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Big Weekend at the “Diamond in the Rough”

By Ellen Ross and Meghan Moody

Two weeks ago the league apprehensively made their way to Mohawk Trail, unsure of conditions, trail width, and frustrated over the lack of snow.  This week excitement filled the air as skiers looked forward to returning to the “diamond in the rough” that is Mohawk Trail. However, as the first classic race of the season, inexperienced skiers with barely a week of practice jokingly questioned if they could “skate when nobody is looking” and asked “wait, HOW many steps are allowed on those s-turns?!” as they remembered the fast corners of the skate race. To the joy of some and sadness of others, several of the slippery s-turns were removed and replaced with a smoother downhill.           

The two-lap course provided both Varsity and JV skiers with plenty of opportunities to work on their double pole and kick double pole technique, as well as several gradual hills that tested both skiers’ stride technique and trust in their kick wax. As race time approached, skiers ran back and forth from the warm Mohawk cafeteria to the rather brisk conditions outside, testing layer after layer of kick wax and wondering which poles to use. Some skiers were excited, knowing that their classic race would yield better individual results, while others preferred skate skiing and wondered anxiously if they would move down on the results sheet.       

At 10 am, the Varsity girls were the first to hit the snow, remembering the two weeks prior when they were standing at the start line in the middle of a downpour. This time, however, conditions were perfect as wave after wave went off. Lenox’s Josie Marshall pulled (or should we say poled?) ahead of Mohawk’s Allison Lull and Mount Greylock’s Grace Smith early in the first lap and claimed her first victory of the season with a time of 18:33. Lull crossed the finish line eight seconds later, showing her prowess on her home course. Smith, who has clenched all three skate wins this season, finished third with a time of 19:23. Rounding out the top five were NMH’s Roo Weed (20:02) and Wahconah’s Ellen Ross (20:05).

On the boys’ side, Will Nolan won with a time of 16:08, three seconds ahead of NMH’s Henry Colt. Greylock’s Matthew Wiseman crossed the line at 16:17, with Greylock’s Jake Foehl and NMH’s Estevan Velez right behind with times of 16:22 and 16:29, respectively.

In the JV girls’ race, Lenox’s Emma Jourdain earned the victory with a time of 22:55. Following right behind were Greylock’s Emma Palumbo, Laura Galib, Holly Fisher, and Mollyann Haskins. On the boys’ side, the top five spots all went to Mount Greylock; Thomas Schoorlemmer won with a time of 17:19, and John Driver, Graham Kaegi, Owen Brandriss, and Cameron Castonguay crossed the line soon after. 

Both the skate and classic J2/EHS Qualifiers will be hosted at Mohawk Trail on Sunday, finishing off a busy weekend for the league.

 

Complete results:

Berkshire Nordic Ski League – 1-25-14 – Boys JV Results

Berkshire Nordic Ski League – 1-25-14 – Boys Varsity Results

Berkshire Nordic Ski League – 1-25-14 – Girls JV Results

Berkshire Nordic Ski League – 1-25-14 – Girls Varsity Results

 

Select photos from some of the top performers:

All photos courtesy of Cheryl Sacks.

 

 

 

 

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