Wildcat Harriers Run for a Greater Cause

by Jim Flint

Hazen Union Middle Schooler Wins Again

WELLS RIVER  ̶  Hazen Union’s cross country team competed at Blue Mountain Union School on September 18. The Northern Vermont Athletic Conference (NVAC) meet included athletes from Danville, North Country Union High School, Lyndon Institute, Twinfield Union, and Blue Mountain. 

Thomas Kehler raced to his second middle school victory of the season. The Hazen Union seventh-grader finished the 3k course in a personal best time of 11:40. Kehler’s effort translated to a sizzling 6:16 per mile pace. U-32’s Cody Young finished second in 11:58. 

Manny Fliegelman also notched a personal best 3k time. The Wildcat seventh-grader finished in 13:15 to place fourth of 15 middle school boys. 

In the girls’ middle school race, Finn Burgess and Elizabeth Mollina tied for 15th place. The Hazen Union eighth-graders finished the 3k course in 18:51.

Ella Considine represented Hazen Union in the girls’ varsity race. Her 5k time of 28:48 placed ninth of 19 runners. Carter Hill and Tobias Benson anchored the Wildcat varsity boys. Their respective times were 27:12 and 34:47.

Runners Ready to Race Against Racism

MONTPELIER  ̶  A busy weekend lies ahead for Hazen Union’s cross country team. On Saturday, October 2, the Wildcats travel to Thetford for the Woods Trail Invitational. The meet is the largest of the season for the spirited team. On Sunday, the Wildcats plan to run together again in Montpelier at the Race Against Racism. 

A 3 p.m. rally on the State House Lawn kicks off the event. The 5k race follows at 4 p.m. Head coach Netdahe Stoddard will run with the Wildcat team. Montpelier High School’s Club Action and Racial Justice Alliance are co-presenting the event. The groups aim to bring central Vermonters together to continue the fight for racial justice and further the conversation about racism in Vermont.