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Three local Nordic skiers make elite Junior Nationals team

  • The Dublin Nordic Center hosted the penultimate races in the NENSA Eastern Cup series on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Dublin Nordic Center hosted the penultimate races in the NENSA Eastern Cup series on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Dublin Nordic Center hosted the penultimate races in the NENSA Eastern Cup series on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Dublin Nordic Center hosted the penultimate races in the NENSA Eastern Cup series on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Dublin Nordic Center hosted the penultimate races in the NENSA Eastern Cup series on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Dublin Nordic Center hosted the penultimate races in the NENSA Eastern Cup series on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Dublin Nordic Center hosted the penultimate races in the NENSA Eastern Cup series on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Dublin Nordic Center hosted the penultimate races in the NENSA Eastern Cup series on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Dublin Nordic Center hosted the penultimate races in the NENSA Eastern Cup series on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Dublin Nordic Center hosted the penultimate races in the NENSA Eastern Cup series on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Schuyler Michalak of Peterborough races during the Dublin Double Eastern Cup Nordic ski race in Dublin Saturday. Michalak and two of her Dublin XC teammates qualified for the Junior Nationals team. See the story in Sports, Page 11. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The Dublin Nordic Center hosted the penultimate races in the NENSA Eastern Cup series on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Dublin Nordic Center hosted the penultimate races in the NENSA Eastern Cup series on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Dublin Nordic Center hosted the penultimate races in the NENSA Eastern Cup series on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Dublin Nordic Center hosted the penultimate races in the NENSA Eastern Cup series on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Dublin Nordic Center hosted the penultimate races in the NENSA Eastern Cup series on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Dublin Nordic Center hosted the penultimate races in the NENSA Eastern Cup series on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Dublin Nordic Center hosted the penultimate races in the NENSA Eastern Cup series on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Staff photo by Ben Conant—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, February 25, 2019 2:37PM

Hundreds of New England’s elite Nordic skiers descended upon Dublin Saturday to race for a shot at the national stage.

Dublin’s Nordic skiing facility was the site of the penultimate New England Nordic Ski Association Eastern Cup races, the “Dublin Double,” where the best skiers in the state looked to clinch their spots on the Junior National team or make a last-ditch effort to earn their way onto the roster.

Saturday was the closest thing to a home race that ConVal senior Schuyler Michalak has ever had.

“The entire course, I could hear people cheering for me,” Michalak said, “and it was an amazing experience, because it’s like ‘Oh my god – I’ve got to go faster!’”

Michalak skied for the Cougars’ Nordic team for three years but decided to forgo that opportunity in her senior year and race with the Dublin XC club team. Without a dedicated Nordic skiing course, ConVal hasn’t hosted a home race for years. Dublin XC’s state-of-the-art facilities were the place to go for Michalak as she worked to achieve her goal of making the Junior National team.

“It’s just been really awesome to be able to train with Dublin nearly every day and be able to take it to the next level,” Michalak said. “You have groomed trails every day, they are incredible trails to train on because it’s so much elevation gained and lost. Having the opportunity so close and the team of incredible people, surrounded by the fastest girls, it’s a really cool environment.”

Michalak and those “fast girls” from Dublin made their mark on Saturday, winding through the uphills and hairpin turns of the wooded course and then streaking back down the descents. She, Agnes Macy and Lillian Bates held their own against the competition, which included U23 racers from the likes of Dartmouth College alongside the high school ranks.

Bates placed 7th in the U18 division in the day’s opening 3km race, with Michalak 8th and Macy 14th. Bates would place even higher in the 1.5km race, where she took fourth; Macy was 12th and Michalak 17th overall.

Those finishes put all three in line for the Junior Nationals team, which takes the top 15 of the east region based on their point totals throughout the Eastern Cup season. The trio had their fingers crossed as they headed to the Cheri Walsh Memorial 10km race at Holderness on Sunday, the final shot at qualifying.

Michalak finished third in U18 at Holderness, solidifying her spot on the Junior National team with the seventh-most Eastern Cup points. Macy took 17th and was named to the JN team as an alternate. Bates had already secured the fourth position on the JN team after Saturday’s races and did not race on Sunday.

Dublin’s girls can join their peers in the 2019 USSA Cross Country Junior Nationals in Anchorage, Alaska, March 9-17.

FULL RESULTS FOR DUBLIN XC SKIERS Women’s 3km

Lillian Bates, 15th (7th U18), 8:18.4

Schuyler Michalak, 17th (8th U18), 8:22.4

Agnes Macy, 26th (14th U18), 8:42.8

Lila White, 76th (24th U16), 9:49.6

Men’s 3km

Quinn Wilson, 29th (15th U18), 7:23.9

Aaro Virtanen, 48th (17th U20), 7:38.3

Adam Carlisle, 61st (33rd U18), 7:46.6

Clint Macy, 69th (10th U16), 7:56.8

Women’s 1.5km

Lillian Bates, 6th (4th U18), 3:37

Agnes Macy, 23rd (12th U18), 3:49.2

Schuyler Michalak, 30th (17th U18), 3:53.8

Morgan Nault, 56th (16th U16), 4:09.6

Lila White, 80th (24th U16), 4:39.3

Men’s 1.5km

Adam Carlisle, 31st (17th U18), 3:19.9

Quinn Wilson, 39th (22nd U18), 3:22.6

Aaro Virtanen, 40th (13th U20), 3:22.7

Clint Macy, 57th (7th U16), 3:28.2

Robert Paltrineri, 111th (50th U18), 4:14.1