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Knights get off to a shooting start

Paintball biathlon opens season for the Kingswood skinny skiers

by Joshua Spaulding
Sports Editor - Granite State News, Carroll County Independent, Meredith News, Gilford Steamer, Winnisquam Echo, Plymouth Record-Enterprise and Baysider

MATT LOUNSBURY was the top Kingswood male skier in the opening meet of the season on Jan. 17. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
January 23, 2012
WOLFEBORO — The Kingswood cross-country ski team finally got the season off to a start last week and it started out in a unique fashion for sure.

The Knights headed to Gunstock for a meet on Tuesday, Jan. 17, and despite the rain, enjoyed a solid day of racing.

The meet was unique in that it included a paintball aspect, much like a biathlon.

Skiers skied a total of three laps around the Gunstock loop. After each of the first two laps, the skiers stopped and shot paintball guns. Each skier got five shots per stop and there were three targets to shoot at. For each target they hit, 10 seconds was subtracted from the skier's overall time.

On the girls' side of things, the Knights came home second overall, with Micaela Flagg leading the way. She finished sixth overall in a time of 15.19.

Julia St. Germain came home second for the Knights, as she finished 13th in a time of 17:04. Annie Peternel finished third in 17:17, which placed her 15th overall.

Christine Chrysafidis was the final scorer for the Knights, as she raced to 18th place in a time of 17:52.

On the boys' side of things, Matt Lounsbury was the top Kingswood skier, as he placed 17th in 14:48. Dylan Tarbox was second for Kingswood, finishing in 25th place in 16:57.

Sam Coache was third among Kingswood skiers in a time of 17:07, which placed him 28th, while Austin Beveridge was 29th in 17:15.

Evan Yeaton skied to 36th place in 18:58 and Tanner McFarlin was 39th in 20:31. Tom Darling rounded out the scoring for Kingswood with a time of 21:37 for 43rd place.

The Kingswood middle school racers also fared well on the day.

Brodie Deshaies led the Kingswood boys in 16:37, which put him fourth. Matt Bean was fifth in 16:38 and Mark Chrysafidis came home sixth in 17:08.

Mary Kretchmer led the Kingswood girls with her second place finish in a time of 16:19, while Becky Peternel finished with the same time for third place overall. Emma Bellefleur was sixth overall in 19:24.

After not having a meet all season, the Knights had two in just five days, as they headed to Plymouth for a six-school meet on Saturday, Jan. 21. The meet was put together at the last minute after the scheduled meet at Con-Val had to be cancelled.

The Kingswood boys finished fourth overall, with Chris Brooks racing to 15th place in a time of 15:27. Beveridge came home in 15:57 for 22nd place, just one spot ahead of Alex Fernald, who came home 23rd in 15:59. McFarlin scored for the first time in his career, as he finished 38th in 19:38. Yeaton finished 40th in 20:08.

For the girls, the Knights finished fifth overall, led by Flagg's sixth place finish in 16:08. St. Germain was 12th overall and second for Kingswood with a time of 16:57. Annie Peternel again was third for the Knights, finshing in 17:26 for 15th place.

The Knights will be heading back to Gunstock for the first New Hampshire Coaches Series race on Saturday, Jan. 28, at 10 a.m.

Joshua Spaulding can be reached at sportsgsn@salmonpress.com or 569-3126

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