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Greylock Wins Team Titles, Cannon and Holdman Win Individual Crowns at State Championship

Olivia Cannon (Dover-Sherborn) on her way to becoming the state champion.

By: Luke Costley and Josh Harrington

The girls’ race kicked off the competition at this morning’s Massachusetts State Championships, as skiers from thirteen different schools took to the course at Prospect Mountain in Woodford, Vermont. The girls worked hard throughout the 7.2-kilometer race, pushing themselves over a series of Prospect’s longest hills and down the subsequently challenging descents. The freshly fallen snow, a novelty in this mild winter, was another factor, as it could be squirrelly in spots, and powdery in others. But paying little mind to the difficult conditions, the girls put forth tremendous efforts across the board; their fierce competition set the tone for the rest of the day’s races.

The first wave of racers took off around 11:00 am, and from the gun, Mohawk’s Brenna Keogh set a blistering pace only the best could hang onto. Keogh crossed the line clear of her wave in an elapsed time of 27:07, ultimately fast enough for third place, and the lowest step of the podium. The race’s individual champion was Olivia Cannon of Dover-Sherborn, skiing out of the second wave to capture the title in a time of 26:20. She was followed by Julia Schiantarelli of Newton North in second place with a time of 26:50. For Cannon, the top result highlighted a year of improvement. At last year’s State meet she was fourteenth overall, making this year’s victory all the more impressive.

In terms of the team championship, the Mount Greylock girls’ team proved once again that they are the team to beat. The girls won for the fifth straight year, and kept Head Coach Hiram Greene smiling throughout the post-race celebrations. The team was lead by Mackenzie Hitchcock in fourth, and Laura Nolan in seventh. Both senior girls have been a part of all five state titles, but know they have the support from lower grades to keep the winning tradition alive.

Lincoln-Sudbury's Greg Holdman nearing the finish as the boy's champion.

On the boys’ side of things, it was clear before the race that the individual crown would be worn by one of six individuals.  Those six skiers were all stacked in the second and third waves.  Through warming, challenging conditions they battled for top accolades.  With a kilometer to go Lincoln-Sudbury’s Greg Holdman and Calvin Wight, from Concord Carlisle, were even based on splits at the top of this relentless course’s final climb. When all was said and done, it was Holdman, who came from the third wave to take home the top honors in a break out race, and finished with a time of 20:57. Second place went to Wight, with a time of 21:00, who led the second wave only to be edged out by Holdman. Josh Harrington, the first of four Mt. Greylock finishers in the top eight, rounded out the podium in third with a time of 21:27.

Next, in 4th was Dover-Sherborn’s Rion O’Grady coming in one second ahead of Amherst’s Sidney Field at 21:35 and 21:36 respectively. Finishing in 6th, Luke Costley led a three man contingent of Mt. Greylock skiers with a time of 21:53. Following Costley, in 7th and 8th were brothers Aaron and Warren Taylor, who completed the Greylock top 4 with times of 22:35 and 22:40. One second back, Nick Reitman and Lewis Nottonson battled in a sprint finish taking 9th and 10th with times of 22:41 and 22:42.

In the team results, Mt. Greylock took first place with 24 points. Concord-Carlisle took second with 65 points and Lincoln-Sudbury took third with 78 points.

 

Complete Results:

Girls Individual Results

Girls Team Results

Boys Individual Results

Boys Team Results

 

Photo Gallery of Top Five:

Photos courtesy of Tamara Hitchcock

(A full set of pictures will becoming within a few days, please check back soon)

 

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