SMS nordic skiers placing in top spots
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Mackenzie Rizio  has been skiing well for the Stratton Mountain School nordic team.
Mackenzie Rizio has been skiing well for the Stratton Mountain School nordic team.
STRATTON– The Stratton Mountain School nordic team competed in several races in the past few weeks. On March 14 to 16, part of the team headed to the Eastern High School Championships, hosted by NENSA, at Mountain Top Resort outside of Rutland, and other members of the team traveled to Craftsbury for a three-day race series. On March 8, racers traveled to New Hampshire for the Bretton Woods Marathon.

At the EHSC at Mountain Top, the SMS racers helped Vermont take the overall state title. Individually, in the three-race series, sophomore Mackenzie Rizio, of Wilmington, was ninth overall; and junior Max LaChance, of Concord, MA, was seventh overall.

On March 14, athletes competed in a 5K Skate, and Rizio scored the top SMS women’s finish in seventh place. Sophomore Alex Cobb, of Peru, was 28th. LaChance was 23rd for the men. On March 15, athletes raced a 7.5K Classic, and Rizio was 19th, Evarts was 30th, Cobb was 34th, and senior Tess Braddish, of Peru, was 37th. LaChance was eighth for the men.

Also on March 15, athletes competed in a 1K sprint Rizio was 10th, Cobb was 18th, Evarts was 46th, and Braddish was 47th. For the men, LaChance was eighth.

On March 16, the athletes competed in a mixed-gender 4x2.5 Relay. LaChance and Rizio teamed up to win second place, and Braddish was on the 10th-place team.

Another group of SMS nordic racers traveled to Craftsbury for the spring tour. Friday, March 14, had athletes competing in a 3.75K class prologue. Saturday, March 15, was a classic sprint, and Sunday, March 16, was a 10/15K freestyle race. These SMS nordic racers were the only high school skiers there, racing against college and pro team skiers.

The team members who attended were senior Jack Elder, of Yarmouth, ME; junior Koby Gordon, of Londonderry; sophomore Lafe Pottala, of Cambridge; freshman Russell Boswell, of Putney; junior Ana Witkowski, of Peru; sophomore Katharine Ogden, of Landgrove; and sophomore Tegan Thorley, of Londonderry.

The team was led by Ogden who placed fourth overall on the weekend, behind three NCAA All-American skiers.

On March 8, SMS nordic racers traveled to Bretton Woods, NH, for a nordic marathon. As the name implies, racers competed in a 42K race. Elder was seventh overall (first junior), LaChance was 12th overall.

Seven Stratton Mountain School nordic team athletes traveled to the Trapp Family Lodge, for the Junior Nationals, March 1 to 9, and came home with three golds, and six medals in total. This was the 18th year in a row that SMS athletes have won at Junior Nationals.

On March 3, the women raced a 5K Classic, and Ogden, won for the junior women (16-17) division and beat all of the 18 and 19-year-olds as well. Sophomore Pippin Evarts, of Landgrove, came in 48th. Rizio was 15th for the junior women (14-15); and sophomore Tegan Thorley, of Londonderry, was 23rd.

Also on March 3, the men raced a 10K Classic, and Gordon was 32nd in the junior men (16-17) division. Freshman Russell Boswell, of Putney, was 10th in the 14-15 division, and freshman William Haig, of Ann Arbor, MI, was 45th.

On March 5, the athletes raced a classic sprint, and Boswell was the top finisher in 17th for the men. For the women, Rizio was 13th, and Thorley was 22nd. Ogden was sixth in the U18 division.

March 7 was the skate, and Gordon came in 26th. Ogden was first for junior women (16-17), but also beat all of the older women competitors by more than a minute. On March 8, athletes competed in a 3x3 free relay, and Ogden was again in gold medal position on the winning U18 team. Rizio was second for the women (14-15), and Thorley was seventh. Russell Boswell was third for the men (14-15) and posted the fastest second-leg time.

March 18 through 31, 11 team members are traveling to Switzerland, Italy, and France for six FIS Nordic races. Those attending this trip are Elder, Gordon LaChance, Pottala, Evarts, Ogden, Braddish, Rizio, Thorley, Witkowski, Cobb.

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