Cross-country runners compete in Essex

MUHS SENIOR NAT MCVEIGH was the top Tiger finisher in Saturday's Essex Invitational, coming in 28th overall in a cross-country race that featured a dozen-and-a-half boys' scoring teams, many of them from D-I schools. The D-II Tiger boys finished eighth. Photo by Joe McVeigh

ESSEX — Middlebury Union High School runners posted a number of top-30 finishes at Saturday’s Essex Invitational cross-country meet, at which athletes from Mount Abraham and Vergennes also posted respectable results.

In a field including many Division I schools and more than 500 runners, the top Tiger girls’ athletes finished in a bunch, with Ella Landis, Seina Dowgiewicz and Beth McIntosh finishing 21st, 22nd and 23rd, respectively. MUHS was seventh in a field that included 11 scoring teams. Abigail Johnson led a non-scoring Eagle group by finishing 57th.

Nat McVeigh led the MUHS boys’ team by taking 28th. The Tigers were eighth in a field that included 17 scoring teams.

Noah Engvall led the 16th-place Eagle boys by finishing 73rd, and Grey Fearon paced the non-scoring Vergennes contingent in 89th.

St. Albans (61) won the boys’ race, followed by U-32 (84) and Champlain Valley (102). The Tigers scored 228, and Mount Abe recorded 424 points.

Burlington (48) prevailed in the girls’ race, followed by Harwood (54) and Essex (110). The Tigers were seventh at 145.

Both races covered 5 kilometers.


The boys’ race winner and the local finishers were:

1. Matthew Servin, CVU, 16:09.2; 28. Nat McVeigh, MUHS, 18:01.0; 39. Baxter Harrington, MUHS, 18:19.9; 53. Ben Munkres, MUHS, 19:02.6; 61. Haaken Olsen, MUHS, 19:18.2; 73. Noah Engvall, Mt. Abe, 20:05.5; 81. Aidan Chance, MUHS, 20:24.8; 83. Sean Davison, Mt. Abe, 20:37.8; and 86. Matthew Berg, MUHS, 20:41.7.

Also, 89. Grey Fearon, VUHS, 20:51.8; 90. Abel Atocha, Mt. Abe, 20:56.1; 91. Calder Rakowski, VUHS, 20:57.2; 96. Calvin Gramling, VUHS, 21:09.3; 99. Norman Benoit, Mt. Abe, 21:33.2; 100. Christopher Therrien, VUHS, 21:50.2; 107. Hugh Ball, Mt. Abe, 22:19.2; 116. William Iliff, Mt. Abe, 24:04.1; and 121. Joseph Darling, Mt. Abe, 25:50.5.


The winner and the girls’ finishers from local schools were:

1. Loghan Hughes, St. Albans, 18:54.1; 21. Ella Landis, MUHS, 21:27.2; 22. Seina Dowgiewicz, MUHS, 21:28.4; 23. Beth McIntosh, MUHS, 21:31.5; 39. Ava Schneider, MUHS, 22:13.6; 57. Abigail Johnson, Mt. Abe, 23:26.9; and 71. Kayla Friend, Mt. Abe, 24:36.1.

Also, 75. Ari Graham-Gurland, MUHS, 25:42.4; 80. Isabella Shea, Mt. Abe, 26:23.4; 82. Astrid Olsen, MUHS, 26:25.5; 84. Mary Conklin, MUHS, 26:47.0; and 96. Ruby Jean Hall, Mt. Abe, 29:36.2.

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