Thursday November 05, 2015
“Saturday was an excellent day at Thetford for all the Rebel cross-country teams!”
That typically upbeat quote came from South Burlington head coach Geoff Bennett, as the Rebels wrapped up their cross-country season at the state championship meet this past Saturday. The South Burlington boy’s team finished second overall behind state champs CVU, while the girl’s team finished eighth out of thirteen competing schools, with CVU once again taking the top spot overall. Trevor Houchens delivered one of his best performances of the season, finishing third overall with a time of 17:33, and followed by teammates Ben Moran (10th), Jackson Hauman (13th), Evan Sheffield (17th), Kevin Le (24th), Gabe Nelson (25th), and Lucas Calcagni (26th). Eliza Thomas led the South Burlington girl’s team, with a 19th overall finish and a time of 21:26, followed by Meghan Cook (37th), Chloe Zinn (41st), Madison Duffy (60th), Kelsey Perotte (61st), Sierra Duffy (68th), and Logan Huysman (73rd). “We raced for the win and the varsity team ran their hearts out on the course.” said Bennett. “I’m extremely proud of the team for all they accomplished and for the courage and confidence that they displayed on Saturday to race as hard as they did. I also can’t thank enough, my assistant coaches, Nate Bradbury and Brian McDonnell, for the passion and intensity that they brought to practice on a daily basis. They are continuing with coaching this winter and I expect to see great results from their team once the indoor season rolls around. Also, hats off to CVU for having a great squad and a great coach in Scott Bliss.”
South Burlington got bounced out of their semi-final matchup last week, falling 1-0 to eventual D-I champions Rice. The Green Knight’s Nate Carey delivered the deciding goal in the contest, absorbing the ball as it bounced off the head of a South Burlington defender and redirecting into the Rebel’s net with just under eight minutes to go in the game. South Burlington’s Tyler Ayers made five key saves, but the Rebels struggled to unleash the offense weapons that helped them string together an eight game win streak before last Tuesday’s semi-final matchup. With the playoff loss, the Rebels wrap up their season with a 14-3 record.
SOURCE: Peter Caulkin, Correspondent