Thursday, February 21st
CRAFTSBURY, VT -- The Vermont high school nordic championships got underway Thursday with the freestyle races at the Craftsbury Nordic Center.
In the boys race, CVU's Forrest Hamilton picks up the win with a time of 14:50.8, topping Isaac Wright of Rutland by just under six seconds.
But the two fastest boys on the day were out of Division Two. Nathanael Kuzio was runner up, a time of 14:43.7, but he was more that seven seconds back of Woodstock's Zane Fields. A winning time of 14:36.5 for Fields, who follows up from his big brother, former Wasps star Jordan Fields as a state champ.
In the girls freestyle, it was another Wasp leading the way in Division Two. Woodstock's Carmen Bango powering to the win in 17:27.3, more than a minute ahead of runner up Sophie Hodges of Middlebury, who edged U-32's Orli Schwartz for second by just over two seconds.
Division One was another tight fight for second as CVU's Taylor Spillane narrowly beat out her teammate Autumn Eastman by exactly a second. But the pair of RedHawks were looking up at a Colonel. Brattleboro's Halie Lange tops Spillane by nearly 26 seconds, a time of 16:33.6, to claim a state crown for the second straight year.
The relays always get a big chaotic with the mass starts, but the racing is intense. On the boys side it was an impressive performance by CVU. The Redhawks team of Forrest Hamilton, Sean Delaney, Cooper Willsey and Emmett Peterson besting runner up Mount Anthony by nearly twenty seconds.
The Woodstock boys come in third overall, but tops in Division Two. The quartet of Zane Fields, Graham Melville, Campbell Boswell and Harry Linwoski getting the job done. U-32 was forth, over 45 seconds back.
The depth of the CVU squad was on display as well in the girls race as the Redhawks again pulled away to a twenty second win, Taylor Spillane, Cally Braun, Kayla Servin and Autumn Eastman the winning team.
Woodstock finished second this time, powered by Anna Ramsey, Christy Harris, Finn McFarland and Carmen Bango. Mount Mansfield and Mount Anthony round out the top four. The nordic championships conclude with the classic races next Tuesday at Prospect Mountain.
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