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Archive for January, 2009

Berkshire Nordic League Freestyle Mass Start Race

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

Notchview hosted today’s 6k freestyle race, suitably recovered from the ice storm that ravaged the area earlier in the winter. Successful and timely grooming packed down the fresh coating of new-fallen snow in time for the boy’s varsity mass start. The race was strategic from the beginning, with a pack of 11 skiers gradually breaking away from the field. Just over halfway into the race, eventual winner Patrick Joslin made a slight break from the chase pack en route to his 5th consecutive league victory. The chase pack of four skiers finished less than ten seconds later, with Mt. Greylock’s Dylan Dethier, Lenox’s Bill Prescott, Greylock’s Cary White, and Wahconah’s Kyle Dempsey taking spots 2-5. Mt. Greylock took the team competition with 13 points, while Lenox was second with 31. On the girls’ side, Mackenzie Hitchcock of Mt. Greylock notched her second victory of the year, leading the Mounties to victory with the help of a third-place finish from Jackie Lemme. Posting her strongest finish of the year and finishing just three seconds behind the leader was Northfield-Mount Hermon’s Maggie Fellows, in second place. Mt. Greylock had the low team score with 20, followed by Lenox’s 41. Matt Cheung of Mt. Greylock claimed the JV race on the boys’ side while Lenox’s Josie Marshall won on the girls’ side

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MA All State Individual Classic Championships / EHS and J2 Qualifier

Friday, January 30th, 2009

Here is the course map and start list for Sunday’s race at Mount Greylock.  The base is slightly transformed granualar and we had several inches of powder fall this evening.  Temperatures should be down near 10ºF over Saturday night into Sunday morning, but then rise to just below freezing by race time… should make for some interesting waxing.

J2/EHS Race Course and BKL Loop

Girls Start List

Boys Start List

MA All State Individual Freestyle Championships

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

Skiers from across the state met for the first time this year at the Weston Ski Track for the first of two J2/Eastern High School Qualifier. The 6 kilometer course consisted of two laps of rolling V2 terrain and provided for some fast skiing. The race format, waves of four every fifteen seconds, allowed for a variety of strategies and tactics, as pack skiing showed to be successful. Lincoln-Sudbury teammates Isaac Hoenig and Chris Stock skied away with the boys’ race, with top J2 qualifier Jackson Rich of Andover following in 3rd. On the girls’ side, Lincoln Sudbury’s Corey Stock and Newton-South’s Olga Golovkina broke away from the field to claim the top two spots, while Wellesley’s Hannah Smith rounded out the podium. Corey Stock was also the top J2 qualifier for the girls.

Boys’ first wave, photo courtesy of David Dethier.

Boys’ Overall Results

Boys’ EHS Results

Boys’ J2 Results

Girls’ Overall Results

Girls’ EHS Results

Girls’ J2 Results

More photos courtesy of Jaime Doucett here.

Berkshire Nordic League Sprint Race

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

The Berkshire League continued with another new format this week holding its first ever sprint race.  There were many challenges including two fast corners, the ‘Headwall’, ice and dry windblown snow, but throughout the biggest challenge was the fierce competition.  At the end, however, not much changed at the top of the leader board.  In the girls’ race Mount Greylock once again showed their depth in the A Final with Laura Nolan, Mackenzie Hitchcock and Allegra Robertson all pushing the pace at the front for the first half of the race.  On the ‘Headwall’, however, it was Lenox’s Sara Plager who took charge and did not let up until she crossed the line with the clear victory.  Mount Greylock took the next four spots led by senior Camille Robertson.  In the boys race Mount Greylock’s senior captains Patrick Joslin and Dylan Dethier outpaced the rest of the field finishing first and second respectively.  Mount Greylock’s Jordan Tuboly overtook Waconah’s Mason Bushway and Kyle Dempsey for third to give the Mounties the indisputable victory.

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League Race – Mount Greylock High School – Classic Mass Start

Monday, January 19th, 2009

Mt Greylock continued its winning ways on the snow today with victories on both the boys’ and girls’ sides of the 7 kilometer mass start race. Led by race winner Mackenzie Hitchcock, the Mountie girls logged their most dominant victory this season, claiming 7 of the top 8 spaces. The real surprise came in the boys’ race, which saw a surging Wahconah team challenge Greylock in a nail-biting 20-21 Mountie win. Patrick Joslin took the top spot for the third straight week, but Warriors Kyle Dempsey and Terrence Fowler claimed the final podium spots, spurring their team to its best finish in recent years.

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League Race – Mohawk High School

Saturday, January 10th, 2009

Thank you, Mohawk.  Very fast course.  Cold temperatures.  We tried out a different start method today:  individual starts separated by 15 seconds each seeded based on last week’s race.

Boys Varsity Individual
Boys Varsity Team
Girls Varsity Individual

Girls Varsity Team
Boys Junior Varsity
Girls Junior Varsity

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League Race – Prospect Mountain

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

League opener.  Welcome back!

We found a few errors with the results – name changes mostly.  Sorry about that.

Boys Varsity
Girls Varsity
Boys Team
Girls Team
Boys JV
Girls JV