CRAFTSBURY – With smaller numbers and no team interactions, high school Nordic racing is back in action. Craftsbury Academy (CA) hosted Montpelier and St. Johnsbury at their first ski race of the season. Each team raced at separate times and racers were divided into small waves within each school. Craftsbury Academy coach Eric Hanson noted that even though the skiers are not going head-to-head in a mass start, it is still a lot like an interval start race where skiers go out every 30 seconds. “In this case, you’re racing among your teammates.” Everyone skied the same course over a two-hour time period and results were compiled.
In the 5 km varsity girls’ race, Camille Bolduc finished nearly a minute ahead (15:01) of Margaret Voison of Montpelier. Aine Fannon of St. J. placed third. CA ninth graders Sadie Skorstad and Ava Purdy finished 13th and 14th in their first-ever varsity race. In the 2.5 km JV girls’ race, Isidora Dickson from St. Johnsbury led the field. For the middle school girls’ 2.5 km race, Craftsbury’s Anika Leahy and Ruth Krebs went 1-2 (7:04) with Leahy only a few feet ahead of Krebs. Montpelier’s Anya Carlson placed third.
The 5 km boys’ varsity race was dominated by CA, whose skiers took the top six spots (Aiden Casey-12:36, Cormac Leahy, Charlie Krebs, Orion Cenkl, Alan Moody, and Linden Stelma-Leonard). St. J’s Luke Chadderdon placed seventh, followed by Montpelier’s Sage Grossi. The JV boys were led by Montpelier’s Aiden Forsyth. In the 2.5 km middle school boys’ race, Hazen’s Charlie Kehler (6:41) finished ahead of Montpelier’s Sam Brondyke.
Both the Montpelier and St. Johnsbury coaches said that they had a really high turnout of new skiers this year. For many students, this was their first race ever.