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Eagles, Knights fare well at King Pine



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FRESHMAN TUCKER JONES barrels down the King Pine giant slalom course on Friday, Jan. 22. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
January 25, 2010
MADISON — Nine teams made for a crowded field at King Pine on Friday, Jan. 22, but with the top teams in Division II and the top teams in Division IV in attendance, things went off without a hitch.

The skiers took to the slalom course in the morning and the Kingswood girls skied to fourth overall, while Kennett only had two skiers available because of midterms, and finished ninth.

The top local skier was Kingswood's Mandy Cronin, who raced to seventh overall in a combined time of 57.04.

Sadie Meyer was second for Kingswood, placing 17th overall in a time of 69.91, while Megan Horne raced to 19th in 70.54. Alison MacDonald rounded out the Kingswood scoring with a 28th place finish in a time of 74.24 for the two runs.

Emily Leich was the top Kennett skier, finishing 12th in a time of 65.45. Taylor Gardella raced to 16th in 69.75.

Overall, Division IV power Profile won the morning slalom with 374 points, just besting Lin-Wood. Plymouth was third.

In the afternoon giant slalom, the Eagles had more racers in attendance and raced to the top of the podium, besting Lin-Wood by 19 points. Profile was third, Plymouth placed fourth and Kingswood was fifth.

Kennett's Molly Shannon was the top local skier, as she raced to second place overall in a time of 59.31.

Elizabeth Welch took fifth place overall in a time of 60.19 for her two runs, while Elyse Clancy followed closely in sixth place in a time of 60.28. Leich rounded out the scoring for the Eagles with her seventh place finish in a time of 60.30.

For Kingswood, Cronin was again the top skier, as she placed third overall in 59.63.

Meyer was again second on the Kingswood scorecard, as she finished 32nd overall in a time of 67.99. Horne was once again the third Knight skier, taking 34th place in a time of 68.82, while Alexandra Lomas raced to 35th place in a time of 69.62 to round out the scoring for the Knights.

The overall standings for the day put Kingswood fourth overall, with Lin-Wood taking the win by nine points over Profile and Plymouth finishing third. Kennett finished eighth.

For the boys, the Kennett athletes came out on top in both the morning slalom and afternoon giant slalom.

Max Brennick won the slalom with a combined time of 50.10, while teammate Michael Larson raced to third overall in a time of 51.31.

Riley Lambert was the third scorer for Kennett, placing seventh in a time of 55.03 and Tristan Weber rounded out the scoring in 19th place with a time of 60.56.

The Kingswood boys raced to third overall behind the Eagles and second-place Lin-Wood.

Dan Cronin led the Knights in the morning runs with a fifth place finish in a time of 52.45. Freshman Tucker Jones was second among the Knights, placing 14th in 58.76.

Scott Chrysafidis raced to 20th place overall in 62.84 and Nate Braun was 21st in 63.41 to round out the scoring for the Knights in the slalom.

The Eagle boys placed six skiers in the top 10 in the afternoon giant slalom to run away with the top spot.

Hunter Haynes easily claimed first place with a time of 56.04, while Brennick and Larson raced to a tie for third place in 57.94.

Kurt Niiler finished out the Eagle scoring with his eighth place finish in 58.93, while RJ Gray (ninth, 58.96) and Ben Garner (10th, 59.23) also finished in the top 10.

Kingswood once again skied to third place, with Braun leading the way, placing 11th in a time of 59.60. Jones was just one spot back in 12th place with his time of 60.06.

Cronin was third among the Knight boys, finishing 14th in 60.39 and Chrysafidis finished out the scoring with a time of 63.15, placing him 27th overall.

Overall, the Knight boys took second behind Kennett, with Plymouth, Gorham and Profile rounding out the top five.

The Eagles and Knights will both be traveling to Waterville Valley for a meet hosted by Plymouth at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 29.

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