MMU, Middlebury sweep H.S. nordic state championshps

Monday, February 26th

RIPTON, Vt. - It was a clean sweep for Mount Mansfield and Middlebury.

Under sun swept skies the Mount Mansfield and Middlebury boys and girls cross-country teams locked up state championships Monday at the Rikert Nordic Center in Ripton.

Following Thursday's freestyle races at Craftsbury Outdoor Center, the MMU boys and girls, Middlebury boys and U-32 girls held the lead in the team competitions.

Monday, in the classic races, Callie Young of North Country had the fastest overall time and won the individual girls D-1 title. Jordan Kulis of Harwood won the D-2 classic race.

In the relays, MMU won the D-1 race by nearly a minute and a half and locked up the team state title, their first since 2015. Middlebury topped U-32 in the D-2 relay by almost two minutes and rallied past the Raiders to win the team for the second year in a row.

In the boys 5K individual races, Brattleboro's Isaac Freitas-Egan earn the win and the D-1 title with the fastest overall time. Sam Hodges of Middlebury finished second overall and won the D-2 individual crown.

In the relays, Brattleboro topped Mount Mansfield, but the Cougars overall depth led them to their second team state title in three years. Middlebury won the D-2 relay by nearly two minutes and the Tigers locked up a third straight team state championship.