The Brattleboro freshman rallied from fourth place to win Tuesday's Marble Valley League cross-country meet by 32 seconds over runnerup Brynn Cairns of Rutland.
"I really wanted to win," said Powers, who had finished second to Cairns earlier this season. "This was easily my best performance so far."
Powers stole a slight lead early on, but was back in fourth position when the runners exited the woods and began their second climb. It was during that up-and-down portion that she made her move, as she led a spread-out field to the bottom and never looked back.
Powers won the 3.1-mile race in 21:51. Rounding out the top 10 were: Cairns (22:23), Lauren Miskovsky (22:32) of Burr and Burton, MAU's Erica Hale (22:41) and Molly O'Callaghan (22:48), Rutland's Misha Goodspeed (22:57) and Meghan Keefe (23:00), Burr and Burton's Ann Fisher (23:13), and MAU's Kinsey Boudreault (23:31) and Abby Malmborg (23:42).
"It was a great race for Nevada. This was a pretty good victory for her," noted Colonels coach John Dimick. "I think she's starting to believe that she can run with these kids."
Kate Yost, who took 19th overall, was Brattleboro's second finisher in 24:54. Gwen Harris (25:55), Eve Pomazi (26:23) and Dana Alexa (27:54) rounded out the top five for the Colonels.
The East Orchard Street course, which includes a steep climb that is made three different times, allows fans to watch the majority of the action. And you could hear the spectators encouraging runners all day long.
The day began with the boys race, which featured the fifth battle of the season between Rutland's Tim Hughes and MAU's Andrew Brandemeyer.
Brandemeyer opened up a sizable lead in the early stages, but Hughes ran him down on the last hill and cruised to victory in a time of 17:50. Brandemeyer was 12 seconds back in second.
"I lost to him (Brandemeyer) in Thetford by a foot, but I was able to beat him the other times," stated Hughes. "I think this is a pretty good course. I like it better than Thetford's."
MAU's William Buckley (18:14) and Andy Barlow (18:27) placed third and fourth respectively.
They were followed by: Rutland's Sam Ligon (18:35), Brattleboro's Ryan Gilligan (19:16), Burr and Burton's Thomas Kittross (19:18), Rutland's Isaac Wright (19:20), MAU"S Matt Strano (19:21) and Brendan Wright (19:33) of Rutland.
"I'm really happy with my performance," noted Gilligan. "Our season's going pretty good. We are showing a lot of improvement." Gilligan, who turned on the jets during the final descent, passed three runners down the stretch.
"Sixth place is a good finish for him," said coach Dimick. "He didn't really get into the flow of things quick enough, but that was a nice finish." Brattleboro's Tyler Clement and Dan Burdo finished 16th and 17th respectively in 20:36 and 20:37. Teammate Jon Burdo wound up 20th and Josh Meachen crossed the line in 24th position.
Team scoring: Girls Race - 1st) MAU 39, 2nd) Rutland 47, 3rd) Burr and Burton 74, 4th) Brattleboro 80. Boys Race - 1st) MAU 29, 2nd) Rutland 36, 3rd) Brattleboro 81, 4th) Burr and Burton 83.