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H.S. Nordic Championships Day 1

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Middlebury College's Rikert Nordic Center hosted day one of the High School Nordic State Championships, freestyle racing. In the boys 5K individual race, Stowe's Sam Puddicombe finished third in Division I, edging Mount Anthony's Luke Keenan by 1.5 seconds.  Rutland's Issac Wright was the top Division One finisher, coming in second overall.  Zane Fields of Woodstock. was the overall win and the Division II champ.  Wright and Fields were the only two to finish under fourteen minutes.

In The girls 5k individual race, Harwood's Gracie Butler impresses with a third place finish overall, second in Division II.  She finishes 16 seconds behind Woodstock's Carmen Bango, who captures another D-II Nordic freestyle title.  Nobody came close to CVU's Autumn Eastman.  She earns the overall victory and the Division I crown ,finishing 25 seconds ahead of the pack.

The boys freestyle relay featured a mass start to kick off the 10K-four competitor race.  Woodstock opened up the race with a big lead and held on for the top spot in Division II spot.  As for Division I, two teams made their breaks late.  Mount Anthony surged to the finish ending up with a strong second place finish.  Nobody could catch CVU.  The RedHawks putting together a phenomenal final leg to take top honors and build a lead heading into next week's final.
  
The girls race wasn't nearly as close.  Last year's defending Champions, CVU, fell behind.  Luckily for the RedHawks, Autumn Eastman can make up a lot of ground.  She put her team to the top of Division I with a strong anchor leg.  The story however,  was Woodstock.  The Wasps got off to a great start from Lauren Kaija, and then let Carmen Bango do the rest.  She cruises to the finish line 33 seconds ahead of the competition.  They not only take DII honors but the top spot in Thursday's freestyle race. 

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