GRAFTON -- The Brattleboro Union High School Nordic Team hosted a Marble Valley Classic Race at Grafton Ponds on Saturday.
The 5.2 Km classic race went off in waves of four skiers every 30 seconds. Racers were seeded so that the fastest skiers went out first.
In the boys’ race, Brattleboro’s Graham Glennon went out in the first wave with the top racers. Right from the start of the four-lap course, you could tell Glennon was on a mission. He took the lead and extended the gap with every lap. With a powerful double pole, he finished the race one minute and 11 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Ben Faller of MAU.
Declan King continues to improve with every race and finished second for the Colonels and 12th overall. Colby McGinn, also a first-year racer, made a big jump up the results list by scoring his first varsity points, finishing third for the team and 14th overall. The fourth team scorer was Jonathon Burdo who finished 12 seconds behind McGinn. Sam Sherlock was right behind Burdo in 21st place. Jeff Kahler had his strongest race of the season, breaking into the top 25 and finishing 23rd.
As Nordic nation has come to expect this season, the girls’ varsity race was the Lange and Levins show. Both Halie Lange of Brattleboro and Chloe Levins of Rutland went out in the first wave and played cat and mouse with each other until the last lap. On the steepest part of the course, Lange made a move and tried to put some distance between her and Levins, but Levins would have none of it and right after a fast descent took the lead from Lange. Around the last turn and into the 150-meter straightaway to the finish line, it became a side-by-side double pole slug fest. Lange, the veteran racer, made a wise calculation -- realizing that skiing out of the track was faster than staying in the wind-blown set track. She moved gradually ahead of Levins, beating her by 1.4 seconds.
Brattleboro’s No. 2 racer, Linnea Jahn, went out in the second wave. Jahn had her best classic race of the season, keeping pace with Mt. Anthony’s top racers. She finished an impressive fourth overall.
Other Colonel skiers that had strong races included Tyler Clement in the JV boys’ race. Clement finished in 7th and Gabe Britton finished in 8th. In the JV girls’ race, Catey Yost finished 9th.
In the Middle School Race , Toby Weed (The Grammar School) and Spencer Loggia (Hilltop) finished 1st and 3rd. In the girls’ race, BAMS had a strong showing with Nevada Powers finishing 1st and Eve Pomazi joining her on the podium finishing 3rd. Isabella Thurber (Hilltop), who trains with the BUHS/BAMS skiers, finished 2nd. Evy Williams and Hannah McNeill, both BAMS seventh graders, had great races finishing 5th and 7th.
BUHS is scheduled to host a home freestyle race on the Vermont Business Agricultural Education Center (VABEC) trails on Feb. 6 at 3 p.m.