In the late 1990's Mount Mansfield's Erin Sullivan won two Cross Country National Championships. Since the event became the Nike Cross Nationals in 2004, Richford High Grad Elle Purrier had the best result, a 17th place finish. That was until Saturday when CVU's Autumn Eastman took to the course in Portland, Oregon. We caught up with Eastman back in School on Monday.
Q: It's been a whirlwind couple of days for you.
Autumn: It's been extremely overwhelming. Nike Cross Nationals is the biggest experience I've ever had in my whole high school career. It's just a once and a lifetime experience that any athlete can receive, so I'll hold it true to my heart forever for sure.
Q: You get back to Vermont and of course there's snow on the ground. When you got to Oregon there was snow on the ground and it was even colder. I don't think you were expecting that.
Autumn: No, we weren't expecting that. The conditions were really hard. The ground was really solid on any year we've ever experienced in Oregon, but yeah I think it was an advantage for the Northeast people just having to deal with the snow conditions. Coming from a nordic background, I think I had an advantage with the snow.
Q: Has it hit you that you were the fastest Vermonter to ever perform out there?
Autumn: It just hasn't hit me, I crossed and I didn't even know my time. I crossed not even knowing my place either. I was somewhere in the top 30, wasn't sure where. But I was just excited to be there and excited to race with the best people in the country, it was just amazing.
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