BFP names Autumn Eastman Athlete of the Year

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It should come as no surprise that Autumn Eastman was named the Burlington Free Press Athlete of the Year. This year, Eastman was named Vermont’s Gatorade girls cross country runner of the year and captured the D-I crown to help Champlain Valley Union (CVU) earn its 10th title in 11 years. She placed second at the Manhattan Invitational, third at New Englands and Northeast Regionals, and 16th at nationals.

Over the winter she helped lead CVU to a third straight Nordic state championship by placing first in freestyle and second in the classic. She also helped team Vermont win the Eastern championships with two top-10 results. She also qualified for and competed at Junior Nationals in March.

This spring Eastman repeated as Vermont’s Gatorade player of the year in track & field and collected three titles at the D-I state meet (800, 1,500, and 3,000). She also broke a 22-year meet record in the 800 at the Burlington Invitational and broke the 10 minute mark in the 3,000, a first for a Vermonter since 1999. And that’s not all. Eastman placed second in the 3,200 at New Englands and had a personal-best in the 1,500 (4:39.95).

Eastman will continue her cross-country running and track & field career at Georgetown.