BBA cross country team has strong outing

BENNINGTON - Burr and Burton Academy cross country runners Lauren Miskovsky, Thomas Kittross, and Simon Aborn all had good outings in their most recent meet at Mount Anthony Union High School, helping the boys and girls teams place second and third, respectively.

Both the MAU boys and girls teams took first place in the race albeit in different ways.

The boys used a podium sweep and the girls finished second through sixth to win Tuesday's meet at Willow Park over teams from Brattleboro, BBA and Arlington.

The boys had 19 points, ahead of BBA'S 49 and Brattleboro's 66. For the girls, MAU scored 20, outpacing Brattleboro's 57, BBA's 65 and Arlington's 110.

Miskovsky held a slight lead heading up the hill at Upper Willow and extended it on a hot and muggy day to win in 22 minutes, 48 seconds - 34 seconds ahead of second-place Erica Hale of the Patriots.

And on the hot day, there was a certain motivation to reaching the finish first.

"Water was definitely motivating me at the finish, I was really thirsty coming around the hill," said Miskovsky, who ran the Maple Leaf. "Last week (at Rutland), a girl from MAU [Molly O'Callaghan] is a good competitor, I knew she was right behind me. I just had to stay ahead of them. I was tired but I had to keep pushing myself, mentally."

It was BBA coach Sandy Birch's first race winner as the coach of the Bulldogs. The depth of the Patriots was key, however, as Hale led the charge. She was second, while O'Callaghan was third. Abby Malmborg was next across the line in fourth, Emily Smith was fifth and Asuka Kosaki rounded out the scorers in sixth.

In the boys race, Will Buckley took the early lead and never looked back, scoring the win on the 2.95-mile course in 18 minutes, 30.3 seconds (a 6:16 per mile pace). Teammates Andrew Brandmeyer was second in 18:55, while Andy Barlow was third in 19:08.

Finishing in second, Burr and Burton had three runners finish in the top 10 - Kittross was fourth, Aborn was fifth and Eric Owens was ninth. Many of the Bulldog runners competed on Saturday in the Maple Leaf half marathon.

"I set out as a coach to reinvigorate the program and this feels like it's the first time we're getting there," said Birch.

Arlington's Amber Welch was the top Eagles finisher in 27th, completing the course in 31 minutes, 54 seconds. Jena Staab was 29th and Janessa Hoyt was 32nd.


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