Randolph X-Country at Essex Invitational

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Sports / Sep. 7, 2017 9:06am EDT


Randolph Union High School sophomore Adam Norton, center, of the 2017-18 Ghosts cross country team competed in the Essex Invitational last Saturday. (Provided / Nicole Scudero) Randolph Union High School sophomore Adam Norton, center, of the 2017-18 Ghosts cross country team competed in the Essex Invitational last Saturday. (Provided / Nicole Scudero) After a long preseason that included a four-night stay at an off-site training camp, the Randolph Union High School boys and girls cross country teams officially kicked off their season on Saturday. The Ghosts took to the course at the Tree Farm in Essex Junction to run against some of the best competition in Vermont at the Essex invitational.

Guy Ghosts

On the boys side, junior captain Isaac Kaplan paced the Ghosts over the 5-kilometer with a finish of 18:21. His co-captain, junior Brandon Ryan, was close behind, finishing in a time of 18:55.

Following the two leaders were freshman Desmond Piccicuto (19:38), senior Josh Huffman (20:15), senior Sam Kimball (21:24), freshman Jordan Ryan (22:11), sophomore Adam Norton (23:38), sophomore Gavin LaPlante (24:44), and junior Philip Papp (25:04).

Lady Ghosts

The Lady Ghosts, a young team this year, were led by freshman runner Olivia Kaplan (22:10), followed by freshman Makayla Clement (27:53), and freshman Kaylee Thayer (29:13).

Another area athlete competing was Alexandra Timmins, a Whitcomb athlete who trains with the RUHS team. Her time of 22:48 was good enough to secure her 48th overall.

Boys’ coach Ben Weir was upbeat about the teams’ performances.

“The first meet of the season is really all about shaking out the legs and getting over pre-race jitters. Both teams ran well, especially since we are training through these early races, not taking as much rest as we might later in the season.”

Next up for the Ghosts is an NVAC Mountain Division meet at U-32 on Thursday, followed by the Burlington Invitational on Saturday.

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