Thurston second at Essex Invitational
Harwood girls fourth, boys 12th
Harwood cross-country star Ava Thurston started her sophomore year with a bang, finishing second at the season-opening Essex Invitational.
Defending Division 2 state champs, the Harwood girls finished fourth behind only D-1 squads Champlain Valley, Essex and Burlington, while the boys squad finished in 12th.
Thurston ran a 19:14.4 to finish second, edging Champlain Valley’s Alice Larson by one-tenth of a second for silver. Larson’s teammate Alicia Veronneau won in 19:06.6. Thurston was easily the top runner from Division 2, well ahead of Lamoille’s MegAnne Gilmore (8th) and Maggie McGee (10th).
Two other Harwood runners, senior Julianne Young (16th) and sophomore Britta Zetterstrom (17th), also cracked the top 20.
The Harwood girls finished with 102 points, edging rival U-32 by 23 points for fourth. Champlain Valley was first with 30, Essex second with 87 and Burlington third with 93.
Carlton Cummiskey was the top runner for the Harwood boys, finishing 18th in 17:51.8. Luke Groom (62nd), Ebbe Lillis (68th), Vincent Spina (70th) and Zennor DiMario (85th) rounded out the scoring members of the Harwood squad.
The Highlanders were 12th with 272 points; Essex won with 50 points while U-32 and Champlain Valley tied for second with 85 points apiece. Henry Farrington of Essex won the race in 15:42.9, U-32’s Waylon Kurts was second and Brady Martisus of Essex was third.
Harwood 2, Green Mt. Valley School 0
Harwood broke a scoreless tie six minutes into the second half, then added an insurance goal in the final 90 seconds in the season opener.
Highlander freshman Nic Moran scored his first varsity goal on sophomore Jack Birmingham’s assist for Harwood’s first goal, and senior Theron Williams scored the second on an assist by goalie Ollie Hammond.
Hammond made seven saves; Green Mountain’s Ryan Turnbull stopped 12 shots.
Harwood 2, Green MT. Valley School 0
Harwood’s Tanum Nelson scored a goal in each half in the season opener for both teams.
Nelson scored on a penalty kick in the first half, and on an assist from Ashley Proteau in the second. Harwood goalie Amaya Rogers had 12 saves; Green Mountain’s Cassandra Cormier, under fire all day, stacked up 31 saves.
“She played very well,” Harwood coach Mike Vasseur said about Cormier.
U-32/Harwood 60, North Country 33
Quarterback Nathan LaRosa threw for two touchdowns, both to Alex Lemieux, and ran for another. Skyler Flood ran for three touchdowns, Anthony Englehard had a pair and Crosse Gariboldi also scored. On defense, Ben Wiater and Cameron Comstock each picked off one pass and recovered one fumble.