Woodstock Girls 2nd at Vt. Alpines
(Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)
Lebanon’s Emily Kehoe (5) slaps a rebound out of the hands of Milford’s Taylor Steinbrecher during their NHIAA Division II girls basketball semifinal at Southern New Hampshire University last night. (Alan MacRae photograph)
Stowe, Vt. — With Jocelyn Werle claiming a pair of top-10 finishes, the Woodstock High girls ski team came home from the Vermont state alpine championships yesterday at Stowe Mountain with a second-place trophy, topped only by a dominant performance from Mount Mansfield and its outstanding top skier, Ali Chivers.
Chivers won all three individual races, a single-run giant slalom followed by a two-run slalom, to power the Cougars to their third consecutive team title. The Wasps trailed by just three points after the morning race, but with Chivers taking the slalom by more than three seconds, MMU pulled away from a field of 13 schools and 85 competitors.
“Actually, it’s as good as I possibly could have expected,” Woodstock coach Bill McCollom said. “MMU was going to win unless disaster struck. We skied smart, fast, had fun along the way, and I can’t ask for more.”
Chivers won the GS in 47.71 seconds. Werle led Woodstock with a sixth-place finish of 48.88 seconds. The Wasps’ other scoring skiers were Clancy Farrand (10th, 49.95), Haley Noble (11th, 50.00) and Holli Olson (22nd, 51.20).
Chivers continued her dominance in the slalom, posting a two-run time of 1:11.08 to dust the field. Werle again powered Woodstock by taking seventh in 1:16.80; she was joined in the scoring department by Olson (14th, 1:18.82), Sam Harrington (21st, 1:22.95) and Hoble (22nd, 1:22.22).
Skiing independently, Hartford’s Mariah Palmer suffered “a small mistake” in the GS, McCollom said, which dropped her to a tie for 19th place at 50.98 seconds. Palmer rebounded in the slalom to finish 12th in 1:17.87.
The boys get their turn on the mountain tomorrow when they hold their state alpine finals at Okemo Mountain.
Team scores: Mount Mansfield 55, Woodstock 82, Harwood 138, CVU 148, Stowe 154, Burr & Burton 176, Rutland 241, BFA-St. Albans 265, Rice 297, Burlington 305, Essex 393, Lyndon 395, South Burlington 406.
Track and Field
Another Honor for D’Agostino
New Orleans — With the NCAA Indoor Championships on the front burner this weekend, Dartmouth College junior Abbey D’Agostino added to her trophy case yesterday by earning the women’s Division I Indoor Northeast track athlete of the year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The award matches the same one the Topsfield, Mass., native received from the USTFCCCA following last year’s outdoor season.
D’Agostino currently holds the fastest collegiate time in the 3,000 meters (8 minutes, 55.41 seconds) as well as the second-best time in the mile (4:30.03). The latter, coming in last month’s Millrose Games, broke the Dartmouth school record. She also set a new mark in the 5,000 at the Heptagonal Championships two weeks ago with a time of 15:47.02 that was almost 11 seconds better than the previous record.
D’Agostino is scheduled to run both the 3,000 and 5,000 at the NCAA Indoors, which will be held at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark.
Roland Shares Rookie Award
Princeton, n.j. — After posting her first career double-double, Dartmouth freshman Lakin Roland was named co-rookie of the week by the Ivy League yesterday, sharing the award with Harvard’s Temi Fagbenle.
A Jeffersonville, Ind., native, Roland had 20 points and 12 rebounds in Saturday’s Leede Arena loss to league-leading Princeton. It’s her second such selection this season, having also earned recognition on Jan. 12 following a then-career-best 13 points against Harvaard.
The Big Green closes its home slate this evening when Cornell plays a 6 p.m. visit to Leeded in a makeup game from a contest snowed out earlier this winter.