Page, Umphlett place second at MVLs

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BENNINGTON — The Mount Anthony cross-country team competed yesterday, along with the rest of the Marble Valley League schools in the MVL championship race, held at Willow Park.

The host Patriots saw their runners take second place finishes in both the boys and girls races, while also having two runners in the top of five of each race as well.

On the boys side, Evan Page scored the best time of the day for MAU, running the 2.95-mile course in 17 minutes and 43 seconds to be runner-up.

"It felt really good to place second in the race," Page said. "Since I knew the course really well, I used it to my advantage and was able to distance myself from the pack. It's been a while since I got a top three finish this year, so if feels really good to place second here at the MVL championships."

Page's teammate Shawn Tobin finished fifth in the race with a time of 18:50, giving the Patriots' two runners in the top five and helped MAU place second overall as a team in the race.

"I'm really happy with how our boys team raced today," said MAU coach Jim Dulin. "Evan ran really well today and Shawn was chugging there right behind him. I'm really pleased with how our boys team raced as a whole today."

Taking first place in the boys race was Brattleboro's Isaac Freitas-Eagan with a time of 17:10, which helped the Colonels grab first place and take home the MVL championship.

Brattleboro ultimately swept the MVL championships, winning the girls race too, having three runners place in the top seven to take home both MVL championships.

The Patriots had their fair share of great performances in the girls' race, having two runners place in the top four, led by Sarah Umphlett.

Umphlett continued to add to her terrific campaign even though it was a very humid day on the course, placing second with a time of 20:51.

"I'm very proud of myself that I was able to place second in the race," Umphlett said. "I still think I could've ran better today. This wasn't one of my best times, so my goal is to run a faster time in our next meet."

Paige Greenawalt placed fourth for MAU in the race with a time of 22:32.

"You can't get a better one-two punch then Sarah and Paige. "Sarah has been placing either first or second all year and Paige is right behind her. Having the as our top two runners really helps us a team in each competition we race in."

Overall, the Patriots finished third as team in the girls race.

Meaggie Balch won the girls race with a time of 20:16, which is 11 seconds off the course record.

Other local teams in action included Burr and Burton.

The Bulldogs boys team placed sixth as a team, while the girls finished right behind MAU for fourth place.

Joey Conti was the only Bulldogs runner to grab a top-10 finish in either race, placing ninth in the boy race.

"Our team struggled a bit on this course, but I like how our team battled back from it and the way they competed all day," said BBA coach Paul Bremel. "Joey finishing ninth in the his race is a big accomplishment for him and shows he can compete with the top runners in Division I. Hopefully our team can build off this race come state time."

MAU will next race in the Greenwich Invitational on Saturday, while BBA will compete in the Russ Pickering Invitational, that is being held in Bellows Falls next week.


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