MANCHESTER - Both the Mount Anthony Union High School boys and girls cross country teams took first place at the Burr and Burton Invitational on Tuesday in spite of two of their top runners - Marc Brandmeyer on the boys team and Erin Anderson on the girls team - not competing in the race.

The MAU boys took the top five spots finishing with a perfect score of 15 with Luke Johnas winning the race with a time of 19:24.

Andrew Brandmeyer was second in 19:52, with Will Buckley third in 20:00. Zach Redden was fourth in 20:22 and Caleb Cohen fifth in 20:31.

BBA finished second in the meet with a score of 48 and Long Trail School came in third with a team score of 83.

Individually, BBA junior Tom Kittross took seventh place with a time of 20:58.

Runners from the varsity boys cross country teams begin their race at the Burr and Burton Invitational on Tuesday. Runners from Mt. Anthony Union High
Runners from the varsity boys cross country teams begin their race at the Burr and Burton Invitational on Tuesday. Runners from Mt. Anthony Union High School, Burr and Burton Academy, Long Trail School and Arlington Memorial High School, among others, competed in the race. Both the MAU boys and girls teams won top honors at the event. (Gary Baker Photo)

In a post meet interview, Kittross said there were a couple of things he tried to run his race and stay competitive.

"Pacing is important, but it's sort of hard on the hills sometimes to keep it steady," said Kittross. "There are a lot of hills on this course and you do a couple loops so you hit the same hills a couple times so, you just got to power through them and rest on [the] downhill. That's my strategy. It's hard to keep pace. It's a real challenge in the sport."

BBA's Luke Iglinski finished in eighth place with a time of 21:15 and Owen Henderson finished 12th with a time of 22:42.

Spencer Wilson was the top finisher for Long Trail School, taking 16th place with a time of 23:48.


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Kit Lefevere finished 22nd and Chris Trombetta 29th with times of 25:44 and 27:56, respectively.

Though Arlington Memorial High School did not score as a team, Aden Sischer finished 14th in 22:55 and Duncan Gamble finished 20th with a time of 25:02.

The MAU girls team won the meet with a score of 19 ahead of second place BBA who had a team score of 46.

Despite Anderson not competing, MAU runners took five of the top six spots. Freshman Erica Hale won the race with a time of 23:58.

Senior Abby Lord led the BBA squad, finishing second with a time of 25:02.

In a post race interview, Lord indicated that she was excited going into Tuesday's meet.

"It was really motivating that it was our home meet," said Lord. "I kind of knew the course already so I kinda knew where it would be hard and where it would be easy. When it comes down to it, when you run, you just do what you feel like doing, which was to try my best I guess."

MAU's Emily Smith finished third in 25:18, Kate Ahearn fourth in 25:23, Jaz Hollister fifth in 25:27 and Sierra Dickey sixth with a time of 26:03.

BBA's Emily Sherras finished seventh in 27:15. Catie Redmond finished 10th in 28:29, Kit Sikes 11th in 28:54 and Carling Berkout 12th with a time of 29:09.

Arlington Memorial High School's Celia Smith finished 21st in 38:06, Bhumika Patel 22nd in 38:31 and Janessa Hoyt 23rd in 39:09.

Long Trail School junior Lena Bergamini finished 14th with a time of 29:54 and Rachel Baker finished 24th in 39:22.

The Bennington Banner contributed to this report.