The Middlebury men's and women's cross country teams won the team titles during the Vermont State Meet on their home course Saturday. The 17th-ranked men topped the field of eight schools with 20 points, while the 11th-ranked women took top honors with 21. The Panthers have a week off before returning to action October 14 at the Connecticut College Invitational.
Jonathan Perlman covered the 8K course in 26:58.3 to place second, as the Panthers claimed spots two through six. Kevin Serrao was third in 27:11.4, while Benjamin Hill was one spot behind in fourth with a time of 27:19.0. In fifth place, Graham Rainsby boasted a time of 27:27.9 and Will Meyer was the final scorer for Middlebury in 27:34.0. Castleton's Grandon Smith won the race in 26:42.0.
In the women's 6K, Read Allen won the race for the Panthers, as she boasted a swift time of 19:08.6. Katherine Glew was second to cross the finish line with a runner-up time of 19:19.0. Middlebury claimed positions five through seven to secure the team victory. Brianna Bisson (19:51.4) was fifth, followed by Leah Metzger (20:17.6) and Olivia Mitchell (20:26.4).