M/cloudy
35°
M/cloudy
Hi 37° | Lo 21°

nordic skiing

A great day of skiing

ConVal hosts only meet of season

  • The ConVal Nordic ski team hosted its only meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2012.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The ConVal Nordic ski team hosted its only meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2012.


    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The ConVal Nordic ski team hosted its only meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2012.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The ConVal Nordic ski team hosted its only meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2012.


    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The ConVal Nordic ski team hosted its only meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2012.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The ConVal Nordic ski team hosted its only meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2012.


    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The ConVal Nordic ski team hosted its only meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2012.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The ConVal Nordic ski team hosted its only meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2012.


    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The ConVal Nordic ski team hosted its only meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2012.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The ConVal Nordic ski team hosted its only meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2012.


    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The ConVal Nordic ski team hosted its only meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2012.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The ConVal Nordic ski team hosted its only meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2012.


    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The ConVal Nordic ski team hosted its only meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2012.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The ConVal Nordic ski team hosted its only meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2012.


    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The ConVal Nordic ski team hosted its only meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2012.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The ConVal Nordic ski team hosted its only meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2012.


    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The ConVal Nordic ski team hosted its only meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2012.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The ConVal Nordic ski team hosted its only meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2012.


    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The ConVal Nordic ski team hosted its only meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2012.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The ConVal Nordic ski team hosted its only meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2012.


    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The ConVal Nordic ski team hosted its only meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2012.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The ConVal Nordic ski team hosted its only meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2012.


    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The ConVal Nordic ski team hosted its only meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2012.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The ConVal Nordic ski team hosted its only meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2012.


    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The ConVal Nordic ski team hosted its only meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2012.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The ConVal Nordic ski team hosted its only meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2012.


    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The ConVal Nordic ski team hosted its only meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2012.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The ConVal Nordic ski team hosted its only meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2012.


    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The ConVal Nordic ski team hosted its only meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2012.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The ConVal Nordic ski team hosted its only meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2012.


    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The ConVal Nordic ski team hosted its only meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2012.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The ConVal Nordic ski team hosted its only meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2012.


    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The ConVal Nordic ski team hosted its only meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2012.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The ConVal Nordic ski team hosted its only meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2012.


    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The ConVal Nordic ski team hosted its only meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2012.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The ConVal Nordic ski team hosted its only meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2012.


    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The ConVal Nordic ski team hosted its only meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2012.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The ConVal Nordic ski team hosted its only meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2012.


    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The ConVal Nordic ski team hosted its only meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2012.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal Nordic ski team hosted its only meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2012.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal Nordic ski team hosted its only meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2012.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal Nordic ski team hosted its only meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2012.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal Nordic ski team hosted its only meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2012.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal Nordic ski team hosted its only meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2012.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal Nordic ski team hosted its only meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2012.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal Nordic ski team hosted its only meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2012.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal Nordic ski team hosted its only meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2012.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal Nordic ski team hosted its only meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2012.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal Nordic ski team hosted its only meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2012.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal Nordic ski team hosted its only meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2012.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal Nordic ski team hosted its only meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2012.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal Nordic ski team hosted its only meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2012.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal Nordic ski team hosted its only meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2012.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal Nordic ski team hosted its only meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2012.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal Nordic ski team hosted its only meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2012.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal Nordic ski team hosted its only meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2012.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal Nordic ski team hosted its only meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2012.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

It took many helping hands for the ConVal Nordic ski team to pull off its only meet of the year.

With skiers from six other high school teams and a number of middle school programs making the trip for the multi-event day on Saturday, a lot of logistics had to be taken care of. Timers were needed, as were concession workers and even something as little as someone to send off the skiers in 15-second intervals.

And that does not take into account the unavoidable circumstances that presented a serious challenge to the practicality of the meet. After last year’s only home race was cancelled due to lack of snow, no one wanted to see this one suffer the same fate.

“We make a big deal of it. It’s our only home race,” said ConVal coach Scott McGovern. “We try to make it a really fun event to come to.”

The race had already been switched from classic to skate on Wednesday in anticipation of a low snow level, but with the overnight rain on Friday, the course needed a lot of work.

“It held better than we thought,” said McGovern. “We thought briefly about changing the course.”

The team’s course groomer, Grayson Smith, had already prepared the course on Friday night, but had to return at 4:30 a.m. on Saturday to do it all again. Prior to the 10:30 a.m. start, alumni skiers, parents and volunteers helped shovel the wet and heavy snow to ensure there was enough snow pack on the course. Some shovelers even stayed along the hills of the course to keep the snow at a consistent level.

“The snow was so soft that our skis just kept digging in, same with our poles, so we used a lot more energy,” said junior captain Ben Wescott.

With the wet snow, skiers just couldn’t glide like normal.

“The snow was very mushy and wet, so every time you tried to push off from one ski to the next your power kind of got sucked into the snow,” said junior captain Sydney Michalak. “It was challenging, but it was fun.”

But even with all of the challenges, the day was a huge success. The course held up for the morning individual races and the four-person relays in the afternoon.

“It became a very challenging race because of the wet snow sinking beneath them,” said McGovern. “It gave everyone a good workout.”

For Michalak, it was her first-ever home race. She was on a family vacation during her freshman season and last year it was cancelled. So all she did was go out and win for the second time in three races. Michalak finished with a time of 14 minutes and 42 seconds to claim the girls A race crown, eight seconds ahead of Hannah Culver of Souhegan.

“Each time I watch her ski, she’s revealing more about her capabilities,” said McGovern. “Her performances are falling into a category of being one of the top skiers in the state.”

Junior Rowan Wilson had her best finish of the season by taking ninth in 17:35, followed by senior Maggie Williams in 16th with a time of 18:33.

Wescott paced the Cougars in the boys A race. He finished 11th overall in 15:33 for his best place of the year. Tyler Aborn finished 24th in 19:20.

Wilton-Lyndeborough’s Maggie Zavgren, who competes as an individual but practices and travels to meets with ConVal, finished 25th.

Lucy Beyer took sixth in the girls B race and Jimmy Gombas placed fourth in the boys B race to lead ConVal.

ConVal will next compete at Whitaker Woods on Jan. 26.

There are no comments yet. Be the first!
Post a Comment

You must be registered to comment on stories. Click here to register.