Despite a wrong turn and extra mileage on the unmarked Rice Course, Carlton Cummiskey turned on the afterburners to finish third in the meet, followed closely by Rye MacCurtain and Luke Groom. The Highlanders prevailed over a strong Division 1 Essex team. Photo: Bob Cummiskey.

Harwood girls dominate  

On Tuesday, October 20, the Harwood boys’ and girls’ XC teams traveled to Chittenden County for only their third meet of the COVID-19-shortened season.

Harwood boys defeated a strong Essex team by a score of 31 to 33 host Rice scored 71.

Harwood placed seven boys in the top 11. Carlton Cummiskey led Harwood runners with a third-place finish, despite having gone almost ¼-mile off course. Luke Groom placed fourth, Rye McCurtain, sixth, Tyler Silveria, seventh, Vincent Spina, 11th, and Ebbe Lillis, 12th, had strong races considering they also made a wrong turn.



McKenna PaxmanHarwood girls placed 10 girls in the top 11 easily defeating host Rice and neighboring Colchester. Ava Thurston broke 19:00 minutes for the first time this year. Ava was in a close race with pre-race favorite Emily Bloom of Rice. Ava surged away from Emily the last 1/4 mile. After Ava was little sister Julia Thurston, third, followed by Britta Zetterstrom, fourth, Charlie Flint, fifth, McKenna Paxman, sixth, Caelyn McDonough, seventh, Anlu Thamm, eighth, Masie Frank, ninth, Hazel Lillis,10th, and Mackenzie Greenberg, 11th.

“This was a breakout race for McKenna. She has been nursing an injury all season. She finished as a strong fifth runner for us today,” said veteran coach John Kerrigan