Recreation: Fontaine, Hagley Run to Shuffle Wins

Alexa Goad of Windsor, Vt., calms her dog, Diesel, before the start of the Shamrock Shuffle 5K race in Lebanon, N.H., on March 22, 2014. 
Valley News - Sarah Priestap

Alexa Goad of Windsor, Vt., calms her dog, Diesel, before the start of the Shamrock Shuffle 5K race in Lebanon, N.H., on March 22, 2014. Valley News - Sarah Priestap

Lebanon — Running through a spring snow squall without much difficulty, Lebanon’s Josh Fontaine and Laura Hagley ran to victories in the Shamrock Shuffle 5K on Saturday, the opening event on the seven-stop Upper Valley Running Series.

A Lebanon High School junior, Fontaine picked up the overall win, zipping over the 3.1-mile course in 15 minutes, 51 seconds, a personal-best for Fontaine over the distance. Hagley led the women’s field, claiming seventh place overall in 17:30.

The top 50 results as well as those for members of the Upper Valley Running Club are in the chart on this page. The UVRS resumes with the 6.1-mile Road to the Pogue in Woodstock on May 10.

In the Pool

UVAC 2nd at Zones

Ithaca, n.y. — Hartland’s Hannah Cox delivered six individual victories and the Upper Valley Aquatic Club’s six-swimmer team got a big bang for its buck, racing to second place at the Eastern Zone Sectional Championship at Ithaca College last weekend.

UVAC scored 424 points, with Cox providing a meet-best 148 on her own. Cox’s victories came in the 100-yard freestyle (50.71 seconds), 200 free (1:47.31), 500 free (4:49.17), 1,000 free (9:51.04), 200 individual medley (2:02.08) and 400 IMI (4:17.48). The latter five were all pool records, and all were personal bests for Cox.

Kersten Derrane, of Rumney, N.H., provided 83 points, topping her weekend by placing third in the 200 breaststroke (2:19.23) and fourth in the 100 breast (1:03.57). Norwich’s Elisabeth Brechbuhl (54 points), won the 1,650 free in a pool-record 17:07.24, also taking second in the 1,000 free (10:13.39) and third in the 500 free (4:58.60).

Meriden’s Nell Houde and Woodstock, N.H.’s Charlotte Pitts contributed with their efforts in relays. Kimberly Lloyd, 41, added a point in the women’s 200 free as UVAC closed the short-course season in style.

Two Marks for Bedford

Boston — Etna masters swimmer Fritz Bedford added two New England records to his impressive resume to highlight Upper Valley competitors racing in the New England Short-Course Yards Championship at Harvard University on Saturday.

Racing in the men’s 50-54 age group, Bedford chopped two seconds off the existing regional record in the 50-yard backstroke with a time of 24.90 seconds. Bedford also clocked a 22.37 in the 50 freestyle that broke a 14-year-old New England record. His 1:08.49 in the 100 breaststroke was good for second place in his age group.

UV Rays masters coach Barbara Hummel also raced at Harvard, recording a 1:24.25 in the 100 breast to win the women’s 60-64 age group.

The Rays will host a masters mini-meet at UVAC on May 4, an event open to all swimmers who are registered with U.S. Masters Swimming.

On the Snow

Double Win for Graves

Greenwich, n.y. — Suicide Six skier Tanner Graves came up with wins in the slalom and giant slalom during last weekend’s Vermont Alpine Racing Association’s “World Championship” races at New York’s Willard Mountain and Vermont’s Magic Mountain.

Willard hosted the slalom on Saturday, which Graves won in the boys U12 division with a two-run time of 1 minute, 9.46 seconds. Graves also topped the field in Sunday’s GS at Magic, in which the victory was determined by the best net overall time over four runs.

Norwich’s Emma Austin and Emma Taylor skied in the girls U12 races. Austin, competing for the Okemo Racing Team, was third in the slalom (1:15.54) and fourth in the GS. After not finishing Saturday’s slalom, Austin — a Quechee Ski Club skier — rebounded to take 13th in Sunday’s GS back at Magic.

The championship brought together top qualifying skiers from VARA’s mid-Vermont and southern Vermont councils.

Ford Sayre Masters Claim Championships

Hanover — Five members of the Ford Sayre Ski Council’s masters program wrapped up successful Nordic skiing seasons by claiming their age-group championships in the season-long Zak Cup points series.

West Lebanon’s Jonathan Chaffee (ages 65-69) and three Hanover competitors — Chris Nice (60-64), Bryce Wing (55-59) and Rick Powell (50-54) — all won their divisions in the 10-race series. New London’s Ellen Chandler (50-54) was Ford Sayre’s lone women’s victor. Nice also ranked third and Powell seventh among all masters skiers in the Zak Cup series out of a total of 59 skiers.

The Ford Sayre masters’ season included a win for the team of Chaffee, Nice, Wing and Powell at the Men’s Club One-Day Championship at Jackson, N.H., on Jan. 26.

The Zack Cup began with the Dec. 28 Mount Hor Hop in Westmore, Vt., and included skate and classic events at distances ranging from 7 to 50 kilometers.

On the Tee

NHGA Rules Meeting

Concord — The New Hampshire Golf Association will hold its annual spring rules of golf clinic on April 5 at Concord’s Beaver Meadow Golf Course.

The clinic runs from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. A $20 fee is charged to cover lunch for all participants.

For more information or to reserve a spot at the clinic, contact the NHGA’s John Jelley at 603-540-1631 or jjelley@nhgolf.com. Space is limited.

Stateline Sports Tourney

Springfield, Vt. — The snow will eventually melt, and when it does, golfers will take center stage for the third Stateline Sports Golf Classic at Crown Point Country Club on May 4.

The tourney is dedicated to the memory of Stateline Sports co-founder Bob Vanier, who died in 2011. All proceeds from the tournament go toward the Carter Community Building Association’s Pat Walsh Sneaker Fund, which provides footwear to underprivileged children in the Lebanon area.

Registration and a pre-tournament barbecue begin at noon, with the shotgun-start tourney firing off at 2 p.m. The top three teams earn prizes, as will winners of closest-to-the-pin and longest-drive competitions. A chance to win a 2014 car will also be available.

The tournament cost of $60 includes greens fees, carts, use of the range and practice areas and the barbecue. Singles and groups are encouraged to register by the April 15 deadline. Contact Bud Hill for more information at 603-298-8090 or bud.hill@statelinesports.com.