Mount Anthony Nordic impresses in return to the mountain | Sports


WOODFORD — Mount Anthony Nordic Skiing had raced only once all season before Wednesday.

The lack of snow this winter forced the cancellation of all other races the Patriots were scheduled to attend. When Monday’s storm dumped about a foot of snow on Prospect Mountain ahead of Wednesday’s classic race, MAU Nordic coach Rob Short said his team was thrilled. .

“They were happy to finally be able to use their good skis. Most of them have been skiing on their used skis for most of the season and couldn’t feel how fast they could be.

So how fast can MAU go? Based on Wednesday’s results, very.

MAU swept the encounter with both boys and girls teams registering scores of 10 – the lowest score possible.

Peter McKenna was the first Patriot to cross the finish line with his time of 16 minutes 55.2 seconds. Only Luke Rizio (15:57.6) did better. Rizio skis as a freelancer for Twin Valley, but trains with MAU. Short praised Rizio for his work ethic and for making those around him better.

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Luke Rizio, who was racing as an independent for Twin Valley, won the boys race. Rizio trains with MAU.

“He is definitely integral to the success of our boys. He is one of us, but he has to ski as a freelancer.

The top five was rounded out by a trio of Patriots: Silas Rella-Neill (17:03.6), Riley Thurber (17:15.3) and Finn Payne (17:28.5).

Short expects these four Patriots to compete for first place with each other throughout the season.

“We race against each other. It’s not personal, it’s up to the whole group to improve.

Rounding out the top 10 on the boys side were Brady Geisler of Rutland (17:41.6), Tenzin Mathes of Brattleboro (18:18.1), Collin Bevin of MAU (19:04.7), David Lafontaine of MAU (19: 12) and Sam Kay of Rutland. (20:20.9).

The girls were equally impressive, highlighted by Eden White’s spectacular run.

White’s time of 20:24.1 was a minute and 25 seconds faster than second place. She was on a new pair of skis and Short says she loves racing at Prospect.

“I think everything lined up for her.”

Fellow Patriot Sadie Korzec (21:49.5) secured second place while Brattleboro’s Ava Whitney (21:50.6) took third place.

Roey Rella-Neill of MAU was fourth (22:13.1) and Katherine Normandeau of Bratt (23:47.7) fifth.

Rounding out the top 10 were: Erin Geisler of Rutland (23:58.9), Elyse Altland of MAU (24:44), Mackenzie Morgan of Burr and Burton (24:45.2), Summer Murphy of BBA (28:08.8) and Anna Cummings of Bratt (28:39).

Brief hopes Wednesday’s results can bring MAU to a pace that’s been absent all season, no-fault for the Patriots — they just haven’t run enough.

“Hopefully we can get a few races where everyone is at full throttle and really start to see how everyone competes.”

Their next chance to do so comes next Wednesday in Brattleboro.


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