Last weekend, many of the Craftsbury juniors went to Ripton, VT for the third weekend of Eastern Cup racing at the Rikert Nordic Center. Craftsbury racer Claire Ellis shared a number of pictures with us and they do a wonderful job showcasing the talent of our juniors.
Saturday was a classic sprint day, with the top 30 men and women moving in to the open rounds and then the next 12 in their respective age groups entering the U16 heats and U18/U20 (junior heats). On Sunday, all competitors did skate races. U16’s raced 6k, the women raced 9k, and the men raced 5k.
Below is a gallery of all the athletes, thanks to Claire!
Sydney Kulis was 97th overall and the 35th U16 on Saturday, and 42nd on Sunday.
Phoebe Sweet qualified 7th in the sprint (1st U18) and ended up 16th after the heats. On Sunday, she was 23rd (9th U18).
Noah Eckstein was 40th overall in the sprint and the 19th U18. In the junior heats, he ended up 8th. On Sunday, he was 37th (21st U18).
Nathaniel Wells was 62nd on Saturday (31st U18) and 97th (60th U18) on Sunday.
Marika Massey- Bierman was 35th in the qualifier on Saturday, and the 14th U18. She raced in the junior heats, where she ultimately placed 9th. On Sunday, she was 26th (10th U18).
Henry Hoffert was 49th on Saturday and the 13th U20. On Sunday, he was 41st (10th U20).
Griffin Wright qualified 68th in the classic sprint and the 7th U16. He advanced to the U16 rounds, where he finished the day in 5th. He was 6th the next day in the U16 skate race.
Finn Sweet was 65th overall in the sprint and the 6th U16. He was 10th in the U16 rounds. He was 12th in the skate race.
Claire Ellis was 69th (35th U16) on Saturday and 52nd (27th U16) on Sunday.
Callie Young qualified 18th (5th U18) in the sprint and finished the day in 24th after racing the open heats. On Sunday, she was 13th (5th U18).
Avery Ellis was 31st on Saturday, just missing out on the open heats. She raced the junior heats and was victorious! On Sunday, she was 25th (6th U20).
Anica Koontz- Miller was 49th in the sprint (22nd U18) and 45th (21st U18) in the skate race.
Bjorn Westervelt was 114th (31st U16) in the sprint and 17th in the U16 skate race.
Anders Hanson was 48th overall in the sprint and the 12th U20. On Sunday, he was 44th overall and the 13th U20.
Alex Lawson qualified in 11th place on Saturday (2nd U20) and ended up in the A final, where she placed 6th. On Sunday, she was 10th and the 1st U20.
Adrienne Remick was 56th overall in the sprint and the 13th U16. She advanced to the U16 heats, and finished the day in 9th. On Sunday, she was 12th.
Madeline Strasser was 63rd (26th U18) on Saturday and 42nd (20th U18) on Sunday.
Jordi Kulis was 57th (25th U18) in the sprint and 46th (22nd U18) in the skate race.
Will Seivwright put in a good effort on Sunday but did not complete the race.
Matthew Lawlor was 52nd (24th U18) on Saturday and 51st (31st U18) on Sunday.