Hans Weber led the Plymouth Nordic team at Abenaki (pictured) and at Gunstock last week. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
January 30, 2012PLYMOUTH — After a slow start to the season due to snow conditions, the Plymouth cross-country ski team kicked it into high gear with two meets last week.
The Bobcats competed at Abenaki Ski Area in Wolfeboro on Tuesday, Jan. 24, and then joined the rest of the state's skiers at Gunstock for the first New Hampshire Series race of the year on Saturday.
The Bobcat boys had an impressive showing at Saturday's race, finishing fifth overall behind Kennett, Bow, Concord and Hanover.
Leading the way for the Bobcats was Hans Weber, who raced to an eighth place finish in a time of 14:22 for the 5K classical course.
Robert Mills came home second for Plymouth, as he raced to 15th place in 15:09.
Ben Long was the third Bobcat skier, placing 21st in a time of 15:28 and Devin Julia rounded out the scoring with his time of 17:19, which placed him 64th overall.
Colton Hyde (84th, 18:44), Keegan Rasmussen (88th, 19:06), Woody Hedberg (102nd, 20:01) and Dylan hand (112th, 21:00) also raced for the Bobcats in the A race.
In the girls' A race, Marykate Melanson was first for Plymouth, skiing to 57th place overall in 20:53.
Michaela Hall was the second Bobcat, crossing in 22:06 for 73rd place, while Sydney Kahl came home in 78th place in 22:45.
Carolyn Ebner rounded out the scoring for the Bobcats with her time of 22:46, placing her 80th overall.
Cate Huynen (91st, 23:30), Ashley Luscher (94th, 23:41) and Samantha Aguiar (117th, 27:08) also raced for Plymouth in the A race.
In the boys' B race, Jake Harrington was first for Plymouth in 41st place in 22:36, with Jordan Brownstein in 58th place in 24:46, Ben Adams in 59th place in 24:50, Matt Sanborn in 62nd place in 26:57 and Sam Harrigan in 63rd in 26:59.
In the girls' B race, Audrey Hall was 34th in 25:36 to lead the way, while Olivia Miller came home 67th in 29:35. Kat Bishop finished 74th in 30:42, Samantha Wisniewski placed 75th in 30:57, Savannah Bailey finished 79th in 31:32, Jillian Hester was 80th in 32:16 and Anneke Huynen placed 82nd in 32:51.
Plymouth also had skiers in the junior high race. For the girls, Meredith Steinfeldt placed 38th in 30:04, Nora Doyle was 52nd in 35:31, Michaela Schumann was 53rd in 36:49, Ruby Weldon was 55th in 40:39, Ellie Barker was 56th in 41:28 and Koko Hines finished 57th in 50:03.
For the boys, Chris Ebner finished 14th in 20:05 with Troy Warner in 32nd place in 23:26. Ian Barker was 36th in 24:39, Lucas Hyde was 47th in 26:59, Holten Flinders was 48th in 27:18, Ryan Goyette was 49th in 27:34, Toby Phillips was 58th in 29:28, Philip Green was 59th in 29:33, Ethan Whitman was 62nd in 29:58, Sawyer Wilcox was 68th in 31:34 and Mack Doyle placed 73rd in 35:44.
The Bobcats boys skied to second place at Abenaki earlier in the week, with Weber leading the way in a time of 11:12, finishing third overall.
Mills finished eighth overall in 12:21 and Long was ninth in 12:24. Hyde rounded out the scoring with a 15th place finish in a time of 13:27.
Julia (17th, 13:40) and Rasmussen (19th, 14:06) also skied for the boys.
On the girls' side, Hall led Plymouth to fourth place, finishing in 13th place in a time of 15:24.
Melanson skied to 16th place in a time of 16:08, followed by Cate Huynen in 17th place in 16:22 and Luscher in 18th place in 16:31.
Carolyn Ebner (20th, 16:55) and Kahl (21st, 17:27) also skied for Plymouth.
The Bobcats are slated to ski at Bedford on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 10 a.m. and at Whitaker Woods in North Conway on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 2:30 p.m.
Joshua Spaulding can be reached at email@example.com or 569-3126