Junior skiers excel at end of season races

Ford Sayre skier Adam Glueck races at the 2014 USSA Cross Country Junior (J2) National Championships in Stowe, Vermont.

Ford Sayre skier Adam Glueck races at the 2014 USSA Cross Country Junior (J2) National Championships in Stowe, Vermont.

2014 USSA Cross Country Junior (J2) National Championships
March 1-9th, 2014 at Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe, VT

Three local skiers qualified for the New England team competing in the National Junior Championships for cross country skiing: Ford Sayre and Dartmouth skier Sam Merrens (MU20, age 18-19); Ford Sayre skier Adam Glueck (MU16, age 14-15); and Norwich, Vt. resident, independent affiliation skier Kirsten Miller (FU16, junior women, age 14-15). This was quite a distinction as it designates the best junior skiers in the country. Adam Glueck achieved All-American status with his 6th place finish in the 5km classic race on Monday, March 3rd. The New England team took back the biggest prize in national junior cross country ski racing, winning the Alaska Cup as the best team at the 2014 USSA Junior National Championship. Last year the Alaskan team had bested New England when the championships were held in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Other local skiers of interest were Erin Perryman FU20 who is a Lebanon High School grad, currently skiing for St Lawrence University and Zane Fields MU18 who skis for the Woodstock ski team. Norwich resident, Elise Hardy FU18 raced for the Far West team as she currently attends the Sugar Bowl Academy in California.

Individual Results
Sam Merrens (MU20, junior men, age 18-19)
23rd (out of 54 competitors) in Mon., 3/3/14, Individual Start, 10k Classic, 30:00
38th (out of 52 competitors) in Friday, 3/7/14, Mass Start, 15k Freestyle, 42:43

Adam Glueck (MU16, junior men, age 14-15)
6th (out of 63 competitors) in Mon., 3/3/14, Individual Start, 5k Classic, 14: 57* All American status
26th (out of 61 competitors) in Friday, 3/7/14, Mass Start, 5km Freestyle, 14: 00 (Adam was taken out of contention early by a large crash on the downhill section after the start)

Kirsten Miller (FU16, junior women, age 14-15)
35th (out of 63 competitors) in Mon., 3/3/14, Individual Start, 5k Classic, 18:10
13th (out of 63 competitors) in Friday, 3/7/14, Mass Start, 5km Freestyle, 15:08

organizer’s website:  http://www.jn2014stowe.com/

full results: http://www.jn2014stowe.com/results

see more photos at: http://losborn.smugmug.com/share/FordSayre

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NENSA J2 Championships
March 7-9, 2014 at Rikert Nordic Center, Ripton, VT

Ford Sayre skier and Hanover High School student, Sara Spencer, racing for the New Hampshire team:
36th (out of 92 competitors) on Fri. 5K Freestyle. 16:32
34th (out of 94 competitors) on Sat. 5K Classic, 20:11
28th (out of 94 competitors) on Sat. 1K Freestyle sprint , 4:58

Ford Sayre skier and Thetford Academy student, Erik Lindahl skiing for the Vermont team
18th (out of 95 competitors) on Fri. 5K Freestyle 13:32
54th (out of 96 competitors) on Sat. 5K Classic, 17:22
13th (out of 96 competitors) on Sat. 1K Freestyle sprint, 4:09

Team Vermont came in first place of the five states (NY, NH, VT, MA, ME)

organizers website: http://www.frostmountainnordic.org/j2champs.html

full results at: http://www.barttiming.com/XCski/j2f2014.htm

 

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