CVU Nordic girls win, boys take third

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Some of the CVU girls Nordic ski team at the top of Cochran’s Ski Area at the Tour de Chittenden stage race. From left, Anna Van Buren, Maddie Haydock, Aidan Palmer, Chloe Silverman, Celia Cote, Kate Zoller, Geneva Cote, Sadie Holmes, and Emma Crum.

By JULIE HOLMES

The Champlain Valley Union High School Nordic team just completed its “Tour de Chittenden” stage race — three days of racing held over five days with 12 teams from around the state.

Members of the CVU boys Nordic ski team, from left, Skyler Heininger, Sam Holmes, Nigel Wormser, Connor Faulk, and Gus Lunde. CVU participated in three days of racing held over five days with 12 teams from around the state.

They also raised $800 for families dealing with cancer, especially with teammate Clark Schmitt in mind. It started with a sprint skate race at Colchester High School on Thursday, then a distance classic race at the Jericho range, and the final stage on Monday at Cochran’s ski area-skating uphill to the top.

The combined times put CVU girls on top – by one point – over Mount Mansfield and CVU boys third, behind U-32 and Mount Mansfield. These athletes are tough-starting out on last Thursday with temperatures close to 0, and then ending on Monday with spring-like conditions, with many athletes collapsing at the uphill finish.

Top scorers for CVU include: Emma Strack, Finnegan Mittelstadt, Geneva Cote, Sadie Holmes, with outstanding individual places by Chloe Silverman, Aidan Palmer, Isabelle Mittelstadt, Kate Zoller, and Emma Crum.

Top boy scorers include: Gus Lunde, Jared Leonard, Jonathan McAuliffe, Skyler Heininger, Nigel Wormser, Sam Holmes and Aaron McNally.

The next Nordic race will be Friday, Feb. 16, at U-32 High School in Montpelier.

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