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Hopkinton girls, Inter-Lakes boys take XC ski titles

Special to the Union Leader

February 20. 2014 9:22PM
Moultonborough Academy's TJ Marchand looks back to check an early lead he opened up while competing in the Division IV Nordic skiing championship at Legacy Park in Bedford on Thursday. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)

BEDFORD — The girls of Hopkinton High made it 10 straight cross-country ski titles at the NHIAA Division IV Nordic ski finals at Legacy Park Thursday.

Meanwhile the boys' team from Inter-Lakes of Meredith grabbed the top spot away from rival and two-time champ Hopkinton.

"I was pretty excited," said racer Sarah Nadeau, who finished first in the Classic and Freestyle events. "All the girls did well today. As a sophomore, I have two more years. I think we can be even better."

The two schools are perennial Nordic skiing powers in Division IV and the team titles have bounced back and forth between the two schools since 2003.

"There's good competition between our two schools. But it's as gentlemanly as can be," said Inter-Lakes coach Steve Olafsen. "The kids all know each other. We enjoy each other but relish the competition."

Olafsen said his boys were focused and prepared to win. "They wanted to win this badly. They've been behind Hopkinton the last few years and they were really hungry."

Meanwhile Hopkinton coach Rob Nadeau felt good about his girls repeating. "We expected our number one and two to finish first and second. And our three and four raced well, too."

It was the second day in a row of NHIAA Nordic competition at Legacy Park. The Division I meet was Wednesday, a day after a big snow fall.

But on Thursday, the sun was out and temperatures were in the high 40's, which took a toll on conditions.

Olafsen said it was hard to choose the right wax to match conditions. "My kids said it was challenging out there."

Trevor Colby of Inter-Lakes, who tied for first in the Nordic Classic race, said the course became soft in spots. "But I like the course. It's the first time we've skied here."

Chris Naimie, the Bow High Nordic coach who served as the NHIAA head official, said the Division IV event was postponed twice because of weather.

"This event was supposed to happen last week Tuesday at Great Glen," said Naimie. "Then this past Tuesday it was called again."

"But the course was great. The Bedford Cross-Country Ski Club did a fantastic job." said Naimie. "It's emblematic of the Nordic ski community."

Boys' team results: Inter-Lakes (777.5 points), Derryfield (733), Hopkinton (723.5), Moultonborough (692), Profile (684.5), Sunapee (471.5), Bishop Brady (89). Boys' Classic final: Aaron Dobe (Hopkinton) 14:35, Trevor Colby (Inter-Lakes) 14:35 (tied for 1st), T.J. Marchand (Moultonborough) 14:40, Cameron Daly (Inter-Lakes) 14:41, Dustin Leclerc (Derryfield) 14:49, Ben Crosby (Inter-Lakes) 14:50.Boys' Freestyle final: Ben Crosby (Inter-Lakes) 14:49, Cameron Daly (Inter-Lakes) 14:51, John Findley (Inter-Lakes) 15:01, Trevor Colby (Inter-Lakes) 15:07, Gavin Faulkner (Derryfield) 15:24, Bob Euiler (Inter-Lakes) 15:29

Girls' team results: Hopkinton (768 points), Inter-Lakes (738), Profile (722), Moultonborough (721), Derryfield (658), Sunapee (641).Girls' Classic final: Sarah Nadeau (Hopkinton) 15:38, Caroline Sweny (Hopkinton) 17:58, Ayla Crosby (Profile) 18:40, Emilia Pendergast (Inter-Lakes) 18:41, Katie Irwin (Hopkinton) 18:57, Erica Seely (Profile) 19:34.Girls' Freestyle final: Sarah Nadeau (Hopkinton) 15:35, Caroline Sweny (Hopkinton) 17:44, Katie Gallagher (Inter-Lakes) 18:53, Ayla Crosby (Profile) 19:02, Emilia Pendergast (Inter-Lakes) 19:15, Erica Seely (Profile) 19:17