The ConVal Nordic team finished its regular season this past Wednesday at the Division II State Meet held at the Great Glen Trails Nordic Center at the base of Mount Washington. The skiers braved challenging conditions as sunshine alternated with snow squalls and wind gusts up to fifty miles per hour on the 4 kilometer course.
The team fared very well despite the weather, placing two skiers in the top ten and medaling one skier in the skimeister category. Allison Bull came in 8th overall in the girls classical race, and Jaimini Viles placed 9th in the freestyle (skate) race, earning each a ticket to the Meet of Champions where the top skiers from all four divisions in the state will compete against each other in a skiathlon.
Meanwhile, Logan Burnham’s performance in both the morning classical race and the afternoon skate competition earned him second place overall as a Division II skimeister. Skimeisters compete all season in both downhill and cross country disciplines, and the final place order is determined by combining times from the slalom, giant slalom, freestyle, and classical races in the Alpine and Nordic state meets.
Scoring for ConVal in the boys morning classical race were Viles, captain and senior Rowan Inglis, Avery Pope, Philip Pope, Burnham, and Sam Rousseau. On the girls side, Bull was followed by captain Cami Hendrixson, Eva Calcutt, Abby Hendrixson, Margot Kratzenberg, and Isabel Badrawy. In the afternoon skate competition, Viles led the way followed by Ingliis, Avery Pope, Lewis Carlton, Burnham, and Rousseau. On the girls side, Bull was the first Cougar to cross the finish line, leading Calcutt, Cami Hendrixson, Gwen Inglis, Abby Hendrixson, and Eme Tyler-Wall.
Viles and Bull, also members of the NH U16 team, plan to compete in the Meet of Champions scheduled to be held on Tuesday afternoon March 10, 4 PM, at the Dublin Nordic Center.