Drew wins boys race at Prospect

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WOODFORD — Saturday afternoon on Prospect Mountain provided the perfect winter conditions for a Nordic ski race.

Sure, the temperatures were well below freezing, but the snow was soft and a light drizzle of falling snow coated the mountain as some of the top skiers in Vermont battled on the tough course.

The Prospect Freestyle meet, hosted by Mount Anthony, included skiers from the Patriots, Burr and Burton, Brattleboro and Bellows Free Academy, along with a few from South Royalton.

The Colonels would come out on top for team scores on both the boys and girls side, with the boys having 22 points and the girls with 11. The Bobwhites would pick up a second place finish among the boys teams (37 points) and third (47 points) for the girls. MAU finished second among the girls (41) and fourth (60) for the boys, while the Bulldogs were third for the boys (42 points) and fourth (61) for the girls.

Even though the Patriots didn't come out on top in the team scores, first-year head coach Robbie Short was happy with the effort his team put out Saturday and the chance for his skiers to get back on the slopes.

"It was a great first day for the team. We haven't been on snow very long," Short said. "It's great to get out and get the first race in before Christmas time. It was more to start the benchmark for the season and we can really hit the ground running and hopefully keep this snow on the ground, so we can be consistent."

MAU sophomore Jack Drew might have had the most impressive day on the mountain, winning the boys race with a time of 18:52, which was 48 seconds better than second-place finisher BFA's Brook Hodgeman.

Seven other Patriots skiers took part in the race on the boys side and they finished as follows: Garrett Joly (22:03, 18th), Thomas Lake (23:07, 21st), Owen Hansen (23:08, 22nd), Franklin Cody (24:03, 25th), Brendon Bossong (25:26, 29th), Liam Drew (26:46, 31st) and Jeson Li ( 27:48, 32nd).

Sarah Umphlett was the top skier on the girls side for MAU, finishing with a time of 22:14, good for sixth place in the girls race.

Brattleboro's Bella Thurber won the girls race.

Six other Patriots competed for the girls and they finished as follows: Bethany Hassett (22:50, 8th), Maggie Payne (23:46, 11th), Kylee Hall (26:28, 16th), Lauren Johnson (28:38, 22nd), Makayla Gelheiser (35:31, 26th). Natalie Jelley did not finish due to an injury during the race.

"We had a good showing on both sides," Short said. "I wasn't putting any expectations. I just wanted to see the kids race and get this one under their belts."

For BBA, the top boys finisher was Carter Hall, who finished fifth with a time of 19:58.

Ned Thompson (20:19, 7th), Josh Pearson (20:20, 8th), Levi Wetherald (24:37, 27th) and Ethan Lareau (24:46, 28th) finished out the Bulldogs contingent in the race.

For the BBA girls, the top finisher was Brennan Harris, who placed ninth and finished with a time of 23:01.

Three other Bulldogs competed in the race and they finished as follows: Maggie Brown (26:08, 15th), Leah Mowry (26:44, 17th) and Quinn Evarts (27:31, 20th).

MAU will compete next at Rutland in Freestyle Sprints this Tuesday. The meet is set for a 2:30 start at Mountain Top in Chittenden.

Adam Aucoin can be reached at aaucoin@benningtonbanner.com and at @AAucoin_Banner on Twitter.


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