Champlain Valley Union High School’s Autumn Eastman took third and the South Burlington boys finished fifth as a team to highlight the Vermont contingent at Saturday’s 79th New England cross-country championships.
Eastman, the Vermont Division I state champion, ran a 17 minute, 48.3 second time for the five-kilometer course at Derryfield Park in Manchester, N.H. Hannah Debalsi of Staples, Conn., blazed to the course record held by Mount Mansfield’s Erin Sullivan in 17:15.80.
Eastman and her CVU teammates were sixth overall.
The Rebel boys, behind Sidi Abdoulaye’s 33rd place finish, took fifth out of 30 schools. The Harwood boys were also in the top 10, racing to ninth with their No.1 runner, junior Sam Nishi, nabbing the day’s top performance for a Vermonter (19th in 15:54.9).
MMU’s Ben Hegman (26th in 16:01.2) also raced well on the boys side.
After Eastman’s third place, Woodstock’s Carmen Bango (18th in 18:28) and St. Johnsbury’s Quinn Bornstein (26th in 18:38) were Vermont’s next best on the girls side. The SJA and Essex girls were 10th and 11th, respectively, in the team standings.