No. 5: BF girls dominated on the trails

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BRATTLEBORO — One week before a horse named Sistercharlie stamped herself as the fastest filly on turf during a Breeders' Cup race in Kentucky, Abby Broadley proved that she is one of Vermont's fastest females on dirt.

The face-painted freshman earned an individual gold medal in a time of 20 minutes flat on Oct. 27 in Thetford, leading the Bellows Falls varsity girls cross-country team to a Division 3 state championship.

"She works as hard as any athlete I've ever coached in cross country or track," said BF coach Tim Eno. "Her accomplishments this year were quite amazing."

Broadley also won the Marble Valley League A Division race and placed second at Fall Mountain, helping the Terriers finish first in the CVC meet for the first time in 25 years.

Stephanie Ager (21:02) took fourth, Abby Dearborn (21:04) was fifth, and Lia Clark (21:46) wound up eighth to round out the scoring for Bellows Falls in the state meet. The speedy group beat runner-up Rice by 28 points.

Asked about those runners, coach Eno responded that Ager gives 100 percent, Dearborn is impressive because she also played field hockey in the fall, and that Clark is a leader who is also ranked No. 1 in her class.

"Runners five through seven were just as important as runners one through four on this team. Without runners five through seven, we don't qualify for New Englands," stated Eno, referring to Molly Hodsden, Jasmine Boucher and Haley Covillion.

Clark was the only female runner during her first two years of cross country, but it was her recruiting efforts that helped build this team.

"The senior girls most definitely took in the younger girls and taught them all about high school cross country. The friendships and camaraderie were absolutely amazing on this team."

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