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Berkshire League, Race 4

Berkshire League – Boys Varsity Final Results 13116 Sheet1

Berkshire League – Girls Varsity Final Results 13116 Sheet1

Berkshire League – Girls Varsity Final Results 13116 Sheet2

Berkshire League – Boys JV Final Results 13116

Berkshire League – Girls JV Final Results 13116

Berkshire League – Beginner Results Race IV

Ski for Scholarship: Mathias J. Bartels Community Nordic Ski Race 2016

Mathias Jessup Bartels

Mathias Jessup Bartels

The 8th annual Mathias Jessup Bartels benefit cross-country ski race and tour will be held on Sunday, February 21st, at 11:30 AM at Mt. Greylock Regional High School.

The event will feature a 2.5 km kids’/beginner’s race, a lollipop race for young children, and a 6 km classic race. Races are suitable for all ages and abilities.

Prizes will be awarded to overall and age category winners. A $15.00 donation is requested at day of race registration. All proceeds benefit the Mathias Jessup Bartels Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Mt. Greylock Nordic Ski Team. Checks can be made out to: Mt. Greylock Regional High School – M.J. Bartels Scholarship Fund.

In the event of limited snow coverage at Mt. Greylock, check http://blogs.fasterskier.com/bnsc/ for race updates.

Mathias was an outstanding young man – a scholar, athlete, and leader of his class. He was a high school junior and standout member of the Mt. Greylock Nordic Ski Team when he died in his sleep on January 31, 2004 of sudden cardiac arrest due to a heart arrhythmia of unknown cause. The Mathias Jessup Bartels Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to a graduating senior who exhibits the integrity, kindness, and commitment to excellence shown by Mathias.

 

For more information, please email Hilary at hgreene@williams.edu.

Massachusetts State EHS / U16 Qualifier Results

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Girls

Teams

Berkshire League Race #3

Berkshire Nordic League Results – January 23, 2016 – Boys’ Varsity

Berkshire Nordic League Results – January 23, 2016 – Girls’ Varsity

Berkshire Nordic League Results – January 23, 2016 – Boys’ Junior Varsity

Berkshire Nordic League Results – January 23, 2016 – Girls’ Junior Varsity

Berkshire Nordic League Results – January 23, 2016 – Beginner

Toko Wax Recommendations for Massachusetts EHS and U16 Qualifier

Toko Wax Recommendations for Massachusetts EHS and U16 Qualifier

Results MBW XC Race #1

2016 MBW Results Race 1

Berkshire League Race #2 Results

Berkshire League Race at Berkshire East

Girls Varsity Results Race II

Boys Varsity Results Race II

Girls JV Results Race II

Boys JV Results Race II

Berkshire League Race #1 Results

Berkshire Nordic League Results – January 14, 2016 – Boys’ Varsity

Berkshire Nordic League Results – January 14, 2016 – Girls’ Varsity

Berkshire Nordic League Results – January 14, 2016 – Boys’ Junior Varsity

Berkshire Nordic League Results – January 14, 2016 – Girls’ Junior Varsity

Revised Schedule for Mathias Race

The schedule for tomorrow is:

11:00 Race registration is open in the school cafeteria

12:30 Lollipop Race (approx. 150 meters) and 2.5K

1:00 – 6K

2:00ish – Awards
Can’t wait to see you all there.

Wellesley Girls and Mount Greylock Boys Take Top Honors at Massachusetts State Championship

Massachusetts State Championship – 2-11-15 – BOYS

Massachusetts State Championship – 2-11-15 – GIRLS

Due to Extreme Cold, Mathias Race Rescheduled to Sunday, March 1st

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Ski for Scholarship: Mathias J. Bartels Community Nordic Ski Race 2015

Mathias Jessup Bartels

Mathias Jessup Bartels

The 7th annual Mathias Jessup Bartels benefit cross-country ski race and tour will be held on Sunday, February 15th, at 11:30 AM at Mt. Greylock Regional High School.

The event will feature a 2.5 km kids’/beginner’s race, a lollipop race for young children, and a 6 km classic race. Races are suitable for all ages and abilities.

Prizes will be awarded to overall and age category winners. A $15.00 donation is requested at day of race registration. All proceeds benefit the Mathias Jessup Bartels Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Mt. Greylock Nordic Ski Team. Checks can be made out to: Mt. Greylock Regional High School – M.J. Bartels Scholarship Fund.

In the event of limited snow coverage at Mt. Greylock, check http://blogs.fasterskier.com/bnsc/ for race updates.

Mathias was an outstanding young man – a scholar, athlete, and leader of his class. He was a high school junior and standout member of the Mt. Greylock Nordic Ski Team when he died in his sleep on January 31, 2004 of sudden cardiac arrest due to a heart arrhythmia of unknown cause. The Mathias Jessup Bartels Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to a graduating senior who exhibits the integrity, kindness, and commitment to excellence shown by Mathias.

For more information, please email Hilary at hgreene@williams.edu.

Berkshire Regular Season Concludes In Style

Berkshire Leage Race 2-7-15 – Varsity Boys

Berkshire Leage Race 2-7-15 – Varsity Girls

Berkshire Leage Race 2-7-15 – JV Boys

Berkshire Leage Race 2-7-15 – JV Girls

Massachusetts EHS/U16 Qualifier Results

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Frozen Block Launch or Frigid Mass Start, You Decided

Berkshire League Race 1-31-15 – Varsity Boys

Berkshire League Race 1-31-15 – Varsity Girls

Berkshire League Race 1-31-15 – JV Boys

Berkshire League Race 1-31-15 – JV Girls

Greylock Defends Home Course in Mass

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Berkshire Leage Race 1-17-15 – Varsity Boys

Berkshire Leage Race 1-17-15 – Varsity Girls

Berkshire Leage Race 1-17-15 – JV Boys

Berkshire Leage Race 1-17-15 – JV Girls

Berkshire Nordic Ski Race at Mount Greylock Aerial Footage

Brrrrerkshire League Continues at Prospect Mountain

Snow Time Like Race Time

Co-written by Ian Culnane and William Nolan

After missing the second race of the season last Saturday due to lack of snow, the skiers of the Berkshire Nordic Ski League were eager to get racing again back at Prospect Mountain in Woodford, Vermont. With many athletes returning from winter break, sixty-four new skiers were added to the starting lists, with boosts coming from Northfield Mount Hermon (NMH) and Berkshire Country Day School (BCD) who both missed the first race. NMH, a private school in central Massachusetts, adds strong skiing and competition while BCD brings positive energy and enthusiasm.

The frigid air and snowy skies made the walk from the buses to the entrance of the Prospect lodge daunting. Like Barney Stinson, teams “suited up” in preparation for the single digit temperatures. No team was more crafty than the Millionaires who reinforced the insides of their race suits with duct tape to protect themselves from the painful wrath of windburn. The freezing bodies of skiers were warmed by the camaraderie of competitors, like Shannon Meisberger from Lenox, who cheerfully delivered high-fives to all.

The varsity skiers traversed a roughly 7K two lap course covered with lovely groomed snow, which was quite a turnaround from the bare and icy conditions of last week. JV skiers raced on an identical layout, less the second lap, for a total of 4.5 kilometers. The cold temperatures created slower trails, however, making the wave-style race a little more strenuous, both physically and mentally. In addition, the course-makers added a slightly longer finishing loop, bringing skiers flying out of Woodpecker and into the crowd mobbing the Prospect arena around the finish chute. All in all, the new course (free from non-racing skiers) allowed for a technical and enjoyable tour of the scenic ski area.

On the boys side, we saw very similar results to the league race eleven days ago. A tight pack led the varsity standings, with Mount Greylock’s William Nolan and Ian Culnane, NMH skier Estevan Velez, and Greylock’s Matthew Wiseman all finishing within fourteen seconds. Rounding out the top 10 were MG skiers Jake Kobrin (5th), Jonathan Driver (6th), Jake Foehl (7th), Joseph Gais (8th) and Thomas Schoorlemmer (10th). Sneaking into the 9th spot was Amherst skier Willie Wright, a freshman who is sure to stake his claim in the top ten in future races this season and beyond. Commendable performances also came from NMH skier Toby Weed, Hoosac Valley’s Jared Haley and Lenox skier Matas Rudzinskas, who all duked it out to the end; finishing within six seconds of each other and claiming places 11 through 13. Perhaps the biggest improvement came from Wahconah athlete Moses Greenspan who moved up an impressive eight spots from race one. Matthew Rabasco, top skier for Taconic/PHS and a strong cross country runner, made a valiant stab at a top twenty finish, a feat for which his parents will reward him with a brand new pair of skis (or so he says). In the team standings Greylock took first with 12 points, NMH second with 37 points, while Amherst edged out Wahconah 60 to 63 for the last spot on the podium.

In the girls’ varsity race, MG’s Grace Smith (29:07) dominated again pulling away from the field to finish nearly two minutes ahead of her Mohawk’s Alison Lull (30:57) skiing out of the third wave. A Greylock triumvirate of Sophie Gerry, Greta Savitsky, and Christina Butcher completed the top five finishers. Just five seconds out of fifth were Wahconah’s Stacey Tutela and Lenox’s Alice Huth respectively who both put in their strongest performances to date. NMH’s Loulou Tanski (8th) and MG’s Ellie Williams and Niku Darafshi rounded out the top ten. Greylock earned a team score of 12 followed by NMH with 51, Mohawk with 65 and Amherst with 67.

As the boys and girls JV races got underway, the sun emerged from its doldrums, warming up the temperature for all the racers to enjoy the skiing without fear of losing all feeling in their appendages. In the boys’ race first year MG skier Sam Kobrin skied away with the win on the 4.5k course. After the downhill team was cut from MG this year, Sam decided not to give up ski racing and transferred to the Nordic team, joining his twin brother Jake. Following close behind Sam was a swarm of MG skiers led by eighth grader Jakin Miller (who fought his way to second from the last wave), last race winner Zach Armet, junior Graham Kaegi and junior Samuel Swoap.

In the JV girls’ race, the defending gold and silver medalists flip-flopped from the last competition, with Greylock’s Emma Polumbo (Freshman) charging to victory in a time of 20:45, closely followed by Brandi Gil (7th grade). Behind Brandi was Catherine Cavalli, making her Nordic racing debut by started in the last wave, and nearly passing the entire field to claim third place. The third girl to cross the line was Tenley Smith (unrelated to Grace and Margo Smith, Zeke Smith, and Owen Tucker-Smith), tackling her first race of the year. More strong showings came from fifth place finisher Ariel Dupras, Mohawk competitor Mae Rice-Lesure (6th), MG’s Rosie Walter and Emily Lescarbeau (7th and 8th), and NMH’s Isobel Rountree and Emma Lindale (9th and 10th).

The strength of the League and the popularity of Nordic skiing showed in the total number of competitors with 249 athletes participating. Due to limited training opportunities, the next Berkshire County League race will be changed from a classic-style competition to a freestyle race hosted by and held at Mt. Greylock Regional High School. Though Greylock will probably need a little help from Mother Nature before this race can be realized, the league will keep its hopes high to ski at a new venue and to continue enjoying New England winters in the most integrated and fulfilling way.

Results:

Berkshire League Race 1-10-15 – Varsity Boys

Berkshire League Race 1-10-15 – Varsity Girls

Berkshire League Race 1-10-15 – JV Boys

Berkshire League Race 1-10-15 – JV Girls

Berkshire League Kicks Off

The Berkshire League got its 2014/15 campaign underway at Prospect Mountain on Tuesday.

 

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6th Annual Ski For Scholarship: Mathias Jessup Bartels Community Nordic Ski Race

By Thomas “Chi City” Schoorlemmer and Jake “Jakey-boy” Kobrin

Racers were all smiles at the 6th Annual Mathias Bartels Scholarship race last Sunday as they began lining up for the 6K – the first race of the day. Skiers and spectators alike were present to celebrate the life of Mathias Bartels and to support the scholarship fund in his name. The Mathias Jessup Bartels Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to a graduating senior who exhibits the integrity, kindness, and commitment to excellence shown by Mathias. Entrants in the race included Berkshire alums, coaches, former Olympians, second graders, and High School skiers and their families. Most people were looking to have a fun day out on skis, and for many Mount Greylock alums, that meant proving that they’re still the baddest Nordic skiers around. Some of the County’s fastest skiers duked it out for over six kilometers of rolling hills, sharp climbs, and welcomed descents. Evan Dethier, Topher Sabot, Will Kirby, Nick Fogel, and Will Nolan all fought for the title of the best Greylock skier. They were joined by a contingent of Northfield Mount Herman, Lenox, Wahconah, Hoosac, and Mohawk racers, as well as many other Mountie teammates and skiers from the tri-state region.

Hiram Greene, the unofficial-official Spirit of Winter and course groomer, was recruited to start the race.  After he roared “Go!”, the course was a flurry of snow as the racers struggled to advance their position without having much hard snow to pole on. This was thanks to 18” of new snow that fell consistently the two days prior to the event. A lead pack formed just after the start but spread out by the top of apple tree hill where Mathias’ monument stands. As the top skiers distanced themselves from each other, the next group of racers attempted to maintain their place, making dicey passes in tight situations. Behind the leaders, family members moseyed along, happily following in the racers tracks. The Lenox Ski team helped a previously injured teammate though the course from start to finish. This care and kindness is what the Mathias race is truly about. Families and friends had a great time sharing their love of Nordic skiing while supporting the Bartels’ family and the memory of Mathias.

The weather could not have been any better with a strong gusty wind petering out just prior to race time. A bright blue sky, fresh snow, and smiling Nordies made the event a joy for all. When Evan Dethier glided effortlessly into the finish, a large group of supporters were on hand to congratulate him for his win. Next came Topher Sabot, Northfield Mount Herman’s Estevan Velez and Henry Colt, and recently graduated “out of shape” Greylock skier Will Kirby. Greylock’s Grace Smith beat out her mom, Brenda Smith, by one second to be the first female finisher. They claimed 16th and 17th places respectively.

The next race was the 3k, which saw Michael Virgilio, Luke Sedor Protti, and Devon Mikaniewicz take the gold, silver, and bronze in the boys’ division. The girls’ 3K race was claimed by Heidi Peterson who also participated in the 6K. Clarissa Pollard and Louisa Kimball took second and third. 76 year old Grandma Fisher skied the course right alongside seven year old Phoebe Barnes showing how Nordic skiing can unite those of all ages and abilities. With skiers still milling around from the previous race, these finishers received a strong cheer when they crossed the finish line.

Leigh Niedeck and Thane Adams charged through the lollipop course presenting one of the cutest sights of the day. Leigh showed off both her classic and skating techniques en route to first place.

The Olympic theme music and announcing by Mark Santella provided special inspiration to the racers. After the races had finished, everyone made their way inside to eat delicious chili and baked goods. Participants perused the table of fabulous prizes, soon to be awarded to the top finishers in a variety of age categories. These racers could choose from Camelbacks, Swix duffels, waxing kits, and even top notch technical outerwear. But probably the most coveted prize was quickly grabbed by Matt Voisin of FasterSkier fame: the highly sought-after “Tower of Bunnies.” What age category he won, we’re not entirely sure, but he certainly won in the prize department.

After the standings were announced and the prizes claimed, Philip Bartels gave a heartfelt speech about his brother Mathias, and thanked all of the participants, organizers, and sponsors who made this amazing event possible. The Greylock Ski Team, in turn, presented a team card to the Bartels family.

All were appreciative of the Bartels’ family’s efforts and the volunteers who organized such a great race for the whole community. Mathias is a reminder to us all to never take anything for granted and to live our lives to the fullest everyday. Races like this one help us focus on what really matters – family, friends, and community (and good ‘ole Nordic skiing!).

Complete Mathias race results 2014