Champlain Valley Union High Nordic overland skiers can now add mountain climbing wins to their portfolio.
With Autumn Eastman and Charlie Maitland leading the way, the Redhawks boys and girls teams won the Tour de Champlain Monday, a race up the Cochran’s Ski Area steepness in Richmond.
Call it Alpine in reverse.
Eastman scored a win by almost a full minute in the girls’ competition, conquering the hill in five minutes and 47 seconds.
“My heart rate was sky rocketing,” Eastman told WCAX-TV after the race. “It is the hardest thing I have ever done.”
Abby Grab of Mount Mansfield Union was second to Eastman, while CVU teammates Rachel Slimovitch and Tatum Braun were third and fourth.
Maitland beat out second place Wylie Picotte of MMU by 18 seconds on the boys side. Maitland’s winning time was 4:58.
CVU and Mount Mansfield were one-two in both team outcomes in the six school event.
other Nordic victories
Champlain Valley Union High senior Autumn Eastman ruled the ladies in Vermont interscholastic cross-country running this past fall.
Saturday, she ruled the eight-team field in a Nordic ski meet at Sleepy Hollow in Huntington as the CVU girls tied Mount Mansfield Union High for the team victory while the CVU boys team scored a triumph.
The Redhawks leg it out again Saturday at the Jericho Range, Essex High the meet’s host.
Eastman (18 minutes, 38 seconds) was followed across the finish line by teammate Cally Braun in the runner-up slot. Redhawks Tatum Braun (seventh), Rachel Slimovitch (eighth) and Evelyn Needham (10th) made their ways into the top spots.
Top Mount Mansfield finisher was Amy Bruce, with Cougars also taking the following three positions.
CVU and the Cougars each finished with 18 points.
The boys had a winning 14 points to Mount Mansfield’s 28 even though the Cougars’ Wylie Picotte was the victor with a time of 16:16.
CVU’s Charlie Maitland came in second in 16:17.
Other top Red and White finishers included Thomas Clayton in third, Casey Silk fourth and Will Kay sixth.