After three days of competition at Mountain Top Inn, Vermont emerged as the top team at the NENSA Eastern High School Nordic Championships.
The skiers from the Green Mountain State earned 15,224 points to grab the win, nearly 2,000 points ahead of second-place Massachusetts. Maine came in third with 13,286.
The competition wrapped up on Sunday with the relay. A Vermont team of Mackenzie Rizio, Carmen Bango, Max Lachance and Scott Mooney took second place. Another group of Vermonters, Autumn Eastman, Gabi Hawkins, Isaac Wright and Zane Fields, grabbed the sixth spot to help seal the win.
Woodstock’s Fields was one of Vermont’s top performers, winning the boys’ 5K freestyle on Friday and then placing second in the 7.5K classic race on Saturday.
Peru’s Mooney (21:49.2) claimed fourth place, and Isaac Wright of Rutland took seventh place, both in the 7.5K race. Mooney also grabbed a third-place finish in the 1KM sprint with a time of 2:46.90 and Fields came in fifth at 2:48.54. In the 5K freestyle, Wright came in fourth place, Mooney finished eighth and CVU’s Charlie Maitland grabbed a ninth place finish.
In the girls’ 7.5K classic race, Massachusetts swept the top four spots, and Cate Brams took home the top honors with a time of 23:52.0. Vermont’s best finish came from CVU’s Autumn Eastman, who came in seventh with a time of 24:45.4. Norwich’s Kristen Miller also cracked the top 10 with a 25:39.8, a ninth-place finish.
In the girls’ 5K race, Vermont placed five skiers in the top 10, led by Eastman, who came in third with a time of 17:04.9. Woodstock’s Bango came in fifth, Norwich’s Miller followed in sixth and Rizio of Stratton came in seventh. Waterbury’s Grace Butler rounded out the top 10 for Vermont.
Vermont’s Sophie Hodges (3:18.60) and Mackenzie Rizio (3:21.00) came in seventh and 10th places respectively in the 1KM sprint.