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Knight boys second, Prospect fourth at Gunstock

ZACK COUCH was Prospect Mountainís second skier in both the giant slalom and slalom (pictured) Friday, Feb. 5, at Gunstock. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
February 08, 2010
GILFORD — Delays were the name of the game at the Lakes Region Championships on Friday, Feb. 5, at Gunstock, but when all was said and done, the Kingswood and Prospect Mountain skiers had put together solid efforts.

The race started more than a half-hour late and the morning runs of slalom weren't completed until close to 1 p.m. With darkness descending quickly on Gunstock, the afternoon giant slalom was limited to only one run per competitor, which still took almost an hour after starting 15 minutes after the scheduled start.

When the results were tabulated, the Kingswood boys had finished second, two spots ahead of their counterparts from Prospect Mountain, while the Kingswood girls had took third place. Prospect Mountain had only one girl racing and finished eighth out of the eight schools.

In the morning slalom, Kingswood's Dan Cronin led the way for the local skiers, as he placed fifth overall with a time of 76.61 for the two runs combined. Scott Chrysafidis was next for the Knights, as he placed 10th overall in a time of 89.92 for his two runs.

Peter Gibson clocked in with a time of 95.16 to take 12th place, just a bit ahead of Nate Braun, who finished in 95.88 to take 13th place overall to finish out the scoring for the Knights.

For Prospect Mountain, Kyle Rondeau had a solid two runs and finished seventh overall with a time of 85.84. Zack Couch was second for the Timber Wolves, placing 15th overall with a time of 97.77. Kameron Hutchins raced to 27th place in a time of 115.75 and Jesse Emerson rounded out the scoring for Prospect with his 38th place finish in a time of 134.79. Tyler Finethy had a good first run of 43.34 that would've put him in the top 10 to 15, but didn't record a time on his second run.

For the girls in the morning slalom, Mandy Cronin led the way for Kingswood, scoring a 10th place finish in a time of 99.37. Alison MacDonald was second for the Knights, placing 14th in a time of 104.20, while Sadie Meyer was one spot behind that in 15th place with a time of 105.23. Grace Meserve rounded out the scoring for the Lady Knights, placing 18th overall in a time of 106.87.

Lauren Stearns was the lone Prospect girl and she placed 45th overall in a time of 182.45.

In the afternoon giant slalom run, Dan Cronin again led the way for Kingswood, as he placed fourth overall in 36.35, just one spot ahead of Braun, who recorded a time of 37.06 for fifth place. Chrysafidis finished third among the Knight skiers with his time of 39.26, placing him 10th overall and Max Gustafson rounded out the scoring for Kingswood with a 15th place finish in 40.61.

For Prospect Mountain, Finethy was the top skier, placing eighth overall in 39.13, while Couch raced to 23rd overall in 42.18 to take second for the Timber Wolves. Hutchins was the third Prospect scorer, placing 35th in 46.21 and Emerson was 46th overall in a time of 51.85. Rondeau fell on his giant slalom run and placed down in the field with a time of 78.04.

For the girls, Mandy Cronin was again the top local skier, as she raced to third place overall in 37.52 seconds. Meyer was second for Kingswood, recording a time of 43.51 for 15th place. Meserve was just one spot back with her time of 43.63 and Megan Horne rounded out the scoring for the Knights with a 19th place finish in 44.04.

Stearns was again Prospect's lone finisher, taking 46th place in 66.83.

The Kingswood girls are the only team with a meet left on the schedule. The Division II girls' state meet is today, Thursday, Feb. 11, at 10 a.m. at Cranmore in North Conway.

Martin Lord Osman
Brewster Academy
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