Craftsbury Sprint

Race report by Sam M and Noah

The Ford Sayre Junior Nordic Team got up on a brisk December morning at 6AM. After scrambling into the van at 715 we headed out to Craftsbury for the first skate sprints of the Eastern Cup Season! It was a very technical and challenging 1.3k course because the terrain and surface was constantly changing.

Upon arrival everyone immediately loved our new team Skida hats. But we had to put the compliments aside because the qualifiers started at 10AM. All the boys went together in the qualifiers (J2/J1/0J), then all the girls went immediately after, all in 15 second intervals. Everyone felt pretty good about getting the first race under the belt, and Sam M. and Noah qualified 4th and 9th respectively getting themselves into the J2 skidowns (semifinals)!  Chelsea, Lizzie, Dylan, and Paddy also skied fast qualifiers, making it into their respective quarterfinals.

Spencer in morning qualifier
Noah in morning qualifier

Sam M. and Noah were both put into the same semifinal heat which went off at 1:50 PM.  Sam M. pulled off a great 3rd place in the heat, which got him into the A-finals. Noah barely got 5th just missing 4th place by milliseconds, which got him into the B-Finals. Two successful races considering skate sprints aren’t their best events.

Next came the finals, though the intensity may have been too much for others, Noah and Sam put away all doubts and questions and raced two amazing races.  First came the J2 boys’ B-final with Noah as a star competitor.  Noah raced well and finished 4th, putting him in 10th place overall, a fine finish for the season’s first race.  Next came Sam, who was racing in a pretty stacked J2 boys’ A-final.  After a blazing start, a speedy descent into the first turn, a roaring climb up the so-called “heartbreak hill”, and a strong finish, Sam managed to take 5th in the heat and thus overall.  Both races provided an exciting finale to a seemingly endless day of racing.

preparing for the ski-downs…
… complete with snoring!

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