Craftsbury Harriers Compete in Postseason Meet

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The Craftsbury XC club team competed at the Nike Cross Northeast Regional Championship on November 26. From left to right: Matt Califano, Alex Califano, Charlie Kehler and Charlie Krebs.

WAPPINGER’S FALLS, N.Y. – Top high school runners from the six New England states, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania raced Saturday at the Nike Cross Northeast Regional (NXR) Championships. The event was held in picturesque Bowdoin Park, overlooking the Hudson River. Temperatures were in the low 50s with sunny skies and breezy conditions.

Four local runners were among the 249 athletes in the Northeast Championship boys race, at 1:30 p.m. The 5k course began with a 600-meter grassy stretch. The runners funneled onto wide trails traversing woods, fields, and challenging hills. From the viewing area, spectators could see most of the race.

Vermont’s D-III champion, Charlie Kehler, led the Craftsbury XC club team. The Craftsbury Academy sophomore placed 125th in 17:57. His time was 33 seconds faster than his finish at the 2021 NXR championship race.

Charlie Krebs, a St. Johnsbury Academy senior, joined the Craftsbury XC club team for NXR. Krebs, who lives in Craftsbury, ran with his former Craftsbury Academy teammates. He covered the 5k distance in 18:15, placing 154th in his high school cross country finale.

Craftsbury Academy juniors Alex Califano and Matt Califano placed 187th and 196th. Alex’s time of 18:40 was 18 seconds faster than his 2021 effort on the Bowdoin Park course. Matt finished in 18:49 to round out the four-man Craftsbury squad coached by Mike Levangie.

“Following a season full of obstacles, NXR provided our athletes an excellent opportunity to race the region’s best one last time,” said Levangie. “We look forward to some downtime, allowing athletes to resolve issues and mentally prepare for track season.”

Matt Servin, the Vermont D-I champion, was the top Vermont finisher in the boys race. His sixth-place effort led the Champlain Valley XC Club to a 16th-place finish among 31 teams. Avery Smart, the Vermont D-II champion, placed 86th in 17:25.

Alice Kredell’s 20th-place finish was the highest among Vermont girls. Kredell, the Vermont D-I champion, ran the 5k course in 19:55. She led the Champlain Valley XC girls to a fourth-place finish among 11 teams.

Smyers Places High at Manchester Road Race

MANCHESTER, Conn. – Adamant physical therapist Donna Smyers returned to her home state last weekend to visit family. As she has done 31 times, Smyers competed in the 86th Manchester Road Race on Thanksgiving morning.

Ideal running conditions aided the 8,359 finishers of the iconic 4.748-mile race, which began in 1927. The event attracted athletes of diverse ages and abilities, many running in costume.

Connor Mantz, from Provo, Utah, was the top finisher in 21:04. He completed the course at an average pace of 4:28 per mile. Weini Kelati, from Johnson City, Tenn., won the women’s division in 23:39. Her average pace was 4:59 per mile.

Smyers paced at 7:47 per mile to finish in 36:56. She placed third of 92 entries in the F65-69 age group. “It was as fast as I thought I could run,” said Smyers. “I am happy that I got top three.”

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The Halo Foundation presents the Santa Run/Walk and Festival on December 11 in Orleans. The event is a benefit fundraiser to support Orleans County residents dealing with cancer.

Halo Foundation Sponsors 5k Run/Walk for Cancer

ORLEANS – The Halo Foundation presents its annual Santa Festival on Sunday, December 11. The Foundation supports Orleans County residents who are dealing with cancer. A Santa Run, complete with Santa suits, kicks off the festival at 11 a.m. One-hundred percent of the proceeds from the event go to the community. Expenses are covered by community partners and sponsors.

Admission to the festival is included with each race registration. The entry fee to run or walk is $15 for children ages 12 and under; $25 for teens and adults. A Santa suit and hat are provided for each runner and walker. Runners and walkers will have a slice of pizza and beverage waiting for them at the end of the run, along with a crushed candy cane ice cream cone from Sweet Scoops.

Family members not entered in the race may participate in the Santa festival for a $5 fee. The festival includes Santa’s workshop, with cookie decorating, ornament making, and face painting. Adults and children can write a letter to Santa and send it through the magical North Pole mailbox. Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be flying in from the North Pole to hear the children’s wishes.

The Santa run has a limit of 300 participants. Online registration is encouraged at RUNREG.COM/HALOSSANTA. Questions may be emailed to If the race does not fill up, day-of-race registration will be available from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Registration and bib pickup are at the Orleans Fire Station at 102 Main Street.