Temperatures hovered around freezing yesterday morning at the Gore Mountain Nordic Center for the start of the individual classic races at U16 Championships. The individual classic racecourse was the same for this race as it was for the 5 km skate race on Friday, with 2 laps on the 2.5 km homologated course. This course was definitely a challenging course for skiers, with the amount of uphill climbs and fun, but steep downhill corners.
Francesca Kitch from Massachusetts came in 10th with a time of 18:47, and her teammate Eva Bauman placed 9th in 18:41. New Hampshire skier Mae Whitcomb skied to 8th in 18:37, and Malia Hodges from Vermont came in 7th place with a time of 18:22. Amanda Vansant from New Hampshire placed 6th with a time of 18:20.9, and in 5th place was Massachusetts’s skier Amelia Tucker in 18:20.8. Three Vermonters took places 4th-2nd, with Victoria Bassett in 4th with a time of 18:16, Emma Strack in 3rd place in 18:11, and Samantha Nolan in 2nd place with a time of 18:10. New Hampshire skier Elsa Bolinger won the race this morning with a time of 17:59.
As the boys took the line, the snow started to fly again. The 10th place finisher today for the boys race was Quinn Wilson from New Hampshire with a time of 16:19, skiing for New York was Teddy Warfle in 9th with a time of 16:17, and in 8th place from Vermont was Greyson Davis in 16:14. 7th place was Daniel Bandler from New Hampshire with a time of 16:05, Makail Tipton came in 6th place in 16:02, 5th place today was William Nemeth from the Midwest team, Mathias Boudreau Golfman placed 4th from Vermont with a time of 15:58, and the 3rd place skier from the Midwest was Garrett Walters in 15:58. The top 2 spots went to Massachusetts’s skiers, Benjamin Bucheit in 2nd place with a time of 15:55, and Linden winning again with a time of 15:49.
After a break for lunch, the Cross Country cross event began at 2 p.m. for the girls with an individual start race every 15 seconds. The course was a 1.25 km freestyle sprint race with various obstacles throughout. The first obstacle was an uphill slalom, and then a downhill slalom. Then there were a few s-turns in the field, and after a climb, the downhill had banked turns. There was a 360-degree turn at the bottom of the downhill before heading to the finish! This was the first time U16 Championships had this event with obstacles in the sprint race. This event was introduced at the Youth Olympic Games in 2016, and is expected to be an event on the World Cup. NENSA was excited to debut this sprint event at U16s because we want to keep progressing our sport, and up the fun factor!
In the Cross Country cross race, Jaqueline Wells from Massachusetts placed 10th with a time of 3:33:72, Vermonter Julia Oliver came in 9th in 3:33.68, and in 8th place was Grace Matter from New York with a time of 3:33.53. 7th place was Amanda Vasant from New Hampshire in 3:33.17 and Midwest skier Sydney Peterson placed 6th with a time of 3:32.71. 5th place from Massachusetts was Amelia Tucker in 3:32.50, and again three Vermonters took places 4th-2nd with Samantha Nolan in 4th place with a time of 3:33.4, Addy Harris in 3rd place with a time of 3:31.74, and Malia Hodges in 2nd place with a time of 3:28.56. New Hampshire skier Elsa Bolinger took the win with a time of 3:28.42.
On the boys side, 10th place went to Greyson Davis from Vermont with a time of 3:08.22, and 9th place was Daniel Bandler from New Hampshire with a time of 3:07.96. Midwest skier Jake Van Hefty placed 8th with a time of 3:07.89, 7th was Adam Carlisle from Massachusetts with a time of 3:06.17, and 6th place was Midwest skier Garrett Walters in 3:05.86. New Yorker Teddy Warfle skied to 5th place with a time of 3:05. 12, and in 4th from Vermont was Mathias Boudreau Golfman in 3:04.59. 3rd and 2nd places went to New Hampshire skiers Samuel Murray with a time of 3:04.36, and Quinn Wilson with a time of 3:02.76. Jackson Young from Vermont took the win with a time of 3:01.68.
Awards for the top 10 in each gender for each of the three individual races took place after the buffet pasta dinner at the Gore Mountain Base Lodge.
Here are the top 10 girls in the 5 km individual skate race from Friday, click here for full results.
Here are the top 10 boys in the 5 km skate race on Friday, click here for full results
Top 10 in the girls individual classic races, click here for full results
Top 10 in the boys individual classic races, click here for the full results
Top 10 in the girls Cross Country cross race, full results here
Top 10 in the boys Cross Country cross race, full results found here
The top 3 overall individual winners for the girls were awarded with the top 5 being recognized. 5th place was Grace Mattern from New York, 4th place was Amelia Tucker from Massachusetts, 3rd place overall was Malia Hodges from Vermont, Samantha Nolan from Vermont was 2nd overall, and Elsa Bolinger from New Hampshire was awarded 1st overall individual.
The top 5 overall individual winners for the boys were Teddy Warfle from New York in 5th, Jackson Young from Vermont in 4th, Mathias Boudreau Golfman in 3rd from New Hampshire, Quinn Wilson from New Hampshire in 2nd, and 1st overall individual was Linden Niedeck from Massachusetts.
For overall state points, New York does not have a full team to count for team points, so they are in 5th place, with Maine in 4th place, Massachusetts in 3rd, New Hampshire in 2nd and Vermont in 1st place.
Today is the last race of the Championship weekend with the mixed team relay consisting of 2 x 2.5 km classic legs followed by 2 x 3.3 skate legs, and then the overall state team winner will be announced!