NCCSEF Crowns National Champion High Schools

FasterSkierMarch 17, 2004

Wood River Wins Third National Cross-Country Ski Education Foundation Boys High School Championship in Past Six Years. Truckee Wrenches Girls Title from Alaska for the First Time.

Lake Placid, NY
The Wood River High School won its third National Cross-Country Ski Education Foundation High School Championship in the past six years this past week in Lake Placid, NY at the Junior Olympic Championships. The Wood River boys won the title like they have in the past, with their amazing depth. They built a thirteen-point lead over Service after the first day’s classic race. Jackson Harris and Luke Pletcher paced the team in the classic race with an 11th and 6th place finish in their age classes. Wood River then held off a hard charge by Service and Truckee in the skate race, this time paced by David Vanderpool, Reid Pletcher and Alex Hamlin. All three boys placed in the top ten in their age groups in the skate race. Defending champion Stratton Mountain School got strong skiing out of national champion Brett Bedard, but they did not have enough members to score in the meet.

The Girls National High School trophy has never traveled out of Alaska in its six years of existence. Last year Traverse City almost played David, leading after the skate race and coming close to unseating Alaskan Goliath Service, but couldn’t quite do it. This season Service and Traverse City came in as favorites, but they were shocked by California’s Truckee High School. Truckee was not on anyone’s radar before the Junior Olympics, but led my Maisha Goodpaster’s second place in the classic race they built up a commanding lead after day one. Whitney Prosor and Kara Lapoint also skied into the top fifteen in their age classes for Truckee. Traverse City made a hard charge in the skate race, as Cassidy Edwards and twins Julia and Anna Coulter placed in the top ten. But Truckee’s trio all skied into the top fifteen again to win their first National title by a scant six points.

National High School Championship — Boys Teams	Skate Score	Classic Score	Total
1	Wood River H.S.	Hailey, ID	281	274		555
2	Service H.S.	Anchorage, AK	277	261		538
3	Truckee H.S.	Truckee, CA	268	249		517
4	Durango H.s. 	Durango, CO	252	260		512
5	Boulder H.S.	Boulder, CO	242	251		493
6	Chugiak H.S.	Chugiak, AK	255	211		466
7	Keen Valley H.S.	Kenn Valley, NY	211	243		454
8	St. Louis Park H.S.	St. Louis Park, MN	205	211		416
9	Summit H.S.	Summit County, CO	206	209		415
10	Steamboat Springs H.S.	Steamboat Springs, CO	228	181		409
11	Traverse City H.S.	Traverse City, MI	152	198		350
12	Hayward H.S.	Hayward, WI	156	171		327
13	Lander H.S.	Lander, WY	152	169		321
14	Casper H.S.	Casper, WY	161	154		315
15	Marquette H.S.	Marquette, MI	166	139		305
16	Fairport H.S.	Fairport, NY	99	133		232
National High School Championship — Girls Teams						
1	Truckee H.S.	Truckee, CA	269	279		548
2	Traverse City H.S.	Traverse City, MI	282	260		542
3	Stratton Mtn School	Stratton, VT	244	255		499
4	Community School	Sun Valley, ID	255	233		488
5	Summit High H.S.	Summit County, CO	262	214		476
6	West Valley H.S.	Fairbanks, AK	245	216		461
7	Service H.S.	Anchorage, AK	221	238		459
8	Wood River H.S.	Hailey, ID	213	225		438
9	Durango H.S. 	Durango, CO	193	236		429
10	Mesabi East H.S.	Aurora, MN	178	207		385
11	East H.S.	Anchorage, AK	181	195		376
12	Bozeman H.S.	Bozeman, MY	182	183		365
13	Pinedale H.S.	Pinedale, WY	168	179		347
14	Lander H.S.	Lander, WY	160	147		307
15	Hopkins H.S. 	Hopkins, MN	169	125		294
16	Casper H.S.	Casper, WY	81	68		149

Source: NCCSEF

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