Virginia Beach, VA
The Women's Cross Country team at Vermont Technical College made history on Friday - it was the first time in College History that a full team competed at the USCAA National Championships, and the best overall finish by a Vermont Tech Team. The #1 Vermont Tech runner Nicole Cutler finished first for the Women's team in 57th place with a 30:41 time. Nicole started late in the season and ran Conference and Nationals leading the team both times as a strong top runner. Masha Goodspeed ran second for the team finishing 65th overall with a time of 31:57. Masha is a senior and will not be back next year. She ran a solid season and is an important part of the success the women had this year. Emma Labadie finished a close 3rd behind Masha with a 66th place finish in 31:59. Emma worked hard this season and had a great finish to help the team compete well at both Conference and Nationals. Olivia Machado finished 71st in 33:04 in the final race of her first cross country season of her career. Olivia had a great season and made great improvements over the short season to be a strong contributor to the team. Look for Olivia to do great things next year as she returns for another season. Sophie Provost ran her best College race by almost 2 minutes to clinch a 10th place overall finish for the Vermont Tech Women's team. Sophie has really stepped up to be that 5th runner the team needed. She finished 82nd in 38:17 to finish her season in a great finale.
Coach Bob Dunkle indicated "This is a great turning point for the Women's team. We have raised the bar and have been getting great results. Cross Country is a tough sport and requires grit. Many runners will start the season but few make it all the way to Nationals to compete in the big race." Vermont Technical College continues recruiting for next season. If we can land some our our current prospects, we are looking forward to another season of huge gains, and improvements at both the Conference and National level.
The fall 2019 season will begin with a trianing camp on Cape Cod.