Once again photographer Tamara Hitchcock put together a collection of what she saw through her lens at the Massachusetts State Championship last week at Prospect Mountain. Enjoy!
The Mathias Race
By: Evan Dethier
Saturday’s brutal winds and blowing snow gave way to perfect sunny skies for Sunday’s 4th annual Mathias Jessup Bartels Memorial Race. Mount Greylock Regional High School’s trails once again retained enough snow for this late-season race, and double classic tracks were groomed on the entire 3.1km course. A large turn-out boasting racers from several Berkshire County high schools made for a competitive field, and spirits were high with ideal conditions and the positive energy coming from Mark Santella’s color commentary.
By: Luke Costley and Josie Marshall
While the postponement of the race led to some initial disappointment, Wednesday proved to be a perfect day for the 2011 Nordic State Championship. Skiers from all over the state arrived at Notchview Reservation to blue skies, a bright sun, and fast conditions. The ten o’clock start of the girls’ race had skiers grabbing their sunglasses and heading out for a quick warm up on the hilly course.
This year’s course provided a difficult yet fast, exciting race. Skiers aimed to be fully warmed up previous to the race in an effort to stay loose on the gradual downhill of the first kilometer. Skiers also found themselves working up some difficult hills—including on Orchard Trail and, of course, the notorious Shaw Road. Although some complaints of “the most number of hills you could possibly put in a race” were heard, almost all athletes found that the slightly icy snow provided a quick surface that made the hills easier to take. Once both races finished, almost all participants still had the energy to show some final spirit and comradery by having one last dance of the season to “I Gotta Feeling.”
Mount Greylock Winter Carnival
By: Luke Costley
Skiers from all across the state converged on Mount Greylock Regional High School Saturday morning in a festive culmination and celebration of the Berkshire County ski season. The full day of racing offered something for everyone. For varsity skiers, the race served as a chance to qualify for the J2 and EHS post-season teams. For junior varsity skiers, it was their biggest challenge yet, as they covered the 6.75-kilometer course. And for Eastern Mass. skiers joining the league for the qualifiers, it was a glimpse into the way things work on the other side of the state.
By: Alex White
As the season heads towards the final stretch, the trend in results remains the same. A fun Notchview course, coupled with clear, blue skies, provided quite the atmosphere for the racers competing in their third straight classic race. On the boys’ side of things Mt Greylock’s Josh Harrington came away with his third victory, narrowly edging out teammate Matt Cheung by one second. If it weren’t for an untimely fall before the final climb, teammate Luke Costley was in position to rearrange the podium and possibly take the victory. Unfortunately for Costley, the fall cost him some precious seconds and he fell into a third place tie with fellow Mountie Greg Karabinos. Northfield Mount Hermon’s Miles Schelling edged out Greylock’s Alex White to break up any hope the Mounties had of taking the top five spots for the second straight week.
In the girls’ race, Mackenzie Hitchcock of Mt. Greylock prevailed in her second league race in two weeks with a time of 20:38, four seconds faster than teammate Cate Costley. Over a minute behind the two leaders was third place finisher Josie Marshall out of Lenox, Northfield Mount Hermon’s Nora Heffner, and Mohawk’s Brenna Keogh. Rounding out the top ten for the girls was a slew of Mounties, as they once again took home the team victory.
The boys’ JV race winner was Greylock’s Sean Houston in a time of 20:10, a time which would have been fast enough to finish tenth in the varsity boys race. He was followed by teammates Warren Taylor, John Karabinos, and Jonah Majumder.
For the girls’ JV, Chloe Anderson gapped her Greylock counterpart from the first wave, Sophia Dastoli, on the final climb ski to the win in a time of 24:58. Anderson’s time would have been good enough for 12th place in the varsity girls race. Fellow Greylock skiers Zavi Sheldon, Oona Wood and Sophie Gerry took places third, fourth and fifth respectively.
A Lot of the Same
By: Luke Costley
Another week of racing in the Berkshires, another set of similar results. Mohawk Regional High School hosted this year’s first classical race of the year over the holiday weekend and kicked things off in bitter cold temperatures and blue skies. Mohawk’s narrow trails changed the start format this week, with race organizers opting to use 15-second interval starts for individuals instead of the wave format of previous races. The course, however, did not disappoint. It wound its way through the school’s campus offering a variety of terrain and snow conditions to keep it interesting.