The Essex girls and boys cross-country teams placed third and fourth, respectively, at the annual Essex Invitational last Saturday, held at the Tree Farm Recreational Facility. Top: Martin Thomas runs alongside a CVU athlete during last Saturday’s race. Thomas placed ninth overall. Right: Thomas Shearer nears the finish line.

Photos by Colin Flanders.

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Martin Thomas runs alongside a CVU athlete during last Saturday’s race. Thomas placed ninth overall.

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Thomas Shearer nears the finish line.

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Jake Wagner of Essex takes a stride during Saturday’s race.