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Ski Briefs: Ford Sayre Nordic combined wins big out West

  • Ford Sayre's Schulyer Clapp, left, taps teammate Caleb Zuckerman midway through the U16 team sprint Nordic combined competition at the USA Nordic Junior National Championships in Steamboat Springs, Colo., last week. Clapp and Zuckerman teamed up for a third-place finish. Courtesy photograph—

  • Ford Sayre's Ann Rightmire races to a top-10 finish in the girls U18 classic at the New Hampshire Eastern High School Nordic Championships at the Dublin School in Dublin, N.H., on March 13, 2021. Courtesy photograph

Published: 3/16/2021 10:24:49 PM
Modified: 3/16/2021 10:24:48 PM

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. — The Ford Sayre Ski Council’s Caleb Zuckerman won an individual jumping event and teamed up with Schuyler Clapp for a Nordic combined victory at the USA Nordic Junior National Championship in Colorado last week.

Zuckerman narrowly won Thursday’s special jump off the Howelsen Hill K68 ramp, nipping Steamboat competitor Jason Colby by 0.3 points. After hitting 75 meters in training earlier in the week, Zuckerman launched himself for jumps of 69.5 and 71.5 meters, amassing 226.5 points to Colby’s 226.2 to claim the U16 national title.

Clapp scored 140.2 points to place 14th out of 19 athletes in the U16 division. The Lebanon Outing Club’s Cam Summerton was 15th in the U20 class with 78.1 points.

Zuckerman used his jumping results from Thursday morning to set up a Nordic combined win later in the day, covering the 5K cross country skiing route in 16 minutes, 1.0 seconds.

Friday’s action saw Zuckerman, Clapp and Summerton team up with Seth Gardner to finish seventh out of nine squads in the team jump with 608.3 points. Later Friday, Zuckerman and Clapp combined to finish third in the U16 Nordic combined team sprint. The duo built a seven-second lead through the jumping portion, recording the fourth-best ski time (27:32) to end up about two minutes behind Alaska’s Ronen Woods and Skyler Amy.

Zuckerman, Clapp and Summerton all made early exits from the meet’s final event, a knockout jumping competition on Saturday with winners advancing on superior distance.

Geraghty-Moats sweeps
Continental Cup

NIZHNY TAGIL, Russia — West Fairlee’s Tara Geraghty-Moats added to her medal haul by sweeping three events at a FIS Continental Cup Nordic combined race in Russia over the weekend.

The recently crowned World Cup champion started with Friday’s Nordic combined win, overcoming a 10th-place ski jump result (87.3 points) and a 1-minute, 41-second gap at the start by ripping up the cross country field in 13:47.8 over 5 kilometers, ultimately topping Austria’s Sigrun Kleinrath by 22 seconds. She did it again on Saturday, only in reverse — winning the 5K ski and putting up two jumps good enough for a 17-point victory.

Sunday’s event featured two more jumps followed by a 7.5K ski race. Geraghty-Moats jumped well, placing fourth, and claimed the ski portion in 20:16.7 to win the overall title.

Phipps, Bolinger rule Easterns

DUBLIN — Hanover High’s Simon Phipps won one event and took third in another to highlight Upper Valley participation in Saturday’s New Hampshire Eastern High School Nordic Championships at the Dublin School.

Fresh off leading the Marauders to an NHIAA Division I state crown, Phipps opened with a third-place finish in the U16 boys 5K classic, clocking a time of 16:52.8. Ford Sayre’s Sawyer Weale (16:55.7) was one spot back, Hanover High’s Adam Gilbert-Diamond claimed eighth (18:45.5) and FSSC’s Andrew Davis took 10th (18:48.0).

Phipps followed up by winning the 1K freestyle sprint in 2:52.8, beating Gunstock Nordic’s Aiden Bondaz by 0.1 seconds. Gilbert-Diamond was fifth (3:00.6), and Weale was seventh (3:03.0).

Hanover High’s Britta Arvold had a strong championship, earning fifth in the 5K classic (21:06.3) and fourth in the 1K sprint (3:27.4). Lebanon High’s Sophie Longacre was 10th in the sprint (3:37.1), while Ford Sayre’s Madeleine Gleeson (22:12.0) and Hanover’s Elsa May (22:20.1) were 9-10 in the classic.

In U18 competition, Ford Sayre’s Elsa Bolinger was second in the girls 5K classic (19:21.8) and won the sprint (3:07.0) to top Upper Valley competitors. FSSC’s Ann Rightmire (3:13.6), Lebanon’s Ayla Weale (3:17.0) and Ford Sayre’s Catherine Bregou (3:20.4) were 5-6-10 in the sprint. Rightmire (20:06.9) and Bregou (20:23.6) were 7-8 in the classic.

Ford Sayre’s Sam Murray won the U18 boys 5K classic in 16:24.4, with clubmates Dirk Andrew (16:39.3) and Spencer May (16:59.1) third and fifth, respectively, and Hanover High’s Noah Phipps 10th (17:38.4). Andrew (2:41.2), Murray (2:44.7) and Phipps (2:46.8) were 2-3-4 in the sprint; Lebanon High’s Daniel Mladek took seventh (2:52.1) and Hanover High’s Taj Bagnato was 10th (2:55.4).

U14 slalom championships

GILFORD, N.H. — Ford Sayre had a pair of top-25 finishes from the girls and boys during last weekend’s NHARA U14 state slalom championships at Gunstock.

The girls held their meet on Saturday. Campbell Madden had Ford Sayre’s top overall ranking in the two-run meet, finishing 23rd. Sadie Ross took 25th place in a third slalom run that wrapped up competition.

Competing on Sunday, Ford Sayre’s boys had a pair of top-25 finishes overall in Sam Ames (19th) and Gavin Munson (25th). Andrew McGuire was 29th in the closing third run for Ford Sayre’s best result.

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