SMS skiers qualify for national, international events

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CRAFTSBURY COMMON — Five Stratton Mountain School Nordic skiers are headed to national and international races following the U.S. National Championships hosted by the Craftsbury Outdoor Center between Jan 3 and 8.

In the three race qualifying series — consisting of a 10K/15K Classic, a Classic Sprint, and a 7.5K/10K Mass Start Skate — seven SMS students vied for spots at prestigious events like the World Youth Olympic Games, the USST U18 trip to Estonia at the end of this month, the Junior World Championships and and the U23 World Championships.

Will Koch (Class of 2020) was the sole male skier to qualify for the 2020 Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne, Switzerland at Nationals, with only one male and one female skier selected to represent the U.S. in Cross Country Skiing. The Youth Olympic Games, primarily for U18 athletes, are modeled after the Olympic Games and are held every four years.

Koch also qualified for the 2019 USST Development Trip and U18 Nations Cup to be held in Estonia between January 20 and 30.

Senior Charlotte Ogden (Class of 2019) and sophomore Nina Seeman (Class of 2021) also qualified for the USST Development Trip.

A total of twelve skiers were selected for the trip, which provides an introductory opportunity for international travel, competition and cultural exchange for the top six U18 men and women in the nation.

Conor Munns (Class of 2019) and postgraduate Sophia Laukli — alongside Koch, Seeman, and Ogden — automatically qualified for U.S. Junior Nationals, to be held in Anchorage, Alaska this March.

Alumnus Ben Ogden, who now skis for the University of Vermont, was one of six male skiers to qualify for the 2019 Junior World Championships to be held in Lahti, Finland.

MAU competes in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The Mount Anthony indoor track team competed against some of the best athletes in Section II at Springfield College Sunday afternoon.

Rebecca Crosier has been a standout for MAU all season long and continued with another strong effort Sunday.

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In her four individual events, her lowest placement was third. She started her day off breaking 35-feet in triple jump, placing second. Crosier's jump trailed Guilderland's Matlyn Gross for top honors.

She improved her 300m personal record as she secured second, behind Amsterdam's Lauren Santiago.

In her third event, her first jump in long jump ended up winning for the day, edging out Gross. She finished her impressive meet with a third place finish in the 55m.

Other standouts on the girl side included Alison Simmons, who improved her school record in weight throw with an 11th place finish Sunday..

Emma Salem had an impressive day as well.

The girls placed eighth overall out of 37 teams. Shenendehowa placed first for the girls.

On the boys side, David Chorlton came back strong from a sprained ankle to place sixth in the 55m.

Evan Page improved his PR in the 1000 as he placed sixth in the event.

Hoosick baseball, softball registration

HOOSICK, N.Y. — Registration has started for the Hoosick Falls Little League. There's an early bird registration in January, a $5 discount for each registration.

There will also be an in-person registration on Jan. 12 at Iron Coffee from 9 to noon.

Registrations will be available until Feb. 28. For questions, call Ted Senecal at 518-331-7286.


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