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Houston, Quigley excel at Ragged

by Jeff Lajoie
Sports Reporter

Junior Keaton Quigley tears down the hill during GS action at Ragged Mountain on Jan. 10. Quigley led Gilford with a pair of top 10 finishes on the day. Jeff Lajoie. (click for larger version)
January 13, 2014
DANBURY Some morning snow added to the ambiance for the Gilford High School alpine ski team, as the Golden Eagles kicked off 2014 with a giant slalom race at Ragged Mountain featuring most of the Lakes Region squads hosted by Newfound Regional High School.

The Gilford girls' team led the way on the day, as the squad posted second place team finishes in both the morning and afternoon sessions. Pacing the Eagles was junior Caitlin Houston, who posted a pair of top five finishes. In the morning session, Houston finished fourth overall with a two-run total of 1:17.25. Behind Houston's finish, Gilford amassed 353 points in the morning, behind only powerhouse Bishop Brady (388 points).

Stratton Coleman was the second Eagle down the hill in the girls' race, as she was an impressive 10th overall in 1:22.42. Emily Hanf nabbed 15th place in the morning (1:26.15) to take home third scorer honors, while Jenny Hancock rounded out the team with a 27th place performance (1:40.96).

In the afternoon session, Gilford finished in a tie for second with Prospect Mountain, as both squads totaled 355 points to finish behind Brady (388). Houston was stellar yet again, as she finished fifth overall in 1:19.17. Coleman added a second top 10 showing, as she was eighth overall (1:22.12), while Hanf (13th, 1:25.19) and Hancock (27th, 1:40.97) also aided the cause.

On the boys' side, the Eagles finished third overall as a team in the morning GS session with 349 points. In the afternoon, Gilford settled for fourth place with 332 points.

In the morning, junior Keaton Quigley led the way, as he crossed the line in fourth position with a time of 1:13.66. Spencer McEvoy was next across the line in ninth place (1:19.07), while Collin Hildreth (19th, 1:27.88) and Brad Bergman (34th, 1:36.90) were the other scoring Eagles.

The squad closed out the day with two more GS runs in the afternoon, and Quigley added another top 10 finish as he was eighth overall in 1:17.88. McEvoy was the second scorer yet again with a 12th place finish (1:19.74), while Hildreth (25th, 1:30.30) and Bergman (48th, 1:40.67) closed out the afternoon.

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