In cross-country: Sam Brunnette wins Division I state championship

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Sam Brunnette approaches the finish line in Thetford, where he won the Vermont state cross-country championship Saturday.  Photo by Christina Cotnoir

Sam Brunnette approaches the finish line in Thetford, where he won the Vermont state cross-country championship Saturday. Photo by Christina Cotnoir

copyright the Chronicle October 29, 2014

by David Dudley

THETFORD — The North Country Union High School (NCUHS) Falcons had a strong outing at the Division I state cross-country championship in Thetford Saturday. Senior Sam Brunnette led the pack, finishing the 5-kilometer course in 17:06 to become state champ.

According to Falcons Coach Chris Shaffer, Brunnette is the second Falcon to claim that spot. Daniel Webster, who won back-to-back championships in 2003 and 2004, was the first.

“I knew I had a shot,” Brunnette said during a phone interview Tuesday. “I kept telling myself, if I can keep a fast pace, I’ve got a shot.”

Judging by his time, he maintained a fast pace all the way through.

“Right off the line I tried to stay in front,” Brunnette said. “For the first mile, I could hear the pack behind me. Then I pulled away. I never looked back.”

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