Alpine skiing: ConVal skiers punch tickets to Meet of Champions

  • The ConVal alpine ski team competed at the NHIAA DIvision II championship at Crotched Mountain on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal alpine ski team competed at the NHIAA DIvision II championship at Crotched Mountain on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal alpine ski team competed at the NHIAA DIvision II championship at Crotched Mountain on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • ConVal alpine skier Reid Wilson whips through a gate at the NHIAA DIvision II championship at Crotched Mountain on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The ConVal alpine ski team competed at the NHIAA DIvision II championship at Crotched Mountain on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal alpine ski team competed at the NHIAA DIvision II championship at Crotched Mountain on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal alpine ski team competed at the NHIAA DIvision II championship at Crotched Mountain on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal alpine ski team competed at the NHIAA DIvision II championship at Crotched Mountain on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal alpine ski team competed at the NHIAA DIvision II championship at Crotched Mountain on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal alpine ski team competed at the NHIAA DIvision II championship at Crotched Mountain on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal alpine ski team competed at the NHIAA DIvision II championship at Crotched Mountain on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal alpine ski team competed at the NHIAA DIvision II championship at Crotched Mountain on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal alpine ski team competed at the NHIAA DIvision II championship at Crotched Mountain on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal alpine ski team competed at the NHIAA DIvision II championship at Crotched Mountain on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal alpine ski team competed at the NHIAA DIvision II championship at Crotched Mountain on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal alpine ski team competed at the NHIAA DIvision II championship at Crotched Mountain on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 2/12/2020 5:57:28 PM

ConVal senior Noah Krason had to rush to the start of the GS race at Wednesday’s Division II boys’ alpine skiing championships, the starter calling out for the racer in the No. 5 bib as he sprinted over to start his run. 

“I think they started the course about 15 minutes early,” Krason said with a grin after the race on his home slopes of Crotched Mountain.  He may have been a little late to the start, but he wasted no time getting to the finish, taking fifth overall and punching his ticket to the Meet of Champions, where he’ll be joined by the ConVal girls who qualified at Tuesday’s race at Cranmore.

“I wasn’t quite in the right mental space when I got to the top of the course,” Krason said, “so second run I just focused, clamped down a little bit and got the result I wanted...I definitely wanted to get top five because that will make my starting space at Meet of Champions that much better.”

Krason finished the GS in a combined 59.42, behind winner Dylan Welch of Plymouth (first, 57.00), Connor Glavin of Plymouth (second, 57.60), Andrew Taylor of Souhegan (third, 57.96) and Jackson Frazier of Pembroke (fourth, 59.35). The finish opened things up for Krason in the afternoon SL race, since he’d already qualified for the Meet of Champions and didn’t have to play it safe to ensure a berth. Krason went all out there, taking fourth place overall in a combined 1:21.68, putting a bow on his impressive senior ski season. 

“I started out this season a little slower than usual,” Krason said, “but I’m out here training five days a week and I just put it together by the end of the year.”

The Meet of Champions is set for next Thursday at Cannon Mountain, where Krason will compete alongside ConVal’s Rosie Crooker, Molly Dishong and Ella Dishong, who all made the top ten cutoff at Tuesday’s races at Cranmore.

Molly Dishong won the SL race outright in 1:12.44, with sister Ella 10th in 1:19.86. Crooker, who hadn’t raced since an ankle injury last month, came out and snagged fourth in the GS in 49.32, setting up ConVal for a good trip to the MOC’s. For a team that’s as close as the ConVal alpine skiers are, another week of practice and another day of racing is welcomed. 

“The team’s amazing,” Krason said. “Out of all the athletic teams I’ve ever been part of, this is the tightest-knit. It’s like a family. We have so much fun.”

Also racing for the ConVal girls at Cranmore:

■Caitlin Beal (37th GS, 38th SL)

■Lydia Cleveland (53rd GS, 54th SL)

■Anna Bartsch (56th GS, 57th SL)

The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys competed at the Division IV championship at Cannon Tuesday. WLC’s Harrison Browne took 19th in the SL race; Nathan Browne took 37th in the SL and 40th in the GS.

Also racing for the ConVal boys at Crotched Wednesday:

■Reid Wilson (20th GS, 31st SL)

■Ben Kriebel (36th GS,

■Carter Rousseau (37th GS, 39th SL)

■Cale Skillings (49th GS, 42nd SL)

■David Martin (50th GS)

■Logan Burnham (59th GS) 

■Jackson Burnham (52nd SL)


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