Tiger teams, North Branch runner excel at Mount Abe meet

ESTELLA LAIRD, A ninth-grader at Ripton’s North Branch School who trains with the Mount Abraham cross-country team, cruised to a 99-second win in the girls’ race on Tuesday at a meet the Eagles hosted. Independent photo/Steve James

BRISTOL — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ and girls’ cross-country teams breezed to wins at a Tuesday meet hosted by Mount Abraham on a cool early-fall afternoon.

North Branch ninth-grader Estella Laird, an independent runner who trains with the Eagles, claimed a 99-second win in the girls’ race, and Eagle Coach Eva Friend was also happy to see her boys’ team edge Spaulding for second place in the boys’ run.

Ella Landis led the Tiger girls by finishing second behind Laird, with Beth McIntosh in third. Baxter Harrington and Haaken Olsen ran 2-3 behind boys’ winner John Viens of Richford.

Noah Engvall paced the Eagle boys by taking fifth, and Abigail Johnson led the non-scoring Eagle girls by finishing eighth.

EAGLE SENIOR NOAH Engvall bursts into the sunlight after leaving the woods during the boys’ cross-country race at Mount Abe on Tuesday. His fifth-place finish helped boost the host Eagles into second place. Independent photo/Steve James

Calder Rakowski led a non-scoring group of Vergennes boys by taking 17th. The only Commodore female runner, Torrey Hanna, was 33rd.

MUHS won the boys’ meet with 28 points, followed by the Eagles (66), Spaulding (76), Richford (114), Rice (115) and Missisquoi (134).

The Tiger girls scored 17 to win, followed by Spaulding (55) and Rice (64).

Next up for the three county teams, and Otter Valley, is Saturday’s major Thetford Invitational, which typically draws runners from around New England.

The winner and local runners in Tuesday’s 5-kilometer boys’ race at Mount Abe were:

1. John Viens, Richford, 17:55; 2. Baxter Harrington, MUHS, 18:25; 3. Haaken Olsen, MUHS, 18:39; 5. Noah Engvall, Mt. Abe, 19:21; 6. Baker Nelson, MUHS, 19:28; 8. Aidan Chance, MUHS, 20:04; 9. Matthew Berg, MUHS, 20:08; 11. Ethan Spritzer, MUHS, 20:13; 13. Gus Hill, Mt. Abe, 20:33.39; and 14. Callan Boulanger, MUHS, 20:33.98.

Also, 15. Abel Atocha, Mt. Abe, 20:37; 16. Sean Davison, Mt. Abe, 20:52; 17. Calder Rakowski, VUHS, 21:10; 18. Hugh Ball, Mt. Abe, 21:11; 19. Aaron Carr-Perlow, MUHS, 21:13; 20. Calvin Gramling, VUHS, 21:14; 22. Norman Benoit, Mt. Abe, 21:32; 23. Christopher Therrien, VUHS, 21:52; and 24. Morgan Barnes, Mt. Abe, 21:56.

EAGLE RUNNER HUGH Ball is dappled with sunshine as he emerges from the woods during the boys’ varsity cross-country race in Bristol on Tuesday. Ball finished 18th to help the Eagle boys take second place. Independent photo/Steve James

Also, 25. Avery Hamilton, MUHS, 21:57; 26. Riley Gagnon, VUHS, 21:59; 29. William Iliff, Mt. Abe, 22:33; 34. Joseph Darling, Mt. Abe, 23:04; 39. Ryan Cross, Mt. Abe, 24:10; 40. Finn O’Neil, MUHS, 24:11.24; 41. Henry Weston, MUHS, 24:11.65; 42. Asa Baker-Rouse, MUHS, 24:16; and 44. Evan Roy, Mt. Abe, 25:02.

Also, 45. Owen Reynolds, Mt. Abe, 25:02; 46. Keil Broderson, MUHS, 25:03; 47. Dustin Lavigne, Mt. Abe, 25:23; 50. Nolan Valkyrie, Mt. Abe, 25:47; 53. Lucas Flinner, MUHS, 26:39; 54. Lewis Suchomel, MUHS, 26:58; 59. Tristan Pudvah, Mt. Abe, 29:10; 61. Gabe Schmitt, MUHS, 29:21; and 64. Ty Duell, Mt. Abe, 35:31.

The winner and local runners in Tuesday’s 5-kilometer girls’ race at Mount Abe were:

1. Estella Laird, North Branch 19:49; 2. Ella Landis, MUHS, 21:28; 3. Beth McIntosh, MUHS, 21:30; 4. Seina Dowgiewicz, MUHS, 21:51; 5. Ava Schneider, MUHS, 21:58; 8. Abigail Johnson, Mt. Abe, 22:52; 10. Fairley Olson, MUHS, 24:19; 11. Kayla Friend, Mt. Abe, 24:54; 13. Maisy Hill, Mt. Abe, 26:08.2; and 14. Ari Graham-Gurland, MUHS, 26:08.59.

TIGER RUNNER ASTRID Olsen, hair flying, runs through the woods during Tuesday’s girls’ varsity cross-country race at Mount Abraham. Olsen finished 20th as the MUHS girls won the event. Independent photo/Steve James

Also, 15. Mary Conklin, MUHS, 26:17; 17. Ruby Jean Hall, Mt. Abe, 26:39; 19. Camille Maglienti, MUHS, 27:13.59; 20. Astrid Olsen, MUHS, 27:13.7; 23. Sarah Benz, MUHS, 27:49; 24. Dahlia Harrison-Irwin, MUHS, 27:58; 26. Narges Anzali, MUHS, 28:24; 33. Torrey Hanna, VUHS, 30:26; 34. Marissa Cross, MUHS, 31:00; 36. Vivian Ross, MUHS, 31:33; and 40. Megan Gemignani, MUHS, 34:50.

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