Thetford Olympian Takes Ski Jump Crown
Lebanon — Thetford’s Chris Hastings, a former 1988 Olympian, soared to a pair of 41-meter jumps Sunday to take the overall Masters title as the Lebanon Outing Club hosted the Masters Ski Jumping Championships.
Eleven skiers from three divisions of USSA competed for medals on the 50-, 25- and 10-meter jumps. Along with the old-timers, 22 youth jumpers also competed in an informal meet.
Tim Dennison of Cheyenne, Wyo., another former U.S. National Team member, took the Master-4 age group with a long jump of 37 meters. Chris Jones, who grew up in Sutton Mills, and competing as a Pre-Master (age 25-29), had the long jump of the day, stretching out to 49 meters.
Former Outing Club chief Jon Farnham was honored after the meet, being inducted into the US Masters Ski Jumping Hall of Fame.
1st Place Rankings
White River Junction — Lyssa Wright, 17, fresh off her top 10 finishes representing Lebanon High School in the NHIAA Division 2 Championship last weekend, picked up a pair of first place rankings and a third place ranking in the New England Swimming Regional Championship hosted by the Upper Valley Aquatic Club last weekend.
Wright, representing Green Mountain Aquatics Swim Club of the CCBA, won the 500 freestyle and the 200 breaststroke events for 17-year-olds and ranked 3rd in the 200 freestyle.
Catherine Gavell, 13, of Lebanon accumulated three first place rankings in the 100 and 200 breaststroke and the 1,000 freestyle where she earned a qualifying time for the NE Swim Age Group Championships to be held in March at MIT. Gavell also anchored the 13-14-year-old 200 freestyle relay with a 50 freestyle split time of 23.82 to bring home the win in that event for Green Mountain Aquatics.
Eloise Hampton, 9, of Plainfield, achieved Top 20 rankings in her eight events including events in all four competitive swimming strokes.
Also, Lebanon’s Vladimir Burnin, 15, had Top 20 rankings in the 100 free, 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly.
The Bruins are Coming
Woodstock — For the ninth straight year, the Boston Bruins Alumni will be coming to Vermont and playing in the Union Arena, Sunday March 2 at 3 p.m.
The Bruins, led by former All-Stars Terry O’Reilly, Brad Park and Rick Middleton, will be on hand to help raise money for the Union Arena Community Center as well as kick off the 10th Arenaversary celebrations.
At the same time, there will be a tournament involving 12 squirt age teams from around New England and New York state. Two teams will come from Woodstock with another representing Hanover.
The coaches from these squirt teams will form the squad playing againsr the Bruins.
Last year, a capacity crowd of 800 turned out. For more information, contact the Union Arena at (802) 457-2500, ext., 11.
New London Position
New London — Scott Blewitt will take over as New London’s interim Recreation Director on Monday, it was announced this week.
Blewitt, who currently holds a part-time recreation position with Sunapee Recreation, has nearly 20 years of expereince in the recreation field. Upon taking over in New London, he will immediately focus on hiring the summer beach staff and preparing the Summer Day Camp program.
“I’m very excited to join New London,” said Blewitt. “It’s clear that recreation is a prioroty among the residents...I know I have big shoes to fill, but I intend on exceeding expectations.
Blewitt is expected to work between 25 and 30 hours per week in his interim capacity.
Miller Earns 1st and 3rd
Weston, Mass. — Norwich cross country skier Kirsten Miller picked up a first and third place recently as local nordic skiers traveled here recently to take part in a one-day nordic ski festival for teams from New England and New York, hosted at the Weston Ski Track. The event featured freestyle sprints in the morning and classic races in the afternoon.
In the third- and fourth-grade sprint, skied over a 400-meter course, Lyme’s Evan Nichols finished third, five seconds behind the winner in 1:35.2. In the girls race, Lyme’s Elsa Bolinger came in sixth at 1:45.9.
The fifth- and sixth-grade sprint, Hanover’s Andy Rightmire earned a Top 10 finish (9th; 2:46.3) and Norwich’s Daniel Bandler was 15th (3:01.7). The girls race saw Norwich’s Ingrid Miller edged out for the top spot by one-tenth of a second in 2:49.5. Greta Bolinger (7th, 2:59.8), Cassandra Nichols (8th, 3:00.7) and Kennedy Lange (19th) of Lyme and Lucy Glueck of Hanover (10th, 3:04) also represented the Upper Valley in the race.
Miller won the girls seventh- and eighth-grade sprint covering the 750m in 2:13.2, while Sarah Spencer of Ascutney finished 16th at 2:43.7. Russell Boswell, skiing for the Stratton Mountain School, won the boys sprint in 1:59.9; Hanover’s Adam Glueck finished fifth in 2:10.9.
Hanover’s Ann Rightmire finished second as the afternoon classic race started with a first- and second-grade girls race. Sara Glueck (fifth) and Imogen Dietz (17th) of Hanover also had top finishes.
In the girls third- fourth-grade race Elsa Bolinger of Lyme was the top local finisher in 4th (9:52.2), followed by Eloise Silver-Vanmeter (Thetford, 11th, 11:18.7) and Katie Davis (Lyme, 17th, 11:45.3). In the boys race, Hanover’s Andy Rightmire (6th, 12:39.3) and Norwich’s Patrick Osborn (13th, 14:06.4) and Daniel Bandler (15th, 14:15.3) were top area finishers.
In the girls fifth- and sixth-grade 3km a powerful string of Upper Valley racers had strong finishes including including Greta Bolinger (2nd, 13:09.6), Ingrid Miller (4th, 13:16.9), Lucy Glueck (5th, 13:47.4), Kennedy Lange (14:21.3) and Hannah Chipman (13th, 14:23.6).
The girls seventh- and eight-grade race was 4 km with Miller taking third at 15:41.1. The Norwich duo of Alexandra Schaffner (11th, 17:00.2) and Ann Osborn (13th, 17:08.4) were also in the Top 15.
The final race of the day was the boys seventh- and eighth-grade race with Hanover’s Adam Glueck in third place finish less than a minute behind in 13:52.9.