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HU Nordic finishes strong at states

Nathanael Kuzio finished 13th at the Vermont
High School Nordic State meet in Grafton.
He is among three Harwood skiers named to
the J2 team and has qualified for the Eastern
High School Team.


After two solid days of racing in both the classical and freestyle techniques, a young Harwood team came away with some impressive performances.

Freestyle State Championships results at the Ethan Allen Range in Jericho on February 24:

Both the boys’ and girls’ teams finished in fifth place. The top individual standings for the boys was a seventh-place finish by Nathanael Kuzio. For the girls, Grace Butler finished in ninth.

Other top finishers for Harwood included Brennan Degen, 22nd, Geordy Aitken, 34th, and Marcus Helmken, 37th, for the boys. For the girls: Olivia Nishi, 39th, Ellie Ramsey, 40th, and Sarah Hoyne, 41st.

Classical State Championships were held at Grafton Ponds on February 29. Again, both the boys’ and girls’ teams finished in fifth place. Top individual finish for the boys was Nathanael Kuzio in 13th place. Grace Butler finished in 14th for the girls.

Other top Harwood finishers were Brennan Degen, 28th, Geordy Aitken, 36th, and Will Robinson, 39th, for the boys. Top finishers for the girls were Sarah Hoyne, 26th, Ellie Ramsey, 34th, Olivia Nishi, 42nd, and Kate Stevens, 48th.

 

Summary

 

It was a great season for Harwood Nordic. Although the team is comprised of mostly freshmen and sophomores, they had a solid finish at the state meets.Harwood places three skiers on Vermont J2 team: Nathanael Kuzio, Brennan Degen and Marcus Helmken. Nathanael Kuzio also qualified for the Eastern High School Team.

All skiers continued to improve all season. Several skiers did considerably well in their first year of ski racing.

Although many high school skiers had to travel to find snow, Harwood skiers were able to train almost every day right out their own back door onto the athletic fields of Harwood. “Tom (assistant coach Tom Strasser) and I did not get to groom much of the woods terrain this year, but we did have skiing on the fields almost every day,” said head coach John Kerrigan.

Team morale was very high especially considering the dearth of snow. I give a lot of credit to our first-year skiers showing courage while facing the icy conditions that tested even the skills of our most experienced skiers.

We wish good luck to our senior co-captains Geordy Aitken and Cameron Hancock for the boys, Olivia Nishi and Kate Stevens for the girls.  They have provided us with leadership and encouragement all season and take with them fond memories of six years of racing for Harwood High School and Middle School.

 

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