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Coaches Series comes to White Mountains Regional



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Profile’s Carter Andross, left, leads Mike Klinker from Holderness in the New Hampshire Coaches Series cross country 5K in the Boys A division race at White Mountains Regional High School in Whitefield last Saturday. Charlie Lentz. (click for larger version)
February 04, 2010
WHITEFIELD — Profile's nordic skiers had a chance to test themselves against the best competitors from throughout New Hampshire in the Coaches Series 5K skate race last Saturday at White Mountains Regional High School.

The Patriots did well despite being without their top skier, Cory Snyder, who is currently in Norway competing in the U.S. Tele World Cup races.

The Coaches Series' latest event was another high-quality tuneup as the season progresses toward its conclusion at the state championship meet at Hopkinton Feb. 9.

"These races are good character builders," said Profile coach Ted Gardner. "The kids learn a lot. They make some mistakes, but leave the site with more knowledge than when they arrived."

In the Boys A division race with a field of 134 racers, Profile's Carter Andross finished 65th over the 3.1-mile course with a clocking of 17 minutes, 20 seconds. Profile's Camden Johnson took 79th in 18:31. The Patriots' Adam Roy finished 86th in 18:31,

The hilly course offered plenty of tough racing and with a large field there were a number of spills because of the crowded conditions.

"We had a couple of skiers knocked down, a few that were cold the entire race," Gardner said. "But they just kept going and learned to deal with it."

The Girls A race had a field of 132 skiers. Profile's Grace Lavoie finished 99th in 23:09. Profile's Andrea Ford took 101st in 23:12 and the Patriots' Kate Hesler finished 114th 24:00).

Several Profile races competed in the Middle School Boys race. In a field of 41 skiers Jared Gunter skied to an 18th place finish in 21:05. Chris Seeley finished 20th in 21:30.

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