Both Harwood boys’ and girls’ cross-country teams ran at the Burlington High School Invitational on Saturday, September 9. Because of demolition and new construction at Burlington High School, the meet was held at Hard’ack field in St. Albans.
Harwood girls had a strong fourth-place finish in a field of 21 schools. The solid field, included several Division 1 powerhouse teams. CVU girls placed first with an impressive score of 16. Fifteen is considered a perfect score. CVU was followed by (2) Essex and (3) South Burlington.
Celia Wing once again led Harwood girls. Her tenth-place finish put her on the podium. Wing was followed by Heidi Haraldsen (15), Julia Thurston (17), Hazel Lillis (27), Pippa Diller (37) Rowan Clough (47), and freshman Julia Cisz (59) who was making her debut as a varsity runner.
“Celia, Heidi, and Hazel all had personal record times,” said head coach John Kerrigan.
In the girls’ JV race, freshman Harmony Devoe, finished in 11th place just one step from the podium. “Harmony had a very impressive first race,” said Kerrigan.
Harwood boys finished 10th in the 21-school field. They were led by Chris Cummiskey (39), Quinn Smith (54), Indy Metcalf (61), Chapin Rivers (63), Tyler Gaidys (64) Brody Hackett (67), and Cooper Hansel (68)
“Tyler had a personal record time and is doing well balancing his participation on both the golf and XC teams,” said Kerrigan. Freshman Brody Hackett had an impressive first varsity race appearance. “Brody made the top seven for the team, based on his outstanding performance in the JV race at Essex last week, he was our sixth runner today!” said Kerrigan
Atticus Ellis led the boys’ JV runners. Kerrigan would also like to recognize “One NIKE Nicky.” Sophomore, Nicky Service lost his shoe in the deep mud less than 1 mile into the race, but still managed to finish 54th in the 100-plus field!
Harwood boys’ and girls’ teams will travel to Danville on Thursday, September 14.