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Alpine Eagles cap season at MOC

Gilford senior Garrett Workman competes during the Meet of Champions at Cannon Mountain on March 7. Workman was ninth overall in the slalom. Charlie Lentz - The Courier. (click for larger version)
March 12, 2012
FRANCONIA It was the cherry on top of an outstanding alpine season for the Gilford High School ski squads on March 7, as the Golden Eagles sent six racers to the annual Meet of Champions held at Cannon Mountain with two more qualifying but deciding not to compete.

After both Gilford squads captured Division III state championships last month at Gunstock Mountain, the competition got even tougher at the MOC, with perennial powerhouses like Kennett joining the fray.

Senior Garrett Workman was the top Gilford finisher on the day, as he took home ninth place in the slalom with a combined time of 1 minute, 17.95 seconds. Kennett's Jake Van Deursen was the runaway winner with a time of 1:09.95.

Workman was the only GHS boy to complete both slalom runs on the day, as Chester Fox and Keaton Quigley also raced but recorded DNFs in one of their runs. Fox clocked a solid time of 38.87 seconds in run one before being disqualified in his second run. Quigley failed to finish his first run and crossed with a time of 47.97 seconds in the second run.

In the giant slalom, Workman rounded out his solid day of competition with a 13th place performance in 58.98 seconds. Fox took 34th in the event, crossing in 1:01.74, while Quigley had an impressive second run of 30.21 seconds after recording a DNF the first time down the mountain.

On the girls' side, senior Megan Pleeter put together a pair of top 20 finishes in the slalom and GS to wrap up an outstanding alpine career at Gilford. Pleeter was 17th in the slalom with a time of 1:24.95, and 19th in the slalom with a time of 1:01.38.

Junior Grace McLaughlin was the next Eagle across, as she was 23rd in the slalom (1:26.60) after capturing the individual state title in the event at the D3 championship meet. McLaughlin was 34th in the GS (1:04.89).

Freshman Caitlin Houston rounded out the qualifying trio, as she was 31st in the slalom (1:32.25) and 42nd in the GS (1:08.62) in what is likely the first of many MOC appearances for the rookie.

Tanner Howe and Beck Stecher were the other two Eagles to qualify for the event, though neither competed on the day.

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