STOWE, VT (Trapp Family Lodge) – In some of the best and tightest competition in many years at the TD Banknorth Eastern High School Championships, 212 of many of New England and New York’s top high school skiers battled it out over Trapp Family Lodge’s perfectly groomed and extremely challenging trails.
The Sprint Start
Coaches were scrambling to test everything from klister, klister/wax combinations to hairies. Conditions varied on the rolling 1K course that challenged both wax coaches the skiers alike.
Massachusetts' Olga Golovkina grabbed a huge 7-second victory in the girl's sprint, followed by Maine's Erin Hatton and Vermont's Cam McDermott.
Maine's Justin Fereshetian Knows that Every Tenth of a Second Counts in Sprinting
Saturday Afternoon Relay
Massachusetts Surprises With Victory in Mixed Technique, Mixed Gender Relay
The venue allowed incredible viewing of much of the race action with down-to-the-wire action. The girls scrambled with a classical leg, tagging to boys racing another classic leg, then tagging to girls freestyle with boys anchoring a last freestyle leg. The skiers blasted through the first 3k classic leg with Olga Golovkina (MA) in the lead over Maine, NH, and VT.
The boys flew through the first lap with Corey Hill (NH) turning the fastest leg and covering an 18 second gap to take the lead for New Hampshire. They held onto the lead going into the third leg, but final leg skier Nick Fogel from Massachusetts flew by to regain the lead by 12 seconds. The relay finished with Massachusetts wining followed by New Hampshire and Maine. Maine had four teams in the top-10, followed by New Hampshire with three, Vermont with two and Massachusetts with one.
Boys Classic Mass Start
Girls Classic Mass Start
On the last climb on the tough Trapp's courses, Olga Golovkina (MA) surged to the finish for the win in 28:11, followed by Maine's Emily Atwood in 28:21, and Vermont's Caroline Carpenter a close third in 28:28.
Maine Wins Team Title; Massachusetts Sweeps Relay and Individual Honors with Golovkina and Stock
Chris Stock won both the 5 km skate and the 7.5 km classic on his way to the overall title (Photo courtesy of Jaime Doucett)
New Hampshire Train
Let's not forget about the host state of Vermont. They were most effected by athlete absence for the Junior Nationals in Anchorage, Alaska and still earned numerous individual podiums and finished second as a team.
And thanks to New York for sending a crew over for the BKL Festival, J2 Championships, and this event. We hope to see full teams next year so that this event can return to its original 5-state field of the late 80's and early 90's.
(Unless otherwise noted photos by flyingpointroad.com)