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Workman shines in rain to pace Gilford alpine

by Jeff Lajoie
Sports Reporter

Gilford senior Garrett Workman attacks the slalom course during his second place finish at Gunstock on Jan. 27. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
January 30, 2012
GILFORD Battling it out with fellow Division III power Bishop Brady, the Gilford High School alpine ski teams braved the elements on Jan. 27, as the Golden Eagles withstood wet conditions at Gunstock Mountain to post solid times on both the boys' and girls' sides in a seven-school meet.

The boys' team came up just a bit shy of Brady in the morning slalom, as the Green Giants claimed the top team spot with 382 points. Gilford was right behind with 380 points, as senior Garrett Workman led the way with an impressive second place finish with a two-run combined time of 57.51 seconds, just behind Brady's Sunny Choi (57.42). Beck Stecher finished in fourth place for the Eagles (57.84), while Keaton Quigley also added a top 10 finish in eighth place (1:00.99). Tanner Howe rebounded after a tough first run to grab the top time in the second run, and his total of 1:04.67 had him 11th overall. Justin Reera rounded out the Gilford finishers in 17th place (1:08.90).

The Lady Eagles also took second place in the morning slalom, as Brady totaled 386 points to Gilford's 374. Grace McLaughlin had the second-best combined time in the slalom for Gilford, as she clocked in at 1:01.84. Brady's Bridget Bryck was first in 1:01.39.

Gilford's Megan Pleeter was right behind McLaughlin in third in the slalom (1:02.16), while Caitlin Houston grabbed seventh overall in 1:04.22. Teammate Emily Hanf was the other Gilford skier to compete, and she took home 21st in the slalom.

In the afternoon giant slalom races, Gilford jumped up to the top spot on both sides, as Bishop Brady didn't stick around for the afternoon single run of competition.

The boys' team ran away with a 1-2-3 sweep in the GS, as the Eagles totaled 392 points, well ahead of second-place St. Thomas Aquinas (374). Stecher was the top Gilford skier in the GS, as his time of 20.05 seconds was the best on the mountain. Howe was second overall, clocking in at 20.11 seconds, while Workman capped off his impressive day with a time of 20.26 seconds, good enough for a third place showing to go along with his morning runner-up finish. Quigley was right with the pack in sixth place in the GS (20.55), while Reera nabbed 13th place to round out the Eagle effort (22.40).

The girls' team also impressed in the GS, and they also took 1-2-3 behind the trio of Pleeter, McLaughlin and Houston. Pleeter led the way in first with a time of 20.99 seconds, while McLaughlin was next in 21.04. Houston was third overall, crossing the line in 21.24. Hanf was 13th (24.43) to complete the scoring for the Eagles.

Gilford's team total of 384.5 points put them well ahead of second-place Newfound Regional High School, which amassed 370 points on the afternoon.

Other schools to compete at the meet included Prospect Mountain, Belmont and Portsmouth.

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