The last day of the Eastern High School Championship weekend started off the same as the two days before, cold and calm. The “Black Mountain Breeze” started up mid morning, with wind gusts continuing throughout the day. The last day of the Championship weekend was the 4 x 3.3 km mixed medley relay, which started with a slight delay due to circumstances with a team bus. This year the women started the race with a 3.3 km classic leg, handing off to the male skier for another classic leg, followed by a 3.3 km women’s skate leg, and ending with a male skate leg.
After the mass start, the first woman to ski in was Sophia Laukli from Maine with a time of 8:41, tagging teammate Liam Niles. Laura Appleby from team Massachusetts was close behind Sophia with time of 8:45, and tagged Jacob Jampel to head out on his classic leg. The third woman to come in was Phoebe Sweet on Vermont team #1 in 8:49, tagging teammate Ben Ogden, followed by another Vermont skier, Charlotte Ogden skiing the first leg, coming in at 9:12 to tag Will Koch.
Ben Ogden was the first skier from the second leg to ski into the stadium with a time of 7:15, to tag Callie Young. Jacob Jampel came in second with a time of 7:49 handing off to Shea Brams, with Will Koch skiing into the stadium next with a time of 7:46 to tag Rena Schwartz.
Callie Young had the fastest time on the women’s skate leg, coming in first on that leg with a time of 8:14 to keep the Vermont #1 team’s lead, and tagging Greg Burt. Shea Brams skied in next with a time of 8:37 tagging Massachusetts skier James Kitch, with Mae Chalmers from Vermont’s #3 relay team skiing in at 8:17, Rena Schwartz on Vermont’s #2 relay team in 8:26, and team Maine skier Abigail Strienz skiing in at 8:27.
It was Vermont’s #1 relay team winning the gold at the end, with Greg Burt skiing in with a time of 6:31, second place went to team Massachusetts with James Kitch with a time of 6:15, who had the fastest time on the mens skate leg. Third place went to Vermont team #2 with Joshua Valentine finishing with a time of 6:37. Fourth place went to the Maine relay team, with Caleb Streinz skiing in at 6:37, and Fifth place went to Vermont’s #3 relay team with Zander Martin finishing with a time of 6:46. Full relay results are found here.
In the team standings New York had 8,465 points, Maine in fourth which had 10,613 points, third place was New Hampshire with 12,041 points following closely behind Massachusetts who took second place with 12,254 points. Team Vermont had the overall win with 16,540 points to be awarded the Graham Taylor Cup. Graham awarded the cup to Vermont Team Leader Adam Terko.
Thank you to all the skiers, coaches, Team Leaders for a fantastic weekend of racing. Thank you to every parent for all your support of these New England skiers!
Thank you to the Chisholm Ski Club members for their dedication to our sport, and for hosting a great event, and thank you to NENSA’s Associate Sponsors L.L. Bean, Swix and Nokian Tyres for making this all possible.