The National Cross-Country Ski Education Foundation awarded the Roger Weston National High School championship cups to Truckee High and Bozeman High at the conclusion of the 2006 Junior Olympics March 12, 2006 in Houghton, Michigan.
The Truckee Boys team avenged their second place finish to Aspen Valley H.S., CO in the High School standings in 2005 behind senior Matt Gelso who won gold medals in both the classic and the skate races.
After the first days mass start classic race Truckee held onto a slim one point lead over West Anchorage High School. Truckee staked their lead thanks to Matt, his younger brother Dan who was a fifth place finisher, and Andrew Pado who finished 15th in the classic race. Going into the second day it looked to be a battle for the cup, but West Anchorage ran out of luck. Summit High of Oregon skied well again to move up to second place and Durango made a late charge to keep the cup in Colorado, but Truckee’s depth was too much. In the skate race Matt Gelso won again, Spenser Wood provided help with his seventh place finish and young Dan Gelso’s 16th place locked things up. This is the first Boys National Championships for Truckee. Their girls team won the 2004 title
The Bozeman girls team was also locked in a dog fight after the classic race, holding a one point lead over Vermont’s Stratton Mountain School and a ten point lead over Vermont’s Burke Mountain Academy. The Bozeman girls got points from every class in the classic race, with senior Melanie Park finishing 9th, Junior Erika Flowers finishing 8th and Sophmore Kate Dolan finishing 6th. Stratton Mountain almost kept pace behind Sophie Caldwell’s 2nd and Parker Tyler’s 4th, but their third skier was a little off the pace. On the skate day it was all Bozeman as Dolan streaked to victory, Asa Carlson was sixth and Flowers finished 11th.. Stratton Mountain finished distant 2nd, while Liberty Bell High school in Oregon rode a great day to take third place. This is the second consecutive National High School Title for Bozeman.
Boys Standings Cl Sk Total Truckee High, CA 282 279 561 Ferneyhough, Alex; Gelso, Daniel; Gelso, Matt; Nadell, Jordan; Pado, Andrew; Shane, Colin; Taylor, Alex; Wood, Spencer; Wright, Tyler Summit High School, OR 272 266 538 Durango High School, CO 260 274 534 Wood River High School, ID 276 254 530 Boulder High School, CO 271 253 524 Stratton Mountain School, VT 254 268 522 West Anchorage High School, AK 281 232 513 Summit High School, CO 229 252 481 Aspen High School, CO 215 259 474 Forest Lake H.S., MN 239 225 464 Lathrop H.S., AK 223 212 435 South Anchorage HS, AK 216 209 425 Honeoye Falls Lima Central, NY 210 194 404 Liberty Bell HS, OR 203 193 396 Natrona County HS, WY 137 128 265 Lander Valley HS, WY 119 142 261 Marquette, MI 122 124 246 T.C. Central, MI 112 86 198 Girls Standings Cl Sk Total Allison, Emily ;Carlson, Ase ;Dolan, Kate;Flowers, Erika; Park, Melina; Pierce, Sarah; Rydell, Claire; Seibert, Casey; Sellegren, Gretchen Bozeman High School, MT 280 286 566 Stratton Mountain School, VT 279 258 537 Liberty Bell HS, OR 262 270 532 Steamboat High, CO 264 259 523 Park City, UT 222 252 474 Summit High School, OR 228 242 470 Truckee High, CA 229 216 445 Burke Mountain Academy, VT 270 175 445 Wood River High School, ID 207 231 438 Service High, AK 209 224 433 West Valley HS, AK 218 211 429 Grand Rapids, MN 174 212 386 Durango High School, CO 200 182 382 Roseville H.S., MN 177 186 363 Lander Valley HS, WY 170 164 334 Hancock, MI 150 170 320 Laramie HS, WY 142 147 289 Town of Webb, NY 148 132 280 Natrona County HS, WY 141 129 270 Marquette, MI 85 103 188