WITH THE Presidential Range in the background, Evan Yeaton pushes to the finish line of the Jan. 17 race at Great Glen Trails. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
January 21, 2013PINKHAM NOTCH — It wasn't their home course as they had planned, but that didn't stop the Kingswood Nordic girls from skiing to a victory on Thursday, Jan. 17.
The Knights played host to the classical meet, but it had to be moved from Abenaki Ski Area due to snow concerns. The Knights instead hosted the meet at the base of Mount Washington at Great Glen Trails.
The Knight girls edged out Souhegan for the victory by six points, with Lebanon in third, Con-Val in fourth, Kennett in fifth and Wilton-Lyndeborough in sixth.
Micaela Flagg again led the way for the Kingswood girls, as she took home second place overall in a time of 23:35. The only skier ahead of her was defending state champion Hannah Benson of Kennett.
Julia St. Germain was the second skier home for the Knights and she placed sixth overall in a time of 25:24.
Annie Peternel finished third for the Knights in 26:56, which placed her ninth overall and Christine Chrysafidis was the final Kingswood scorer, finishing in 13th place in a time of 27:53.
Constance Vaughn was the other finisher for the Knights, as she placed 32nd in 34:51.
On the boys' side, Kingswood finished in third place behind Kennett and Lebanon, with Souhegan and Con-Val finishing in fourth and fifth place, respectively.
Tanner McFarlin led the way for the Kingswood boys, as he placed 16th overall in 24:00.
Shawn Roseen was the second Kingswood scorer, finishing in 24:45 for 19th place overall, while Seth Richardson was the third scorer, finishing 22nd in 25:03.
Austin Beveridge rounded out the scoring for the Kingswood boys, placing 23rd in a time of 25:18.
Matt Bean came home 27th in 25:47, Sam Coache was 35th in 27:22, Evan Yeaton was 36th in 27:31 and Tom Darling was 42nd in 29:29.
The Knight middle school skiers also competed on the same course and the Kingswood girls edged out Kennett for the victory.
Mary Kretchmer led the way for the Knights, finishing in first place with a time of 23:43.
Emma Bellefleur was second for the Knights in a time of 26:54, placing her fifth overall, while Becky Peternel was sixth overall in 27:27.
Sarah Bean rounded out the field of Knights in ninth place in 31:48.
Brodie Deshaies was the lone Kingswood boy competing in the middle school race and he came home second overall in a time of 22:19.
Coach Tom Merrell's troops will be off to the New Hampshire Series race at Whitaker Woods on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 10 a.m. On Wednesday, Jan. 30, the team heads to Hanover for a 2 p.m. meet.
Joshua Spaulding can be reached at email@example.com or 569-3126