by Jim Flint
Hazen Union Cross Country Team
DERBY – Hazen Union head coach Netdahe Stoddard brought six runners to the Primeau Woods trails on September 14 for the Kingdom Cup Invitational. Before the middle school race, Stoddard told Thomas Kehler that he might have to pass the lead bicycle on some of the steeper hills. Toward the end of the 3k race, the Wildcat seventh-grader made his move, sprinting past the cyclist to win his first cross country race.
Kehler finished the race in 12:03, which translated to a pace of 6:25 per mile. His nearest competitor was 30 seconds behind him. Manny Fliegelman also had a strong finish for the Wildcats. He came across the line in 13:53 to place tenth out of 34 middle school boys. Damian Morrison finished the race in 18:43. Finn Burgess represented the Wildcats in the middle school girls’ division. Her time was 18:41.
Ella Considine (30:23) and Edie McKenzie (31:41) competed in the 5k girls’ varsity race. Tobias Benson anchored Hazen Union in the boys’ varsity race. His time of 34:53 was a new personal best mark.
EAST MONTPELIER – Hazen Union traveled to U-32 High School on September 18 for an invitational meet. Warm and muggy weather challenged the runners. Cassandra Royer (24:48) and Jessica Royer (26:30) placed 17th and 22nd out of 49 finishers in the girls’ varsity race. Ella Considine (31:07) and Edie McKenzie (36:30) rounded out the four-person Wildcat girls’ squad.
In the boys’ varsity race, Tobias Benson continued to improve. He finished in a personal best time of 33:21. Carter Hill returned to action after a calf injury. He completed the 5k course in 28:20.
Finn Burgess (15:03) and Elizabeth Molina (16:07) represented Hazen Union in the middle school girls’ race. Results for the boys’ middle school race are pending.