In a typical year, college skiers race the Eastern Carnival circuit and the top youth skiers take part in four Eastern Cup weekends. With COVID restrictions, racing action has been focused at the state level to reduce interactions between regions and to have small fields spread over a longer period of time. In the second Vermont race of the year, both Vermont college and high school skiers convened for a cold Saturday of racing.
The boys and young men started first, with temperatures around five degrees F. Green Mountain Valley School’s Tabor Greenberg led the U16 (under 16) boys’ 5 km (13:24), followed by Craftsbury Nordic Ski Club (CNSC) skiers Charlie Krebs and Charlie Kehler, and Mansfield Nordic’s Niko Cuneo. In the men’s 15 km race, Craftsbury Green Racing Project (GRP) skier Braden Becker topped the strong field in 37:34, with Matias Ovrum in second. Bjorn Westervelt of Stowe led the U20 skiers (38:15), sixth overall. CNSC skier Jack Young was the third U20 skiers, 12th overall. In the U18 age group, GMVS skier Aidan Burt was first, with CNSC skiers going 4, 5, and 6 (Cormac Leahy, Aien Casey, and Tzevi Schwartz, 17-19th overall). Other CNSC finishers (overall place) included Leo Circosta (32), Orion Cenkl (36), and Linden Stelma-Leonard (37). Craftsbury master skier Damian Bolduc placed 40th.
In the U16 girls’ 5 km race, Mansfield Nordics Julia Thurston placed first (16:23). CNSC skiers included Amelia Circosta (3), Anika Leahy (4), Ruth Krebs (5), Anna Isselhardt (6), Gabriella Schafer (9), Sara McGill (10), and Phoenix Masten (11). In the women’s 10 km race, retired GRP skier Kaitlynn Miller showed the youngster’s how it’s done, winning in a time of 29:09. UVM’s Lina Sutro was second and former CNSC skier Callie Young was third. Young is now at Dartmouth. Craftsbury GRP skiers Margie Fried and Michaela Keller-Miller placed fourth and fifth. CNSC’s Camille Bolduc was 12th (first U18 skier) and Adrienne Remick placed 24th.
In the 10 km master’s race (for those usually over 30), the only skier under 30, Charlie Cobb, took the win in 28:16. Former top regional skier Eli Enman followed closely behind. Craftsbury’s Damian Bolduc placed seventh in his second race of the day and his wife, Jessica, was 15th.