CVU nordic skiers rounding into top form

With an upcoming schedule that includes such options as a classic race Thursday at Morse Farm in East Montpelier and a night relay Wednesday at Colchester High, coach Sarah Strack’s Champlain Valley Union High Nordic skiers, varsity and junior varsity, are ready for all comers.

Last Friday, in what Strack called “a big race,” both boys and girls triumphed over nearly a dozen opposing teams at Jericho Center.

Taylor Spillane earned victory in the girls’ division, posting a time of 15 minutes and 29 seconds to edge second place teammate Autumn Eastman by 14 seconds.

CVU’s Cally Braun was fifth and Kayla Servin came in ninth.

The Redhawks posted a four-point win over runner-up Mount Mansfield Union in the girls’ team scorers as the Cougars’ Annavitte Rand and Molly Carson posted third and fourth place finishes. Some 11 teams competed.

The CVU boys rolled to a convincing triumph in the 13-team boys’ division with 18 points to second place Woodstock Union High’s 57.

Redhawks took six of the top 10 positions, led by Forest Hamilton in second. Behind Hamilton were fellow Redhawks Emmett Peterson (fourth), Sean Delaney (fifth), Cooper Willsey (seventh), Parker Francis (eighth) and Thomas Clayton (ninth).

That was a crowd of Birds up front. The boys JVs, however, topped that feat by sweeping all top 10 slots in their event.

—Mal Boright, Observer correspondent