Krebs Edges Out Leahy in Craftsbury Academy Ski Race
CRAFTSBURY — Former teammates Ruth Krebs (St. Johnsbury) and Anika Leahy (Craftsbury Academy-CA) skied together recently over a full 5km race course with Krebs winning by two seconds in 16:13. With enough newly fallen snow, racers from eight teams were able to ski on the more challenging race course at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center. Amelia Circosta (Hazen Union) placed third with Ave Purdy 23 (St. Johnsbury) and Sadie Skorstad 35 (CA) out of 61 starters. U32 took the team win ahead of St. Johnsbury, MMU, CVU, Peoples Academy, and BFA Fairfax. In the boys varsity race, Sage Grossi (Montpelier – 14:12) edged out Leo Circosta (Hazen) by four seconds. Cormac Leahy (CA) was sixth with Charlie Krebs 10 (St. J), Alan Moody 21 (CA), and Max Demaine 33 (Lake Region) of the 59 starters. Charlie Kehler was in the lead pack at the 3.5 km mark when he took a fall around a sharp corner. With the wind knocked out of him, he played it safe and called it quits for the day. In the team scores MMU finished ahead of CVU, Montpelier, St. J, BFA Fairfax, People’s Academy, and U-32. The CA boys and girls did not have enough skiers for team scores.
In the middle school races, Kate Carlson (MMU) won in 7:25 on the 2.4 km course. CA’s growing team included Jenner Brooks, Oryon Hart, Stig Link, Aemelia Terrone, and Ada Alan. Two Hazen Union students raced including Ava Stratman and Ursa Goldenrose with Maeda Urie from Albany also entering. There were 74 starters in the MS race.
Craftsbury Marathon Takes Place on 18.5 km Loop
CRAFTSBURY — Hundreds of people young and old took to the newly fallen snow to race in the Craftsbury Outdoor Center marathon two-day event on January 28 to January 29. On day-one, two Craftsbury Green Racing Project (GRP) alumni returned to win both the women’s and men’s 37 km classic race. Caitlin Patterson won in 2:26:39 ahead of current GRP member Annika Landis with Kirby, resident and former Olympian Ida Sargent placing third. Retired GRP biathletes Susan Dunklee came in seventh and Hallie Grossman was 11th. Craftsbury Ski Club coach Audrey Mangan was 10th, Margaret Prevot 19, and Annie Rowell 20. In the men’s 37 km race, Adam Martin (former GRPer) won in 2:00:59 in the tricky waxing conditions. Many people had skis that either iced in the wet new snow or they had no kick at all. Makail Tipton (Sterling College) was 25th and Damian Bolduc 42. In the 18.5 km one lap races, the Circosta siblings from Greensboro won both the women’s and men’s race. Amelia had a winning time of 1:14:53 ahead of other local racers Jessica Bolduc 4, Anika Leahy 7, JoAnn Hanowski 9, Ruth Krebs 10, Gina Campoli 24, Linda Ramsdell 26, and Lindy Sargent 30. Leo Circosta won the men’s 18.5 km classic race in 1:01:43. Other local skiers included Jim Fredericks 22, Davis Barnet 26, Buddy Majernik 30, Jeff Felinger 59, and John Brodhead 64.
On the second day of skate racing, a one-lap 18.5 km race, Annika Landis and fellow GRPer, Michaela Keller-Miller went 1-2 finishing 0.3 seconds part. Annika’s time was 55:51 under much faster snow conditions compared to Saturday’s classic race. Hallie Grossman was sixth along with Susan Dunklee eighth, Anna Ramsey 17, Jessica Bolduc 24, Christine Bangtson 26, and Linda Ramsdell 39. On the men’s side, Adam Martin was edged by current GPRer and former teammate, Braden Becker in 49:20. Raleigh Gossiling was third and Craftsbury Outdoor Center race director Ollie Burress fifth. The first five skiers were all within 12 seconds of each other. Other local skiers included Ethan Dreissigacker 33, Luke Murphy 36, Roger Prevot 38, Charlie Kehler 55, Max Demaine 76, and Craig Taylor 114.