Cross country runners achieve personal bests

SENIOR ELLA LANDIS was the top Tiger female runner at Saturday’s Burlington Invitational, held at the Catamount Family Outdoor Center in Williston. She ran a personal best. Photo courtesy of Joe McVeigh

WILLISTON — Two Middlebury Union High School cross-country runners cracked the top 20 at another major meet this past weekend, the Burlington Invitational, held at the Catamount Family Outdoor Center in Williston.

Senior Ella Landis finished 14th to pace the Tiger girls, and senior Nat McVeigh came in 17th to lead the Tiger boys, both in personal record times.

The Division II Tiger boys finished fifth among nine schools of mostly D-I competition, while the Tiger girls were seventh out of 10 schools that fielded full squads of five scoring runners.

Two Vergennes runners competed. Calder Rakowski was 50th in the boys’ race in 20:32, and Torrey Hanna came in 63rd in the girls’ event in 31:26.3. Mount Abraham runners were idle this past weekend.

BFA-St. Albans won the boys’ race, and Bobwhite Jacob Tremblay came in first in 16:00.9.

The Tiger boys’ scorers and their times were: 17. McVeigh, 17:32.1; 26. Baxter Harrington, 18:06; 28. Ben Munkres, 18:17.6; 36. Baker Nelson, 19:07.9; and Aiden Chance, 19:26.73.

Harwood cruised to a win in the girls’ race with Highlander standout Ava Thurston taking first in 18:24.9.

The Tiger girls’ scorers and their times were: 14. Landis, 20:58.9; 26. Beth McIntosh, 21:37.1; 30. Seina Dowegiewicz, 21:48.8; 33. Ava Schneider, 22:31.7; and 46. Fairley Olson, 25:10.6.

The Tigers and Commodores will visit Mount Abraham on Tuesday, and all the local teams will attend the Thetford Invitational on Oct. 2.

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