Harwood girls’ varsity cross-country team awaits the start gun at the Millstone Trails on October 23. Photo: Ann Zetterstrom.

October 23 at Millstone Trails - Websterville

Harwood boys nip Spaulding | Harwood girls’ score rare shutout

On Thursday, October 23, the Harwood cross-country team traveled to the Granite City of Barre to run on the trails of Millstone. The terrain was much different than the level terrain of the Rice course.



Several of the Harwood boys were a little tired from the race on Tuesday and from hiking up and biking down Sugarbush on Wednesday. Despite their fatigue, they scored an upset victory over host Spaulding. Carlton Cummiskey led the Harwood runners with a second-place finish. Ebbe Lillis and Vinnie Spina managed to stay on course this race and had impressive fourth- and fifth-place finishes, respectively. Luke Groom finished strong in seventh place despite the wobbly legs from the Sugarbush climb. Harwood packed places 12 to 14 -- Rye MacCurtain, 12th, Tyler Silveria, 13th, and Mason Berry, 14th, sealed the one-point victory for Harwood.



Harwood girls dominated the first seven places: Ava Thurston, first, Julia Thurston, second, Britta Zetterstrom, third, Charlie Flint, fourth, McKenna Paxman, fifth, Caelyn McDonough, sixth, and Anlu Thamm, seventh. In XC it is called a shutout when a team’s top seven runners beat all individuals from other teams. Coach Kerrigan also received outstanding performances from Hazel Lillis, ninth, Mackenzie Greenberg, 10th , Jill Rundle, 13th, and Aliza Levey, 14th.

‘It was a solid effort for both teams. We showed that we could still be a little tired going into a race and perform well,” said Kerrigan

The next event for Harwood cross-country is the Vermont Division 2 championships to be held at Thetford on Saturday, October 31.