Tiger, Eagle cross country skiers compete at Harwood

WARREN — The Middlebury Union High School Nordic ski team and two Mount Abraham independents skied at a meet hosted by Harwood on Feb. 8, with the highlights a third-place finish by the Tiger boys in a five-team competition and five top-10 finishes by Tiger and Eagle skiers.

In the boys’ race, Eagle Lorenzo Atocha had the best finish, taking sixth, one place ahead of Eliot Schneider and Trey Bosworth from MUHS, who tied for seventh.

Lia Robinson led the Tiger girls by finishing sixth.

Several Tiger racers sat out the 5-kilometer races, which were held between two regional events held the weekends before and after and were not affiliated with their high school programs.

Champlain Valley won the boys’ event with 19 points, followed by Mount Mansfield, 33; MUHS, 42; Harwood, 67; and Spaulding, 86. CVU’s Matthew Servin won the race in 11:33.

CVU also prevailed in a closer four-team girls’ race with 24 points, edging out MMU at 30. Harwood, 42, and MUHS, 60, trailed. CVU’s Emma Crum, a Bristol resident, won in 13:37.9.

The Eagles and top five Tigers in the boys’ race were: 6. Lorenzo Atocha, Mt. Abe, 12:47.6; 7. Schneider and Bosworth, MUHS, 12:59.4; 10. Abel Atocha, Mt. Abe, 13:01.1; 11. Haakon Olson, MUHS, 13:10.6; 25. Ben Munkres, MUHS; 26. Matthew Berg, MUHS, 13:43.5.

The top five Tigers in the girls’ race were: 7. Robinson, 14.37.2; 16. Ella Landis, 15:28.3; 18. Naomi Brightman, 15:34.4; 31. Ari Graham-Gurland, 17:07.5; 33. Dahlia Harrison-Irwin, 17:20.7.

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