CHITTENDEN — The Middlebury Union High School girls’ and boys’ Nordic ski teams ended up taking fourth and fifth, respectively, in Division II at the two-day state championship meet that was completed this week.
The Tiger teams hosted the freestyle legs on Feb. 20 at Rikert Ski Touring Center in Ripton, and the classic races were held in Otter Valley’s back yard in Chittenden at the Mountain Top Inn on Tuesday.
Woodstock swept both the girls’ and boys’ titles.
Tiger skiers cracked the top 20 on both days. On Tuesday, senior Sophie Ryan took 12th in the girls’ classic 5-kilometer race, and senior Max Livingstone-Peters finished 15th in the boys’ classic 5K.
Mount Abraham independent Morgan Pratt also cracked the top 20 in the girls’ classic 5K on Tuesday, finishing 15th.
Freshman Ben Jerome led the OV boys in 28th on Tuesday, and junior Brenna Coombs led the OV girls in 42nd.
On the previous Thursday at Rikert, Livingstone-Peters posted the top Tiger result in the individual freestyle 5K, taking 13th, and sophomore Haven Tate was 18th. Ryan (16th) and freshman Amelia Ingersoll (17th) both posted top-20 finishes for the Tiger girls at Rikert. Also, Pratt finished 18th at Rikert.
At Rikert, Jerome led the OV boys with a 31st-place result, and freshman Sophie Wood led the girls in 57th.
The Tiger girls four-by-2.5-kilometer relay teams took fourth on both days, while the Tiger boys were fourth at Rikert and sixth at Mountain Top.
OV did not compete in the relays or score as a team.
The final girls’ team scores were Woodstock, 65; U-32, 105; Harwood, 162; MUHS, 224; BFA-Fairfax, 260; Burr & Burton, 357; and Lyndon, 425.
The boys’ team scores were Woodstock, 80; U-32, 120: Stowe, 195; Harwood, 203; MUHS, 281; Fairfax, 370; and Lyndon, 413.
On Thursday at Rikert, in the girls’ relay for MUHS, the unit of Ryan, Emily Kiernan, Kate DaPolito and Ingersoll skied to a time of 31:33.0 for fourth. First-place Woodstock’s time of 27.33.3 proved to be faster than even D-I winner CVU. U-32 took second and Harwood was third.
In the 5K freestyle, the top five Tigers were Ryan (16, 18:31.3), Ingersoll (17, 18:43.5), DaPolito (21, 19:19.7), Kiernan (25, 19:38.9) and Julia Rosenberg (26, 19:52.2).
Also skiing for MUHS were Claire Armstrong (38, 21:16.6), Signi Livingstone-Peters (63, 26:17.9) and Zoe Parsons (66, 26:35.9).
Wood led OV by taking 57th in 24:49.4, followed by Jonna Keith (59, 25:20.7), Emma Cijka (61, 25:49.1) and Maria Wiles (68, 27:11.4).
Mount Abe’s Pratt was 18th in 19:00.9.
In the freestyle boys’ relay for MUHS, Livingstone-Peters, Bo Tran, Bob Avery and Tate combined for fifth in 26:41.6. Winning Woodstock’s time was 24:06.5.
Individually in the 5K, the top five Tigers were Livingstone-Peters (13, 15:30.1), Tate (18, 15:53.4), Tran (32, 17:15.2), Avery (41, 17:42.3) and Harlow Punderson (44, 18:03.2)
Also competing for MUHS were Matias Pyle (46, 18:49.8), Ross Crowne (48, 19:14.3) and Parker Castle (55, 20:02.1).
Ben Jerome took 31st for OV in 17:10.9, and Andrew Jerome was 60th in 21:48.3.
On Tuesday at Mountain Top, the Tiger girls’ classic relay team of Ryan, DaPolito, Kiernan and Ingersoll again took fourth, this time in 35:27.8. Woodstock won in 32:33.3.
The top five Tiger girls in the classic 5K were Ryan (12, 19:57.5), Kiernan (24, 21:24.5), Ingersoll (25, 21:27.4), DaPolito (29, 21:55.4) and Rosenberg (32, 22:16.5).
Also skiing were Armstrong (36, 22:57.9), Signi Livingstone-Peters (59, 27:01.5) and Michelle Peterson (60, 27:15.9)
Five skiers vied for OV: Coombs (42, 23:31), Cijka (48, 25:03.6), Keith (53, 25:19.1), Wiles (56, 25:36.9) and Wood (57, 25:53).
Mount Abe’s Pratt skied the course in 20:31.9, finishing 14th.
The Tiger boys’ classic relay team of Livingstone-Peters, Tran, Avery and Tate took sixth in 31:11.4. Woodstock won in 27:48.3.
The top five MUHS boys finishers were Livingstone-Peters (15, 17:17.4), Tate (24, 18:32), Tran (44, 20:02.8), Avery (45, 20:05.3) and Punderson (47, 20:14.4).
Also skiing were David Dregallo (49, 20:47.6), Matias Pyle (21:12.2), and Henry Ganey (21:46.8).
Skiing for OV were Ben Jerome (28, 18:48.9), Isaac Roberts (48, 20:27.9) and Andrew Jerome (65, 26:52.5).
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