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Concord maintains perch atop cross country hill at state meet

BEDFORD — Concord continued its dominance of or cross country skiing at Wednesday’s Division I Nordic finals at Legacy Park, winning both the boys’ and girls’ team competition for the sixth year in a row.

Keene and Bedford finishes second and third in the boys’ division. Keene and Bishop Guertin were second and third for the girls.

“We have a great ski culture at Concord,” said Tide coach Stuart Kremzner. “The kids work hard in the off season and everyone pulls together.”

Concord’s Nate LaTourette finished first in the classic cross country race as well as the freestyle skate.

Erin Waters and Kate Andy swapped places in their two events. Waters was first in the girls’ classic race, and Andy was second. In the freestyle skate, Andy was first, and Waters second.

Steve Mandeville, coach for host school Mancheter West, said conditions at Legacy Park were ideal.

“Conditions are perfect. We got about a foot (of snow) yesterday and it came at the right time” said Mandeville.

Waters felt the conditions made her work a little harder. “Soft but a little mushy. Manageable but it was fun,” she said.

Despite the excitement of the Winter Olympics, Wednesday’s champions saud they harbored no ambitions of competing at that level.

LaTourette, a senior, plans to ski at Bowdoin College. But he said, “There’s a lot that goes into being an Olympian.”

“(Olympic training) would limit my ability to do other things,” said Waters, a junior, who plans to be back next season. “It’s still a lot of fun for me.”

Division I Nordic Finals

At Legacy Park, Bedford

Boys’ Classic: Nate LaTourette (Concord) 15:43, David Bain (Keene) 17:14, Evan Twarog (Keene) 18:01, Caleb Seymour (Concord) 18:14, Josh Pifer (Concord) 18:33, Griffin Parodi (Keene) 18:43

Boys Freestyle Skate: Nate LaTourette (Concord) 13:26, David Bain (Keene) 15:05, Jamie Lelson (Concord) 16:11, Caleb Seymour (Concord) 16:28, Josh Pifer (Concord) 16:40, Josh Hallenbeck (Bedford) 16:50

Girls’ Classic: Erin Waters (Concord) 18:23, Kate Andy (Concord) 19:29, Jessica Nelson (Concord) 20:12, Sabrina Lawrence (Concord) 21:17, Michaella Conery (Concord) 21:40, Maehgan Connor (Concord) 21:48

Girls’ Freestyle Skate: Kate Andy (Concord) 15:20, Erin Waters (Concord) 15:32, Jacqueline Bengston (Concord) 16:36, Jessica Helson (Concord) 16:46, Michaella Conery (Concord) 17:40Audrey Damphouse (Keene) 18:37


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