Tiger Nordic off to strong start

EAST MONTPELIER — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ Nordic ski team opened its season last week with wins at U-32 and Woodstock, while the Tiger girls posted some strong individual results.
The Tiger boys edged host U-32 on Saturday, 40-42, in a 13-team freestyle meet featuring some Division I competition. Champlain Valley (46) took third, and Mount Mansfield (69) was fourth. The MUHS girls were 11th at 144 points in an event won easily by U-32 with 24 points.
On Thursday, Jan. 7, the Tiger boys took four of the top five places and coasted to a win in a smaller freestyle meet at Woodstock, with Sam Hodges and Nick Wilkerson finishing one-two just a second apart. In the girls’ race, Tiger Amelia Ingersoll cracked the top 10 in seventh, as did Mount Abraham independent Morgan Pratt in eighth.
In East Montpelier, Hodges came in second (14:50.99) behind winner Greg Burt of Mount Mansfield (14:06.71).
Also scoring for the Tiger boys in their two-point win over the host Raiders were Wilkerson (fifth in 15:12.32), Thomas Hussey (14th in 15:49.26) and Cade Christner (16:21.40).
Ingersoll was the top Tiger girl, taking 20th in 20:02.67, followed by Isabel Rosenberg (34th in 20:54.67), Katherine Koehler (36th in 21:13.48) and Kate Oster (54th in 22:48.81).
Pratt came in just outside the top 20 in 23rd (20:04.03).
The Tigers dominated at Woodstock. Behind Hodges (13:20) and Wilkerson (13:21), Hussey took third (13:45) and Christner finished fifth (14:16) as the Tigers were a point away from a perfect score.
The Tiger girls scored 59 points. Exact team standings were unavailable, but they apparently finished behind Woodstock, Rutland, Brattleboro and Burr & Burton.
Ingersoll finished in 17:01 in taking seventh, and Pratt was right behind (17:05) in eighth.
For the Tigers, Koehler took 12th (17:47), Oster finished 19th (19:44), and Signi Livingstone-Peters was 21st (21:04).
Two Otter Valley girls also competed in Woodstock. Sophie Wood was 34th (21:47), and Emma Cijka finished 36th (21:52). 

MIDDLEBURY NORDIC SKIERS Amelia Ingersoll helped her team to a strong finish at U-32 Saturday.
Courtesy photo/Jill Madden

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