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Tigers Hodges and Volz win in three-day Nordic event

CHITTENDEN COUNTY — Middlebury Union High School Nordic skiers Sam Hodges and Ursula Volz were the individual winners of the three-day Tour De Chittenden, which drew competitors from 13 schools around northern Vermont to races held this past Thursday, Saturday and Monday.
Volz swept all three of her events, Thursday’s 2.5-kilometer skate race in Colchester, Saturday’s 3K classic race on the Sleepy Hollow course in Huntington, and Monday’s uphill climb hosted by Cochran’s Ski Area in Richmond. Her three-day total time of 30:05 bested second-place finisher Marika Massey-Bierman of Burlington by 36 seconds.
Hodges won Monday’s climb, took second in Saturday’s 5K and finished seventh in Thursday’s skate race. His three-day combined time of 25:35 edged Burlington’s Gaelen Kilburn by seven seconds for the victory.
Division I Champlain Valley edged the D-II Tiger boys, 36-38, for the team title, with another D-II team, U-32, taking third with 59 points. They were followed by Mount Mansfield Union (MMU), 63; Essex, 113; Stowe, 117; Colchester, 119; Burlington, 132; Fairfax, 185; and St Albans, 198.
Also scoring for the Tiger boys were Tom Hussey (fourth), Cade Christner (12th) and Julian Schmitt (21st). Also competing for the Tiger boys were Harlow Punderson, Tobias Broucke and Owen Palcsik.
The Tiger girls finished third with 61 points behind MMU (22) and CVU (40). They were followed by BHS, 81; Essex, 100; U32, 105; CHS, 126; St Albans, 142; and Fairfax, 230. Skiers from South Burlington and Montpelier also raced.
Also scoring for the Tiger girls were Amelia Ingersoll (17th), Kate Oster (18th) and Caroline Kimble (25th). Also racing for MUHS were Malia Hodges, Katherine Koehler and Claire Wulfman.
The top three overall boys’ finishers and the Tiger scorers’ results were: 1. Hodges, MUHS, 25:35; 2. Kilburn, 25:42; 3. Tyler Marshall, CVU, 25:44; 4. Hussey, MUHS, 26:19; 12. Christner, MUHS, 27:54; 21. Schmitt, MUHS, 28:46.
The top three overall girls’ finishers and the Tiger scorers’ results were: 1. Volz, MUHS, 30:05; 2. Massey-Bierman, BHS; 30:41; 3. Sammie Nolan, MMU, 32:01; 17. Ingersoll, MUHS, 35:12; 18. Oster, MUHS, 35:25; 25. Kimble, MUHS, 36:10.
DAY ONE RACING
At Colchester on day one, the top girls’ team scores for the 2.5 kilometer skate-style race were MMU, 22; CVU, 55; MUHS, 58; U-32, 81; and Burlington, 91.
The top girls’ finishers on were 1. Volz, MUHS, 6:54; 2. Massey-Bierman, BHS; 3. Nolan, MMU.
Also scoring for the Tigers were Ingersoll, Hodges and Koehler.
On day one, the top boys’ team scores were: U-32, 35; CVU, 38; MUHS, 48; MMU, 70; and Stowe, 96.
The boys’ top finishers were: 1. Marshall, CVU 5:58. 2. Hussey, MUHS; 3. Eli Grossman, SBHS; 7. Hodges, MUHS.
Also scoring for the Tigers were Punderson and Schmitt.   TIGERS JULIAN SCHMIDT, left, and Harlow Punderson, right, compete during the three-day Tour de Chittenden Nordic meet held last Thursday, Saturday and Monday. Photo by Spencer Harris
DAY TWO RACING
On day two’s 3K classical race, the girls’ team scores were: MMU, 21; MUHS, 44; CVU, 55; U-32, 77; Burlington, 94; Essex, 122; Colchester, 131; St. Albans, 185; and Fairfax, 237.
The top finishers were: 1. Volz, MUHS, 16:26; 2. Massey-Bierman, BHS; 3. Ali Prignac, MMU; and 7. Malia Hodges, MUHS.
Also scoring for the Tigers were Ingersoll and Kate Oster.
On day two, the top boys’ team scores were: U-32, 38; MUHS, 41; CVU, 42; MMU, 66; and Essex, 123.
The boys’ finishers were: 1. Kilburn, BHS, 14:04; 2. Hodges, MUHS; 3. Henry Hoffert, U-32; 5. Hussey, MUHS.
Also scoring for the Tigers were Punderson and Schmitt.
DAY THREE RACING
For day three’s hill climb, the MMU girls won with 27 points, followed by CVU, 32; MUHS, 60; BHS, 78; and Essex, 93.
The top finishers were Volz, MUHS, 6:45; Massey-Bierman, BHS; and Nolan, MMU.
Kimball, Oster and Ingersoll also scored for MUHS.
The CVU boys won with 25 points followed by MUHS, 38; U-32, 52; MMU, 72; and Stowe, 105.
The top finishers were 1. Hodges, MUHS, 5:03; 2. Marshall, CVU; 3. Kilburn, BHS; and 6. Christner, MUHS.
Hussey and Schmitt rounded out the Tiger scorers as the Tour de Chittenden wrapped up. 

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