tiger girls’ scorers were: 1. Landis, 22:14; 2. Stefani, 22:57; 4. Astrid Olsen, 25:21; 5. Mary Conklin, 25:59; 6. Nora Wootten, 27:27.      
The Eagle girls’ scorers were: 3. Johnson, 23:36; 8. Hill, 28:22; 12. Angelita Pena, 30:30; 15. Heilman, 41:33; 16. Aurora Husk, 42:33.            

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