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Leahy Back in Action at the Collegiate Level

LEWISBURG, Pa. – Former Craftsbury Academy (CA) standout Cormac Leahy had his best finish of the young season last week for Siena College in the Bucknell Mile at the Bison Outdoor Classic.

Leahy’s time of 4:29.45 in the mile was good enough for a 15th place finish for the Siena Saints freshman runner. Amherst sophomore Henry Dennen bested 38 other runners to win the event with a time of 4:16.67. Leahy posted a 33rd place finish in the 1500m and a fourth-place finish in the 4X800m relay in his first collegiate competition for the Saints this spring at the Black and Gold Invitational two weeks ago. Leahy helped the CA boys’ track and field team win their first ever Division IV state championship in 2022. He captured back-to-back individual high school state titles for the Chargers in the 3000m in his sophomore and junior campaigns and joined forces with teammates Matthew Califano, Alex Califano, and Linden Stelma-Leonard to win the state title in the 4X800m relay as a sophomore.

Leahy and his outdoor track and field team will be back in action on Friday at the Virginia Challenge in Charlottesville before traveling to Lawrenceville, N.J., for the Rider Invitational on Saturday.

Royer Shines at Mailman 5K

MONTPELIER – Hazen Union’s Cassandra Royer finished sixth overall in the Paul Mailman 5K over the weekend in the latest Central Vermont Runners series.

Royer’s time of 21:15 bested 28 other runners in the field and finished one spot behind 68-year-old Run Vermont Hall of Famer Norm Larson of Burlington. Marshfield’s Andy Frakes time of 18:23 was nine seconds clear of runner-up Kasie Enman from Huntington. Royer finished up a stellar indoor track season for the Wildcats in March that saw her capture a fifth overall finish at States in the 3000m. Her top-five finish qualified her for the New England Indoor TF Championships where she set a personal record in the 2 mile. Her sister Jessica is a sophomore for the University of Vermont women’s track and field team.

Wildcats Opener Postponed

HARDWICK – The Hazen Union baseball team’s season opener under first year head coach Shaun Allen was postponed last Friday due to inclement weather. It is the first season of Hazen and Craftsbury Academy’s (CA) three-year agreement of merging athletic programs. CA baseballers will play for Hazen this spring and Hazen softballers will play for CA. Allen, a CA alum, will have five Charger players on the team and will be assisted by Hazen’s Joey Rivard. Rivard helped former skipper Spencer Howard guide the Wildcat program back to the division III state title game at Centennial Field in 2022.

Hazen is now scheduled to open their season at home next Thursday against Williamstown. Their original match-up with BFA-Fairfax will now be played on May 17.

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