Martina Vale, a 4-year old from Hanover, works on her beginner's skating form July 14 at Dartmouth College's Thompson Arena. Vale is the youngest participant at the Elite Hockey Training Center's day camp, but also one of its most intense. "For someone so small, she is just relentless," said camp director Patti Crowe, a Hanover High graduate, onetime University of New Hampshire player and former Dartmouth women's team assistant whose family has run Elite since 1985. Valley News — Tris Wykes
Winston-Salem, n.c. — Katrina Geurkink loaded up on the medals at Wake Forest University’s Kentner Stadium last week, winning one event and finishing second in three others to highlight the efforts of Lebanon’s Thor’s Stone Athletic Club at the USATF Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championship.
Geurkink, 53, did her damage in the women’s 50-54 age group. Her discus throw of 101 feet, 4 inches, claimed the age-group title. She also finished second in the hammer (109-5), shot put (36-11.75) and weight throw (42-0.75) and took fourth place in the javelin (77-1.5).
Three other TSAC members made the trek to Tobacco Road for the meet (listed with age divisions):
∎ Valerie Thompson, 56 (women 55-59): Hammer, fourth, 81-10; javelin, sixth, 60-0 (personal record); shot put, sixth, 23-6; weight throw, sixth, 27-0.75 (personal record).
∎ Zane Rodriguez, 54 (men 50-54): Javelin, third, 175-1.
∎ Carl Wallin, 72 (men 70-74): Shot put, third, 41-10.75; hammer, third, 138-1; weight throw, third, 57-7.75.
Thor’s Stone finished 22nd as a team out of more than 100 at the national meet.
On the Run
Rusiecki, Connell Win Vermont 100
Brownsville — Massachusetts runner Brian Rusiecki and New York’s William Connell came out victorious at last weekend’s Vermont 100 Endurance Run.
Rusiecki won the 100-mile race in 14 hours, 47 minutes, 35 seconds, more than an hour better than Alabama’s Owen Bradley. Windsor’s Ben Pangie took 31st place for the best result by an Upper Valley native. A total of 230 runners were able to meet the race’s 30-hour cutoff time.
Connell, of Astoria, N.Y., won the 100-kilometer division in 10:28:24, nearly 14 minutes ahead of New Jersey competitor Michael Comstock. A total of 49 runners beat the division’s 20-hour mandate, including White River Junction’s Jay Fauci (13th, 12:09:31) and Etna’s Teresa Lust (16th, 12:44:48).
Hurricane Hill 5K/10K
White River Junction — The Friends of Hartford Track will stage the Hurricane Hill 5K/10K Trail Run as part of the Western New Hampshire Trail Running Series on Sept. 13 at the Hartford Town Forest and Conservation Area.
Race-day parking and registration will be held at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center, with bus transportation to the starting line. Both runs begin at 9 a.m.; the 10K will be the qualifying run for WNHTRS standings purposes.
The cost to run is $20 through Sept. 12 and $25 on race day. Advance registration is available through www.wnhtrs.com.
In the Pool
More Records for Cox
Providence, r.i. — With Hartland’s Ahnah Cox breaking meet records again, the Upper Valley Aquatic Club placed 10th as a team out of 41 squads at the New England Swimming Senior Championship at Brown University.
Cox broke her own mark in the 200 freestyle, taking a second off the standard with a time of 2 minutes, 2.75 seconds. She contributed 119 of UVAC’s 256.5 points with a win in the 800 free, runner-up results in the 200 and 400 IM and top-five swims in the 100 and 50 free.
UVAC’s Kersten Dirrane, of Rumney, N.H., contributed to the club’s success by taking third in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, while Emory University junior Ellie Thompson helped her old club with top-fives in the 100 and 200 backstroke. Elizabeth Brechbuhl threw in two top-seven clockings and teamed with Cox, Dirrane and Thompson for seventh-place times in two relays.
UVAC competitors also qualified for six events in the upcoming junior nationals, which are set for July 31-Aug. 3 in Irvine, Calif.
On the Pitch
Soccer Officials Sought
Lyndonville, Vt. — The Vermont Soccer Officials Association is again putting out the call for help with the upcoming high school season.
The VSOA is in need of referees to cover junior varsity, freshman and middle school matches in central and northern Vermont this autumn. Games start at 4 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. on weekends, with pay of $45 plus mileage for games. Prospective officials must be 17 years of age with their own transportation and a desire to learn the rules of the game.
Contact Bruce James at email@example.com or 802-626-3317 for more information, including a schedule of informational clinics coming up in early August.
On the Tee
Munson Scholarship Tourney Upcoming
Fairlee — The Doc Munson Youth Sports Memorial Scholarship Fund will hold its second fundraising golf tournament at Lake Morey Country Club on July 27.
The tournament honors the memory of Doc Munson, a founding father of several community and youth organizations in the Bradford, Vt., area.
The nine-hole scramble tournament, featuring teams of two golfers each, fires off at noon. A cocktail hour and awards banquet will follow.
The cost for the tournament is $110, including a post-tournament dinner. Guests may also attend the dinner only for $45. For more information, contact Steve Munson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 858-735-5595. Golfers may pre-register for the tournament online at cgagolflinks.com.
Enfield — The Upper Valley Haven has scheduled its fourth Haven Golf Tournament for Sept. 12 at Montcalm Golf Club.
Playing a “shamble” format, the tournament tees off at 10 a.m. For a $1,500 fee, four-player teams will get 18 holes on Montcalm’s Golf Digest award-winning layout, a cart, lunch, prizes and a post-tournament awards reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks.
Sponsorship opportunities, with guaranteed tournament play, are also available. Online registration and other information is available at uppervalleyhaven.org or by calling Haven development associate Kate Dawson at 802-478-1843.
On the Trail
Wednesday Walkers Sets Longer Excursions
White River Junction — Hartford Parks and Recreation’s Jay McDonough, the coordinator for the Wednesday Walkers hiking series, has stretched out a summer series walks to 3-4 hours on nearby mountains, with each group meeting at the Hartford Municipal Building at 10 a.m.
Each trip is moderate to difficult in nature, intended to foster social interaction and visit places that participants may not have previously been able to experience. The remaining schedule:
∎ Aug. 6: Smarts Mountain, Lyme.
In all cases, walkers are asked to wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring water and either a light snack or lunch.
All walks are free of charge. Contact Hartford Parks and Rec at 802-296-5036 for more information.