LYNDON, Vt. – Following six consecutive Middlebury College runners, Gannon McKearin placed seventh and was first non-Panther to finish the men's eight-kilometer Vermont Colleges State Championship hosted at Northern Vermont University-Lyndon on Saturday.
McKearin finished with a time of 30:30.7, one of 10 finishers to finish with s sub-31 minute time, all separated by just 1:20.
Castleton finished fifth with a team score of 121. Middlebury earned a decisive win with 15 points, the minimum possible. They were followed by St. Michael College (74 points), Norwich University (91 points), NVU-Lyndon (105). Vermont Technical College (158 points) and NVU-Johnson (192 points) trailed the Spartans. Green Mountain College also competed in the meet.
Jared Wheeler crossed the line 14th in 31:45. Freshmen Avery Barrino (34:26.9) and Justin Perretta (40:42.9) placed 29th and 48th, respectively. Jacob Peet and Nathan Bushweller finished within two seconds of each other to place 50th and 51st, respectively.
The Spartans compete next at the Green Mountain College Invitational on Oct. 13 at 11:45 a.m.