Cross Country Teams Capture Vermont State Titles

(L-R): Olivia Artaiz was the runner-up in the women's race, while Sam Klockenkemper claimed the individual title in the men's race.
(L-R): Olivia Artaiz was the runner-up in the women's race, while Sam Klockenkemper claimed the individual title in the men's race.

The Middlebury cross country teams swept the Vermont State Championship meets hosted by Vermont Technical College on Saturday afternoon. The fourth-ranked women earned just 24 points in the seven-team meet, 28 points better than second-place Lyndon. The men came in with 21 points, besting second-place St. Michael's by 20.

Sophomore Sam Klockenkemper (Nashville, Tenn.) took home the title for the men's squad, covering the 8K course in 27:31. Senior Charlie Jones (North Haven, Maine) (28:18) and rookies Peter Elkind (Westport, Conn.) (28:40) and Matt Gillis (Hamilton, Mass.) (28:44) comprised spots 4-6 for the Panthers. Junior Luke Carpinello (Delmar, N.Y.) rounded out the team's scorer with an eight-place finish in 29:06.

The women's team placed four of the top-five finishers at the event. Junior Olivia Artaiz (Banks, Ore.) led the group with a runner-up effort, covering the 5K course with a time of 20:27. Placing third was senior Sarah Guth (Wilton, Conn.) in 20:40, while rookie Robin Vincent (Sutton, Vt.) held down the fourth spot, just behind in 20:41. Sophomore Erzie Nagy (Albion, Maine) trailed by just two seconds, earning a time of 20:43 to place fifth overall. Rookie Liesel Robbins (Hanover, N.H.) was the team's final scorer, crossing the line with a seventh-place finish in 20:50.

• Cross Country Teams compete at Vermont State Meet
• Up next: 10/11 – @ Open New England Championship (Franklin Park, Mass.)