Brattleboro edges Mount Anthony in Nordic ski event

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WOODFORD — Rain and sticky conditions couldn't deter Southern Vermont's Nordic skiers on Friday.

In a race hosted by Mount Anthony at Prospect Mountain, both Brattleboro boys and girls edged Mount Anthony on a modified course.

"It was real sloppy, you have to get a good warmup," said Mount Anthony coach Rob Short. "It's about overcoming adversity and today, Brattleboro skied better for the conditions."

On the girls side, Brattleboro scored 22 points, followed closely by Mount Anthony at 25 and Burr and Burton at 35 points. Rutland was incomplete.

For the boys, Brattleboro had 19 points, followed by Mount Anthony's 21. Rutland was third with 55 points and Burr and Burton fourth at 68.

"We're kind of starting off the way we did last year," Short said. "The results we had and then improving throughout the season, it's clear we can beat Brattleboro, but it's going to be back and forth all season."

The course for the varsity was 4.2-kilometers, while the course was 2.5K for the junior varsity races.

Maggie Payne and Sarah Umphlett took the top two spots for MAU, with Payne finishing in 15 minutes, 28 seconds and Umphlett at 15:33.

BBA's Leah Mowry was third, but Brattleboro took the next four spots, giving them the team victory.

Sylvie Normandeau was fourth, Bella Takacs fifth, Lily Tessitore sixth and Alina Secrest in seventh.

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MAU's third and fourth scorer with Sadie Korzec in 10th and Chloe Cichanowski in 12th.

"It was great to see our girls go 1-2," Short said.

Short said that Molly Cohen had a strong race. Cohen finished 14th overall.

"After the race, she knew she had a good race," Short said. "She put it together today."

For the boys, Brattleboro's Henry Thurber was first in 13 minutes, 8 seconds, while Mount Anthony's Jack Drew was second in 13:22 and Charlie Dobson was third in 13:32. Declyn Tourville was fourth overall, with BBA's Logan Sands fifth.

Nolan Holmes and Sam Freitas-Eagan were sixth and eighth for the Colonels, with Garrett Joly and Owen Hanson seventh and ninth for the Patriots.

"Clearly Charlie has started the year filling in the hole that Noah Payne left," Short said. "It shows the base is there and the work he's put in over the summer is making a difference."

MAU's Elyse Altland, a freshman, won her first race in the JV event, winning by 28 seconds. Short said that he would move her up to varsity if her effort on Friday was a strong one, and it was.

"She'll be moving up to varsity and it will be great to see where she'll fit in on the varsity," Short said.

In the boys JV event, Luke Lehmann from Burr and Burton crossed the line first, followed by Mount Anthony's Oliver Salazar.

"I'm proud of everyone coming and putting the effort in," Short said.


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