Sports briefs – Nordic skiing update

January 2

Nordic skiing night relays at Montpelier High School

North Country fared well in the Montpelier High hosted night relays on Wednesday, January 2.  Both the Falcons and Lady Falcons relay teams posted fourth place finishes in the event.  The Lady Falcons relay team of Haley Jo Tetreault, Jade Dandurand and Laura Smith completed the relay with a time of 34:40, five minutes off the pace of event winners Eliza Merrylees, Lyra Wanzer and Orli Schwartz from U-32.  The Falcons squad of Brian DeLabruere, Sam Brunette and Dan Decelles finished with a time of 26:49, two and a half minutes behind event winners Will Johnson, Karl Schmeckpeper and Ben Merrylees representing U-32.

Craftsbury Academy Charger Jared Benson and his partners Danny Stames and Charles Belisle, participating on a combined team from Peoples Academy and Craftsbury Academy, finished with a time of 36:39.  Lady Charger Sabrina Thompson and her Peoples Academy partners Emma Lodge and Caitlyn Bain finished with a time of 55:45.  — submitted by Alex Gratton.

January 7

Nordic skiing at Burke hosted by St. Johnsbury Academy

The North Country Falcons enjoyed a strong showing, recording a first-place team finish in varsity girls Nordic racing and a second-place team finish in varsity boys racing.  Senior Haley Jo Tetreault led the Lady Falcons, recording a third-place individual finish with a time of 25:35, 2:07 behind race winner Lauren Gillot of St. Johnsbury Academy.  Jade Dandurand finished in seventh place with a time of 29:31.  Brian DeLabruere led the Falcons with a fourth-place individual finish and a time of  22:13, less than two minutes behind event winner Sam Puddicombe of Stowe.  Alex Cotnoir finished eighth overall with a time of 23:32.

On the junior varsity circuit the Falcons enjoyed more success as Parker LaCourse and Fred Petzoldt captured second and third places with times of 14:17 and 14:18 respectively.  Beka Young was the top Lady Falcon JV racer, taking fourth place with a time of 20:25.  — submitted by Alex Gratton

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