Archive for February, 2009
The 2nd Mathias Jessup Bartels benefit cross-country race and tour was held this Sunday, February 15th, at Mt. Greylock Regional High School. The school’s trails and fields had held enough snow for what ended up being some quality classic skiing–some klister required. The 6 kilometer race course was fairly flat, and saw several competitors brave the terrain in skate equipment, double-poling the entire race, including some battles on the uphills. Topher Sabot edged Nick Fogel for the 6 kilometer victory, a short distance ahead of third-place finisher Matt Voisin. The women’s field was led by Jen Mygatt, followed by Andrea Fisher and Camille Robertson. The well-attended race attracted over 70 competitors for a fast, sunny ski. A touring option was also available for the 6k race course.
The 2 kilometer race sailed off a short time later, at 11 o’clock, and provided a chance for families, beginners, and youngsters to showcase their talents in a shorter course. In a close battle, Will Nolan and Alex Harrington tied for the victory.
Racers and spectators were greeted inside by a significant spread of waffles and other baked goods as prizes were awarded. A bevy of gifts were available as rewards across age category and distance, gifts donated by various businesses including The Mill on the Floss, Overland, Fasterskier.com, Pappa Charlie’s, and many more. All told, close to $2500 was raised to benefit the Mathias Jessup Bartels Memorial Scholarship Fund. 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 at Mt. Greylock who exhibits the integrity, kindness, and commitment to excellence shown by Mathias.
A sincere thank you goes out to those who donated prizes as well as to the skiers, spectators,cheering squads, timers, starters, finishers, flag setters, flag wavers, waffle makers, waffle eaters, food providers, cleaner uppers, signer uppers, good looking parents, better looking kids, and fabulous coaches, from the grateful Bartels family and from the entire Mt. Greylock Nordic Ski community. The event was one of good cheer, good weather, good competition, and good company–all in the name of an amazing cause.
We’re on for Sunday… it looks like we kept enough snow to pull off the event. We look forward to seeing you all there for the 10:00 am start.
Warm temperatures were the order of the day for today’s Massachusetts Nordic State Championships in Windsor, MA at the Notchview Ski Reservation. 250 racers wearing t-shirts, tank tops, and even bathing suits skated around the 7.5k course as the sun emerged and the snow softened throughout the day.
The 2nd Mathias Jessup Bartels benefit cross-country ski race and tour will be held on Sunday, February 15th, at 10AM at Mt. Greylock Regional High School. In the event of limited snow coverage at Mt. Greylock, check massnordic.com for race updates.
The event will feature a 5km classical race, a 2km race for beginners, and a lollipop race for young kids. Skiers of all ages and abilities are welcome.
Prizes will be awarded to overall and age category winners. A $15.00 donation is suggested at day of race registration. All proceeds benefit the Mathias Jessup Bartels Memorial Scholarship Fund. Checks can be made out to: Mt. Greylock Regional High School – M.J. Bartels Scholarship Fund.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Matt at email@example.com.
On a course which previewed the first few kilometers and the final one and a half kilometers of Wednesday’s states race the Berkshire League once again went to battle. In the girls individual race it was Northfield Mount Hermon’s Maggie Fellows, skiing in the first wave, who captured the top spot on the podium by picking up four seconds on Mount Greylock’s Mackenzie Hitchcock over the last kilometer. Fellows finished with a time of 15:21 edging Hitchock by one second. Mount Greylock’s Jackie Lemme once again showed that she enjoyes the challenging climbs of Notchview by rounding out the top three 25 seconds off the pace set by Fellows. The Mountie girls showed that they are ready for Wednesday by placing there four scorers in the top six and six in the top ten.
In the boy’s race Patrick Joslin of Mount Greylock completed the perfect league season by blazing through the short course in a time of 12:21. Lenox’s Bill Prescott showed that he is peaking perfectly for states by finishing second just 25 seconds off of Joslin’s time and the Mountie’s Cary White continued his impressive season by taking the final podium spot. The race of the day was seen in the first wave where Lenox’s Donnie Miller hung on to the draft of fourth place finisher Dylan Dethier, of Mount Greylock, to take fifth place, a career best. The MG boys continued their winning ways by placing their fourth skier Greg Karabinos in eigth.
All the work has been done, now it is all about resting well for states. Good luck everyone!
Click the (more…) link to get results and photos from today’s race.
Congratulation to those skiers that will be representing Massachusetts at the EHS and J2 Championships. We are equally proud of all the skiers that made the teams as well as those that have worked so hard, but came up just short.
ma-j2-boys-team-list (Updated 2-4-09, 9:00am)