Greetings NENSA Community!
What a fun, busy and exciting week it as been for Cross Country skiing - here in New England with our U16 Championships, Skiathlons and Flying Moose, out in Utah at Junior Nationals, in Colorado at NCAA's, in Norway at the Holmenkollen and in PyeongChang with the Paralympics. WOW!
See box below for the full write ups on all the action at Gore Mountain last weekend at NENSA's U16 Championships, including a first ever ski-cross sprint race for NENSA. It was well received and we look forward to including this new format into our racing schedule next season and beyond!
The final two days of Junior National racing wrapped up last Friday with the freestyle distance races, and on Saturday with the team relays. See box below for links to recaps, photos and results of these races.
The New England JN Team added to their National Title wins with Will Koch (SMS) winning both of those two final races for the U16 males, making it a sweep of the GOLD medals for Will for all four races at Junior Nationals - Congrats to Will on this impressive accomplishment! Ben Ogden (SMS) won silver in the distance race on Friday and his U18 mens relay team won Gold on Saturday. New England had 10 athletes in the top 12 on Friday making them all
. New England also had 6 podiums, and 9 teams in the top 5 for medals, in the team relays on Saturday. These included 3 Gold medals, from the U16 men, U18 men, and U20 women, as well as a silver from the U20 men and a bronze by the second U16 mens team.
Saturday night was also a big night for team New England with several big awards going to our athletes. See box below for the Alaska Cup win and Ben Ogden's Dave Quinn Award as well as SMS being awarded the top Male Club Champions for Junior Nationals.
New England also had some really impressive results at NCAA's out in Steamboat Springs CO this past week. Katherine Ogden (Dartmouth College) WON BOTH the Woman's 5k classic and 15k freestyle races! WOW! Link to full NCAA results
Championship March continues with Eastern High School Championships at Black Mountain in Rumford ME this weekend, March 16th-18th, and, the US Ski & Snowboard Supertour Finals will wrap up in Craftsbury the week of March 23-28.
This weekend also brings the Quarry Road Marathon, the Lake Placid Loppet, as well as the FIS World Cup Finals (see below for full schedule and how to watch!). Be sure to check out our Calendar of Events below ~ lots more winter fun still to come (Craftsbury Spring Fling or NE Club Relays anyone?), especially with all the
snow that has just hit New England ~ enjoy!
Amie W. Smith
New England Nordic Ski Association
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