HUNTINGTON — Harwood and U-32 were represented by strong Nordic ski contingents during qualifying races at Sleepy Hollow for Eastern High School Championships and Under-16 Championships.

Waterbury’s Ava Thurston placed second on the girls side, while Montpelier’s Brian Bushey placed third for the boys. Participants in both age categories competed in the same packed field, with skiers racing in one classic event and one freestyle competition. The times were added together to determine overall results, and the top 20 boys and girls automatically qualify for Easter High School Championships in Fort Kent, Maine, from March 15-17. The top 24 boys and girls among U-16 competitors are eligible to compete at Eastern U-16 Championships from March 8-10 in Bethel, Maine.

Stratton’s Anna Lehmann was the fastest girls qualifier with a two-race time of 16 minutes 19 seconds. Thurston, who races at the high school level for Harwood, placed second in 16:53.2. Fellow Highlander Mckenzie Greenberge finished 45th (20:30.5).

Although racers were not competing for their high schools, the U-32 crew was out in full force. May Lamb (16th, 18:15.3) set the pace for fellow Raiders Jesse Colnes (33rd, 19:28.2), Ginger Knight (35th, 20:01.9), Ayla Bodach-Turner (40th, 20:14.1) and Anna Knauss (46th, 20:32.6).

Green Mountain Valley School skier Joshua Valentine won the boys race in 14:16.1. Bushey (14:20.4) also races for GMVS and was close behind. Waterbury’s Finn Sweet placed sixth (14:35.5). The top U-32 skiers were Greyson Davis (16th, 15:16.3), Trevor Patterson (22nd, 15:49.3), Jed Kurts (23rd, 15:52.5), Hans Krokenberger (25th, 16:06), Sam Clark (38th, 16:35.2) and Tzevi Schwartz (39th, 16:36.2). Former teammate Aiden Casey was 21st (15:42.1).

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