Colonels sweep Nordic races at home
"Come on, Leah. Let's go, Leah!" a spectator cheered as Burr and Burton's Leah Mowry took off at the start.
"Alright, El!" screamed another fan as Brattleboro's Elery Loggia cruised by on her first loop.
The Brattleboro Union High School teams swept the Marble Valley League Freestyle event, with the Colonel girls beating runner-up Mount Anthony Union by 14 points and the BUHS boys also defeating the second place Patriots 22-36.
"Bill Jahn did a great job grooming the course," said BUHS coach Dave Johnston. "It was a very challenging course. Lots of the kids were huffing and puffing at the top of it and the ice on the downhills made it tricky. Every skier was really pushing and giving a great effort."
Brattleboro's Isaac Freitas-Eagan, who recently earned his way onto the Junior National Team, easily won the varsity boys race in 14:36. Starting 20 seconds after Nate Fogg, he blew by the Rutland competitor just a half-mile in.
"Isaac makes skiing look easy. He works so hard. He was expected to win and he came through," noted Johnston.
Early in the his second lap, Freitas-Eagan steered himself to the left-hand side of the trail and drove past two foes at the same time.
"It's fascinating. He's so much fun to watch," an onlooker mentioned as the race favorite began his second climb.
In the varsity girls race, the fans were treated to early battles as skiers sprinted side by side into the first turn. And after that left-hander, they got to watch Brattleboro's Liz Morse and Woodstock's Claudia Mills duke it out on the long straightaway.
Woodstock's Olivia Brooks would prevail in 20:13. Brattleboro's Sarah Gallagher, Bella Thurber and Elery Loggia took the next three spots.
"Sarah has been sick," stated coach Johnston. "She is so determined and she did really well despite not feeling well. She trains really hard."
Heading into Monday's relay event at Woodstock, the Brattleboro boys have a 41-53 lead on MAU while the BUHS girls are currently ahead of their rivals 27-56. Burr and Burton, Woodstock, Rutland and Otter Valley are also in the mix.
Girls Top 10 Wednesday
1. Olivia Brooks, Woodstock, 20:13
2. Sarah Gallagher, Brattleboro, 20:25
3. Bella Thurber, Brattleboro, 20:35
4. Elery Loggia, Brattleboro, 21:42
5. Bethany Hassett, MAU, 22:40
6. Liz Morse, Brattleboro, 22:46
7. Annie Takacs, Brattleboro, 22:47
8. Maggie Payne, MAU, 22:48
9. Sarah Umphlett, MAU, 23:09
10. Bella Takacs, Brattleboro, 23:23
Boys Top 10 Wednesday
1. Isaac Freitas-Eagan, Brattleboro, 14:36
2. Matthew Bassette, Woodstock, 16:07
3. Justice Bassette, Woodstock, 17:01
4. Jack Drew, MAU, 18:08
5. Austin Buttle, MAU, 18:19
6. Henry Thurber, Brattleboro, 18:23
7. Galen Fletcher, Brattleboro, 18:33
8. Evan Koch, Brattleboro, 18:51
9. Carter Hall, Burr and Burton, 18:55
10. Teddy Krawcyk, Woodstock, 18:56
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