MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Senior Grandon Smith added another individual title to his impressive collection, crossing the finish line first to lead the Castleton University men's cross country team to a fourth place finish at the 2017 Vermont Colleges State Championships, hosted Saturday by Middlebury College.
Smith finished the eight-kilometer course first with a time of 26:42.0, over 16 seconds ahead of his nearest competitor. It is Smith's third individual victory of the 2017 season after previous wins at the Mountaineer Invitational and the Castleton Invitational.
Gannon McKearin produced another strong race for the Spartans, finishing in 12th place overall with a time of 28:10.5. Jared Wheeler crossed the finish line in 17th place in 29:04.8, with Oliver Rodgers finishing in 39th place overall with a time of 32:25.3, just ahead of teammate Carter Kline in 40th place in 32:27.2.
As a team, Castleton finished with 80 points for fourth place, just three points behind third place St. Michael College and only eight points in back of second place Norwich. With eight runners among the top 10 finishers, Middlebury College easily won the team title with 20 points.
Castleton University will next compete Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Western New England Invitational in Springfield, Mass., starting at 11:15 a.m.