Colonel boys earn skiing silver
RIPTON — The Route 9 Nordic rivalry between Mount Anthon Union and Brattleboro reached its crescendo in Monday's Classical State Championships at Rikert Nordic Center.
After beating MAU in the morning's individual 5 kilometer time trial, BUHS brought the point difference within four. Henry Thurber led the Colonels with a seventh place finish in 16:34, followed by Galen Fletcher in ninth in 17:16, Evan Koch in 11th in 17:29, and Orion Stone in 19th in 18:04. Declyn Tourville was 20th, just one second behind Stone, Nolan Holmes was 33rd, Sam Freitas-Eagan was 41st, and Ty Allembert was 52nd.
It was in the final event, the 4x2.5 kilometer classic relay, when MAU decisively stamped their name on this year's state championship. The Colonel quartet of Fletcher, Tourville, Koch and Thurber skied with grace and gritty determination, but it was simply not enough to overtake MAU.
The Colonels finished the four events — the individual skate and skate relay last Thursday, and the individual classic and classic relay — with 114 points. MAU won with 100, and BFA-St. Albans was third with 173.
In the girls 5 kilometer race Sarah Gallagher led the Colonels with a sixth place finish in 18:20. Liz Morse was 18th in 20:04, Bella Takacs was 26th in 20:55, and Alexandra Miskovich was 32nd in 21:38. Angelika Toomey was right behind Miskovich in 33rd, Neveah Beauchamp was 39th, Lily Tessitore was 41st, and Hazel Wagner was 55th.
They held their ground in the relay, maintaining their overall fifth place behind Mount Mansfield, Champlain Valley Union, MAU, and Burlington.
Reflection: It has been so fun to compete against MAU all season. It was tough to come up short, but we celebrate their success. These two teams are about as evenly matched as they come.
Five Brattleboro skiers will go on to postseason competitions, representing Vermont as part of the VT Elite Team at Eastern High School Championships and the NENSA U16 Festival: Sarah Gallagher, Evan Koch, Henry Thurber, Sam Freitas-Eagan, and Nolan Holmes.
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