Monday, March 19, 2018

Thea's Race at Nakkertok

By Gabby Wangler
Sundays Are For the Girls
                   On March 4th, the weekend after the last carnival, some of the Saints traveled back up to Ottawa to compete in Thea’s Race at the North Nakkertok Nordic Center. It was a classic team relay sprint consisting of two people, and each leg skied the 1.3 km course three times. Ironically, we brought only women to a race that was in the memory of an active skier named Thea and promoted more women to ski. It brought female (and male) skiers of all ages and ability together to have fun racing, so mission accomplished Thea!
Dana, and Lucy (black headband partners), Erin, and Gabby (white headband partners)
                  It was an early morning, but turned out to be a beautiful sunny day by the time the races started. Our teams were senior Dana Hatton with sophomore Lucy Hochschartner, and junior Erin Waters with freshman Gabby Wangler. We had a girl from every year in school!
Our lucky relay socks!
                  Lucy and Erin were the scramble legs and had some speedy starts! It was fun to tag off to partners in the chaos of others also tagging off, and the beautiful course was super fast. Unfortunately, Dana was too speedy and broke one of her classic poles during one of her legs, but that didn’t stop the dynamic duo to finish second overall for senior women! And Erin and Gabby finished 5th for senior women! Woo!  Thanks to Nakkertok for hosting such a fun and spirited event with many different races for all ages!  We'll be back!
Race Photos HERE and HERE 
Dana and Lucy 2nd place!
                  After a lunch together, we traveled back to Canton for a productive Sunday afternoon of homework. We’d like to thank ETown for bravely facing the bitter wind and waxing our skis outside with no gloves on. (That’s true dedication!)
                Stay tuned for upcoming posts about a Junior Nationals Recap, the MNC Skiathlon, the LP Loppet, and spring series at Craftsbury this coming weekend!

Gabby Wangler '21

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Middlebury Regional Championships

Middlebury Carnival- The Last One

Regional Championships

Middlebury's glorious blue and purple mountains
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When we arrived on Thursday afternoon to Rikert, the paths were sheets of ice and the trails were mashed potatoes with ice underneath them.  The S turns were pretty tricky, but we kept our heads up because we knew that the grooming before the race would be much better. And it was true! The classic race was pretty fast and the coaches nailed the wax. Thanks to Adam Terko who came and helped out on Friday!  It wasn't a great day for us as a team, but we still had some good performances.

Men's Classic RESULTS
Women's Classic RESULTS

Kate (50) followed by Dana (48) hammering it home
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Most everyone had a killer race on the last day. It tends to be that way for our team, as seen in previous years. Special shoutouts to GH for his 44th place and Lucy for her 9th place in Skate! The happy atmosphere was contagious and there were lots of hugs and smiles.  I'd say it was a pretty fun day.  Thanks to all who came and cheered us on!
Nathaniel, George, Ben, GH show off their team spirit
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Men's Skate RESULTS
Women's Skate RESULTS

Team Scores
India's videos

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Gabby and Lucy 

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Kate Andy lighting up the world one smile at a time
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Hugs at the finish!
Although the carnivals are over, we are still trying to get our fill of skiing and training in! We are onto Junior Nationals, some weekend races, and Spring Series! Currently there is no snow in Canton (We've been running in shorts and t-shirts), but we don't mind making the trek to Gatineau Park in Canada where the trails were awesome yesterday!

Shoutout to Tim who is in Estonia competing for USA in Biathlon! Here's his interview with Fasterskier! GO TIM!

Good Luck to Ben, Jackie, Dottie, Jordan, Eliza, Gabby, Emily, Kate, and Aliya at Junior Nationals next week in Soldier Hollow!! Have Fun!