BF Cross Country Update

BF Cross Country Update

Stephanie Ager, Staff Writer

The BFUHS Terrier Harrier girls and guys have had a very successful 2019 cross country season so far.  The girls team is currently undefeated, and it looks like the rest of the season will be very successful. They will soon be competing at CVC’s where it will be a tough fight between them, Keene, and Hanover. It seems as though the season has just started, but the state meet is rearing around the corner for these ladies, and it is looking like they will be competing with Rice Memorial for another state title. Leading the team this year is junior, Molly Hosdsen, followed by returning runners Ager (Stephanie), Broadley (Abby), Dearborn (Abby), and Stoodley (Shelby). The girls team has acquired two new runners, Bartlett (Ashley), and Bassette (Victoria); the team was very glad to welcome these girls! The ladies swept first place at the Russ Pickering Invitational on September 13, 2019, with an overall team score of 29 points, while Burr and Burton came next with 50 points. At the Mill River Invitational on September 24, 2019, the team had another clean sweep with a total of 22 points, with the next team (Rutland Senior) totaling 51 points.

The guys team has put up a strong fight amongst their competitors, with relatively close team scores. They have worked hard to be in the place they are now, and they will be putting up a strong fight about 3 weeks from now at the Division 3 state meet in Thetford, VT; where they have a great chance at bringing home a banner. Senior, Tim Salter-Roy is the captain on the guys’ side. The guys ran great at the Russ Pickering Invitational grabbing third place with 50 points, following Brattleboro with 49 points, and Stowe with 46 points; this meet was a very close match, which shows how much potential the team has. At the Mill River Invitational the guys came in second place with 44 points, following Rutland Senior with 36 points. Windsor SVL meet was a very successful day for these Terriers, they snatched first with 26 points, followed by Hartford with 34 points; the scoring runners for the Harriers came in 3rd-6th, and 8th place. 

Bellows Falls Union High School might just bring home 2 CC state championship wins this season; it is going to be a tough fight, but both teams have been running great, and they are only going to get better from this point on. The runners would not be as successful as they are right now if it weren’t for their dedicated coaches. Tim Eno has been the head coach for 21 years. When asked this question – what do you think will be different about this year’s state meet from last years, he responded “It is fun to see new people get a chance to step up for these competitive teams, and to see how the girls respond to having a bullseye on their backs.” When asked how he thought the state meet will go for both teams, after careful consideration he said “I think both teams will have a top 3 finish. The girls return as defending D3 champs. Returning are Abby Broadley 1st, Stephanie Ager 4th, and Abby Dearborn 5th. The boys return Timmy Salter-Roy as 9th place last year.” Eno said he believes the girls have a strong chance to repeat. As for the boys, he said if they put everything together, from the first to the last scorer, they have a chance to compete for the title. As stated before, both Terrier teams have a lot of potential; will they rise to the occasion? Attend the state meet on October 26, 2019 at Thetford Academy to find out, or maybe you will hear a long line of fire trucks rolling through Bellows Falls that night.