Striding and gliding
DUBLIN SCHOOL: Wildcat Nordic skiers had a busy week, competing at St. Paul’s, then heading to the New Hampshire High School qualifiers in Center Sandwich
The Dublin School Nordic team competed in several races last week. First, the team competed in a sprint race at St. Paul’s School in Concord for a Sprint Race on Wednesday. The team battled arctic conditions in what for many was their first competitive Nordic race, but they still put on a strong showing. Out of a field of more than 80 racers, freshman Calvin Bates of Dublin finished in third place, earning him the top Dublin School finish. Other finishers for the boys’ race included Danny Harrington of Francestown in 25th place, Will Utzschneider in 29th place, Hyleom Love in 44th place, GH Werowinski in 47th place, Miles Spencer in 50th place, Matt Coffin in 57th place, Jared Lewis in 66th place, Jordan Ferreras in 67th place and Harry Flores placed 78th.
For the girls, Tatum Wilson of Dublin placed 22nd, Fiona Johnson placed 44th, Phoebe Knox placed 62nd in her first-ever race, Somali Green placed 66th and Lily Campbell placed 68th.
On Saturday, many of the Dublin School racers were tied up exercising their minds, as they competed in the Math Challenge in Cambridge, Mass. Shorthanded but still ready to ski, nine Dublin School skiers ventured up to Center Sandwich for a Coaches’ Series race, the first of 2 New Hampshire Junior Olympics qualifying races. The Sandwich fairgrounds hosted this 5K skate event for high school and middle school skiers from around New England. Nearly 800 Nordic racers, ranging in age from 12 to 18 years old, competed in the race.
Calvin Bates once again led the Dublin School boys, improving on his finish from earlier in the week by coming in first in the U16 age group and placing fifth overall in the A race (reserved for more experienced skiers). Danny Harrington placed 60th, Hyleom Love 96th, Will Utzschneider 111th, and Matt Coffin landed in 127th.
On the girls side, Tatum Wilson had an exceptionally strong race, placing 16th, which puts her in a good position for the next qualifying race.
The less-experienced Dublin School racers competed in the B race, which was held on the same course as the A.
GH Werowinski placed 16th in the race, Jared Lewis finished 26th and Myles Spencer finished 38th – all solid finishes for the three, who are in their first year of competitive Nordic ski racing.
The next stop for the Dublin School Nordic team is next Wednesday, when the team travels to Proctor Academy for Classic Pair Sprints. The next high school qualifier race is on Feb. 8 and is a classic 5K.