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The U-32 boys dominated to a sixth straight D-II crown at the Vermont state high school cross-country running championships at Thetford Academy on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021. (Photo by Michael Beniash)

Champions are born on Thetford Academy’s grueling five-kilometer course.

Making history is part of Thetford’s lore, too.

And Saturday was one to remember for a long time.

The Burlington girls halted Champlain Valley’s 12-year title reign, the St. Johnsbury boys ended a six-decade drought in dramatic fashion while the U-32 boys, Craftsbury boys and Harwood girls put up dominating performances at the 2021 Vermont high school cross-country running state championships.

The Seahorse girls won the Division I crown for the first time since 2002, relying on Rebecca Cunningham’s runner-up effort and Gillian Fairfax’s fourth-place finish to deny CVU a 13th straight title.

The Burlington girls XC running team ended CVU's 12-year title reign at the Vermont state high school cross-country running championships at Thetford Academy on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021.

In D-I boys, St. Johnsbury captured its first XC championship since 1958, needing a tiebreaker with its sixth-place runner — Nathaniel Bernier in 43rd overall — to topple BFA-St. Albans. SJA and BFA each collected with 72 points. Team points are accrued based on a runner’s individual finish.

Loghan Hughes of BFA-St. Albans (19:51.73) and St. Johnsbury’s Evan Thornton-Sherman (16:33.98) won the individual D-I races.

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