Bogburn Crowns Champs
Greta Bolinger from Lyme, N.H. competes in the Bogburn Cross-Country Ski Race in Pomfret, Vt. on Saturday Jan. 5, 2013
North Pomfret — The Ford Sayre Ski Council welcomed a record number of youths to the 29th Bogburn Cross Country Ski Race on Jan. 5, crowning champions in three divisions.
Massachusetts skier Christoper Feist won the classic-style race for third- and fourth-graders, finishing the two-kilometer in 10 minutes, 50 seconds. Lyme’s Evan Nichols led Upper Valley competitors, tying for second place in 11:03, while Ford Sayre’s Elsa Bolinger, also of Lyme, finished first among the girls and tied for sixth overall in 11:28. Ford Sayre also placed three other skiers in the top 15: Norwich’s Noah Phipps (12th; 12:49), Thetford’s Eloise Silver-Van Meter (14th; 13:10) and Hanover’s Erik Blix (15th; 13:26) out of a field of 26 competitors.
Vermont’s Will Koch took the 3K race for fifth- and sixth-graders in 10:59. Lyme’s Greta Bolinger led the Ford Sayre contingent by taking second among the girls and fourth overall in 12:36. FSSC added Hanover’s Lucy Glueck (fifth; 12:45), Hanover’s Nolan Gantrish (seventh; 12:58), Norwich’s Patrick Osborn (eighth; 13:34) and Norwich’s Daniel Bander (10th; 13:45) to the top 10. Lyme’s Cassandra Nichols also cracked the top 10, taking ninth in 13:44.
The last Bill Koch League youth race of the day, for seventh- and eighth-graders, fell to Stratton’s Russell Boswell (14:33), who outpaced Ford Sayre’s Adam Glueck (14:47) over a hilly 4K route. Thetford’s Erik Lindahl, also representing Stratton, was third (14:48), while the host club placed three Norwich skiers in the top 10: Kirsten Miller (fifth; 15:25), Ann Osborn (ninth; 17:29) and Alexandra Schaffner (10th; 18:10).
Danbury, n.h. — The Lebanon Outing Club’s Wesley Stocken is off to a hot start in regional youth alpine racing, having recorded wins in each of the last two weekends.
Stocken, 9, won the under-10 division of the Cote Open Dual Slalom at Raggen Mountain on Saturday, prevailing in a field of 26 finishers in a combined time of 56.31 seconds. Mount Sunapee’s Mikko Horsely was more than four seconds back in second place (1:00.66), and Ford Sayre’s Camden Dwyer took fourth in 1:00.92.
Ford Sayre’s Phoebe Garfield won the girls U10 race at Ragged in 58.74 seconds, with clubmate Anna Testorf taking third and Molly Hackett claiming fifth. FSSC’s Jane Goodrich highlighted area competitors by finishing fifth in the girls U12 division.
Stocken started the new year by winning Krantz Open Slalom at Pats Peak in Henniker, N.H., on Jan. 6. In a closer contest, Stocken sped to a winning combined time of 1:16.56, edging Pats competitor Aden Lipsy by about a half-second.