- Silver Fox Trot Race – Feb. 23 February 23, 2013
Stafford, VT. — The Ford Sayre Ski Council welcomed 235 racers, both kids and adults, to its annual Silver Fox Trot race on February 23rd. The race, held for the second year at the Stafford Nordic Center, was a freestyle event over a beautiful and challenging course.
The girls first- and second-grade race was won by Esther Cuneo of Mansfield Nordic in 5:51, with Ford Sayre’s Sarah Glueck (6:47) and Eastern Mass’ Clara Lake (6:52) battling for the next two spots. Putney Ski Club skiers took the next three spots with Caroline Tarmy (7:10), Katerine Normandeau, and Sadie Bell (7:47) coming across the line. Craftsbury Nordic’s Alan Moody (5:37) and Cormac Leahy (5:44) lead the field in the boys race, followed by Frost Mountain’s Zachary Wilkerson (6:02) and West River’s Wyatt Teaford (6:18).
The boys third- and fourth-grade 2km race was extremely close with Putney skiers Darius Parker (8:53) and Mathias Boudreau Golfman (8:58) finishing just ahead of Lyme’s Evan Nichols (9:07) and Craftbury Nordic’s Cormac Leahy (9:08). Quincy Massey-Bierman of Mansfield Nordic won the girls race in 9:03 followed by Liza Bell (Putney, 9:13), She Brams (Eastern Mass, 9:22), Phoebe Hussey (Frost Mt., 9:37) and Lyme’s Elsa Bolinger (10:24).
As snow started to fall, the girls fifth- and sixth- grade 3km race was won by Norwich’s Ingrid Miller (12:25) with second going to Madeline Kitch (Eastern Mass, 12:42). Hanover’s Lucy Glueck (12:47) finished a very strong third and Lyme racers Casey Nichols (13:34), Greta Bolinger (13:45) and Kennedy Lange (14:12) finished in the top ten. The boys race had some fantastic times with Cooper Hartmann of Eastern Mass finishing first in 11:32 ahead of Mansfield Nordic’s Kai Richter (11:44) and West River’s Will Koch (11:55). Andy Rightmire (12:48) of Hanover was the top local finisher in sixth place with Norwich’s Daniel Bandler (13:14, 8th) and Patrick Osborn (14:22, 10th) finishing in the top ten.
Adam Glueck of Hanover surged in the final lap to win the boys seventh- and eight-grade 4km race in 13:14 ahead of Stratton Mountain’s Russell Boswell (13:33). Ben Ogden of West River (14:11, 3rd) and James Kitch of Eastern Mass (14:13, 4th) were close behind. Kristen Miller of Norwich, dominated the girls seventh- and eight-grade race winning in a time of 14:17. Mansfield Nordic’s Olivia Cuneo (15:26) and West River’s Mae Chalmers (16:14) took second and third. Three of the next four finishers were Ford Sayre racers as Alexandra Schaffner (16:31), Ann Osborn (17:08), and Sara Spencer (17:46) were joined by Eastern Mass’ Gabrielle Vandendries (17:27).
Ben Hegman of Mansfield Nordic won the inaugural men’s Citizen Race in 23:09 followed by Jack Hegman from the UVM ski team. Hanover’s Oscar Freedman (24:26, 3rd) and Lief Johnson (5th, 25:22) finished in the top five along with Ben Taska from Portland, ME (4th, 24:44). Carly Wynn of Queensbury, NY won the women’s Citizen Race race in 24:24 with Maddy Pfeifer (24:52) of Andover, NH and Haley Piske (24:57) of Steamboat Springs, CO finishing just ahead of Hanover’s Natalie Flowers (25:03, 5th) and Paige Elliot (25:04, 6th).
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- 2013 BKL Festival – Feb. 10 February 10, 2013
Weston, MA. — The Eastern Mass BKL club survived blizzard Nemo and hosted an inspired, if compressed, one day nordic ski festival for teams from New England and New York on February 10th. The race, hosted at the Weston Ski Track, featured freestyle sprints in the morning and classic races in the afternoon. The skiers, organized by their region, marched into the site to the music of fife and drum and a musket volley by the Minutemen. Upper Valley resident Peter Graves gave the proceedings a very Olympic tone as he announced commentary for the races and Norwich’s Mike Holland, an Olympic ski jumper in the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games, introduced many young nordic athletes to ski jumping over the course of the day.
The morning freestyle sprint races started with the third- and fourth-grade sprints over a 400m course and Ford Sayre skiers Evan Nichols (3rd, 1:35.2), Erik Blix, Spencer May, Jack Lange and Matt Walsh all skied well. In the girls race Elsa Bolinger came in a strong sixth at 1:45.9 with Katie Davis and Eloise Silver-Vanmeter also racing. The fifth- and sixth-grade sprint was 750m and Hanover’s Andy Rightmire had a very speedy top ten finish (9th; 2:46.3). Daniel Bandler and Peter Burnham also had strong races. The girls race was a scorcher with Norwich’s Ingrid Miller placing second in 2:49.5, one tenth of a second behind the winner. Greta Bolinger, Cassandra Nichols, Lucy Glueck, Kennedy Lange, Grace Dietz, Margot Davis, Hannah Chipman, Liz Rightmire and Shannon Walsh also competed. Norwich’s Kirsten Miller won the girls seventh- and eighth-grade sprint covering the 750m in 2:13.2; Sarah Spencer of Ascutney finished 16th at 2:43.7. Hanover’s Adam Glueck finished fifth in 2:10.9 in the boys seventh- and eighth-grade sprint with Stefan Cole, Jack Burnham, Arturo Johnson, Adam Mendelsohn and Malcolm Silver-Vanmeter had strong finishes
The afternoon classic races started with the first- and second-grade girls who skied 1 km with Ford Sayre skier Ann Rightmire finishing second. Sara Glueck (5th) and Imogen Dietz (17th) of Hanover also had top finishes. In the girls third- fourth-grade race over 2 km, Elsa Bolinger of Lyme finished 4th in a time of 9:52.2. Eloise Silver-Vanmeter (Thetford, 11th, 11:18.7) and Katie Davis (Lyme, 17th, 11:45.3) also had strong races. Evan Nichols of Lyme finished 7th in the boy’s third-fourth-grade race with a time of 9:41.6. Spencer May, Jack Lange , Erik Blix and Matt Walsh also raced well.
In the girls fifth- and sixth-grade 3 km race, Ford Sayre skiers made a very strong showing with Greta Bolinger (2nd, 13:09.6), Ingrid Miller (4th, 13:16.9), Lucy Glueck (5th, 13:47.4), Cassandra Nichols (7th, 13:57.8), Kennedy Lange (12th, 14:21.3), Hannah Chipman (13th, 14:23.6), Grace Dietz (20th, 15:14.2), Shannon Walsh (23rd, 16:06.8), Margot Davis (29th, 16:30.9) and Liz Rightmire (30th, 16:32.1). In the boy’s fifth- and sixth-grade race, Andy Rightmire (6th, 12:39.3), Patrick Osborn (13th, 14:06.4), Daniel Bandler (15th, 14:15.3) and Peter Burnham (30th, 16:11.1) all had strong races over the 3km course.
The girls seventh- and eight-grade race covered a 4 km distance with Kirsten Miller finishing 3rd with a time of 15:41.1. Alexandra Schaffner (11th, 17:00.2), Ann Osborn (13th, 17:08.4), Sara Spencer (26th, 18:59) all raced well in a field of 57 skiers. In the final race of the day, the boys seventh- and eighth-grade 4km race Adam Glueck had a very strong third place finish in 13:52.9. Jack Burnham (26th, 17:31.5), Stefan Cole (27th, 17:42.2), Arturo Johnson (28th, 18:01), Adam Mendelsohn (32nd, 18:47.5) and Malcolm Silver-Vanmeter (34th, 19:11.4) had good races for Ford Sayre in a field of 46 skiers.
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- Byrne Foundation Helps Renovate Ski Jump February 1, 2013
The Ford Sayre Memorial Ski Council thanks the Byrne Foundation for their generous contribution toward the ski jump renovation. The Roger Burt Memorial Jumps are at Oak Hill in Hanover just above Storrs Pond.Continue reading →
- Mt. Top Paintball Biathlon Jan. 27 January 27, 2013
January 27, 2013, Chittenden, Vt. — The Mountain Top Inn and Resort and Mountain Top Nordic Ski Club hosted the 8th Annual Mountain Top Paintball Biathlon on Jan. 27 with races in five divisions. The race attracted over 285 participants and many Upper Valley skiers braved the cold to compete. The racers did laps around the course and stopped to shoot paintball guns at targets with ten seconds removed from the skier’s final time for each hit.
Hanover’s Ann Rightmire won the girls first- and second-grade race with a perfect score of five shots in 3:58.4. Sarah Glueck of Hanover finished third after making three shots in 5:19.1. Imogen Dietz (11th, 2, 7:19.8) and Meg Frost (13th, 0, 7:39.2) were also in the top fifteen. Bailey Finegan of Peru, VT shot perfectly to win the boys race in 4:03.3. Christian Blix of Hanover (7th, 2, 5:39.5), Simon Phipps of Norwich (9th, 2, 5:46.6), and James Underwood of Woodstock (13th, 1, 6:18.2) were also top finishers.
The third- and fourth-grade race was a 2km race and Evan Nichols of Lyme took first place in the boys race with five hits and blistering time of 6:39.3. Ava Thurston of Waterbury, VT won the girls race with five hits in 7:56.4. Lyme’s Elsa Bolinger (4th, 5, 8:47.3), Thetford’s Eloise Silver-VanMeter (5th, 3, 9:20.5), Hartland’s Nicoya Mowbray-Parket (6th, 3, 9:29.5), and Lyme’s Katie Davis (15th, 1, 10:33.1) finished in the top fifteen.
The fifth- and sixth-grade race included three stops at the range and a 3 km ski. Casey Nichols of Lyme won the girls race with 11 hits in a time of 9:18.0. Norwich’s Ingrid Miller (3rd, 1, 10:23.8), Hanover’s Lucy Glueck (4th, 3, 10:25.9), Lyme’s Greta Bolinger (5th, 2, 10:56.8), Hanover’s Grace Dietz (6th, 12, 11:52.3), Norwich’s Hannah Chipman (10th, 6, 13:11.7) and Hanover’s Shannon Walsh (15th, 0, 14:21.4) were all near the top of the leaderboard. The boys race had a massive field with 37 entrants and last year’s runner-up, Will Koch of Peru, VT won the race with 10 hits in 8:12.1. Hanover’s Andy Rightmire (12th, 2, 10:42.1), Norwich’s Patrick Osborn (13th, 10, 10:48.0) and Nolan Gantrish of Hanover (14th, 6, 10:48.4) were in the top fifteen.
Norwich’s Kirsten Miller won the girls seventh- and eighth-grade race with four hits over the 3.75 km course in 10.01.0. Alexandra Schaffer of Norwich (5th, 4, 11:49.1) and Hanover’s Tess Snyder (12th, 4, 14:25.0) were also top finishers. Putney, VT’s Russell Boswell won the boys race with seven hits in 8:25.5 edging out Erik Lindahl of Thetford Center who finished second with nine hits in 8:30.5. Adam Glueck of Hanover finished 12th with five hits in 10:12.0.
This year marked the addition of a high school race and Isaac Wright of Rutland won the 5.25 km event with 11 hits in 10:09.7. Hanover’s Colin Pogue also had a good day at the range and finished a strong third with 11 hits in 11:42.1. Brooke Mooney of Peru, VT won the girls race in 12:20.3 with 12 hits.
Local youth skiers are now training hard for the upcoming TD Bank Bill Koch Festival which will be held February 9-10 at the Weston Ski Track in Weston, MA.
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- BKL Mansfield Duathlon Jan. 20 January 20, 2013
January 20, 2013, Jericho, VT. The Mount Mansfield Nordic Club welcomed almost 100 Bill Koch League skiers to the Ethan Allen Biathlon Range for a duathlon race last Sunday and many Ford Sayre skiers made the trek north to participate. The race had a very exciting format combining both styles of nordic skiing; skiers started off doing laps with a classic stride and then switched skis in the middle of the race to freestyle to the finish. The warm conditions for this year’s race were a challenge as racers had to use a lot of strength to double-pole during the classic laps and then quickly switch techniques to the faster skating style.
The races consisted of laps around a relatively short course, which meant that teammates and families could see all of the action and cheer their racers on. Members of the VT Army National Guard groomed the trails and there were excellent facilities for warming up and enjoying a snack throughout the day.
Ford Sayre racers adapted really well to the unique challenges of the duathlon format. Simon Phipps had a great race around 1.2 km first- and second-grade loop. Eloise Silver-VanMeter was very fast around the 2 km third- and fourth-grade course. The fifth- and sixth-grade race was 3 km and Daniel Bandler, Ingrid Miller, and Patrick Osborn all skied very well. The seventh- and eighth-graders expected a six-lap race, but most were directed out for a seventh lap as the churned around the course. Jack Burnham, Emily Foster, Brook Leigh, Sophie Miles, Kirsten Miller, Ann Osborn, Malcolm Silver-VanMeter, Sara Spencer, and Ty Stotland comprised a very deep squad of 7-8 racers.
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