Assistant Sports Editor
THETFORD -- The Mount Anthony Union High School cross country team will not be making the trip back to the New England Championships this season.
But one runner will.
Senior Andrew Brandmeyer qualified for the New England meet by running the event in 17 minutes, 51.8 seconds in the Vermont State Championships at Thetford Academy on Saturday, good for 14th among the Division I runners and 21st for combined results.
William Buckley was not far behind Brandmeyer, finishing 27th overall, and 16th in D-I with a time of 17:55.1. He missed the cut for New Englands by just two spots.
"Everybody worked hard over the last few weeks," coach Jim Dulin said. "Pretty much, everyone had a good race. We just don’t have the depth that we need [to make New Englands]."
Dulin said that Brandmeyer’s finish was a result of all of the work he put in.
"He worked hard [this season]," Dulin said. "He deserves it. He is looking forward to going over there."
The Patriots finished eighth in the Division I race, finishing with 165 points.
Andy Barlow finished 28th in D-I, running a 18:27.3, Matt Strano was 50th (19:25.7).
Burr and Burton Academy’s Lauren Miskovsky was the highest finisher for local female runners, finishing eighth in the Division II race in a time of 21:58.1, 39th in the combined results. Her finish helped the Bulldogs to sixth place as a team in the Division II race.
Teammate Anne Fisher finished 22nd in D-II, running a 23:44.7, and Isabelle Abs finished 31st in a time of 24:24.1.
For the MAU girls team, Erica Hale was the high finisher, comng across 30th with a time of 22:06. The Lady Patriots finished eighth in the D-I race.
Molly O’Callaghan finished 26th, running a 22:19.6, and Kinsey Boudreau finished 45th with a time of 23:08.6.
Dulin said that Boudreau had "probably the best race of her career," and that a handful of his girls posted personal bests at Thetford.
"A handful of the girls had course PRs, so you like to see that at the end of the season," Dulin said.
The South Burlington boys and the Champlain Valley girls were the winning teams in D-I, while in D-II Harwood swept both titles. In Division III, it was the Stowe boys and the BFA-Fairfax girls who took home team titles. South Burlington’s Sidi Abdoulaye ran the fastest time for the boys, running a 16:33.8, and Champlain Valley’s Autumn Eastman ran the fastest time for the girls, finishing in 18:47.4.
The Burr and Burton boys team finished sixth in D-II, with Thomas Kittross pacing the Bulldogs with a 15th place finish in 18:44. Simon Aborn was 24th in D-II, running a 19:12.6, Will Fisher was 41st in 20:05.2, and Eric Owens was 44th in 20:13.5.
In Division III, the Arlington Memorial High School girls team saw Jena Staab crack the top 50, finishing in 50th with a time of 27:51.6. The Eagles finished 11th in the D-III race.
Brandmeyer will head to the New England Championships on Nov. 9. The meet will take place in Manchester, N.H.
Brandmeyer ran the course once this season, at the Manchester Invitational. He finished the course in 17:50.
Dulin said that Brandmeyer will continue training as he has all season, and will run with fellow MAU runners in the build-up to the race.