Skiing: Trojans qualify for State Open

David Gardell was second for the Weston High boys ski team and 14th overall at a race at Mount Southington last Thursday, Feb. 14. Weston picked up three victories.—Richard Fanning file photo

Some depth in its lineup came through for the Weston High ski teams last week.

Due to soft and rutted course conditions both the Trojan boys and girls teams had skiers fall and not complete their runs. Several of their teammates came through, however, posting times to capture victories at Mount Southington on Thursday, Feb. 14.

The wins also qualified them for spots in the State Open race next month.

“The effort all our racers made and the depth of our teams saved the race for us,” said Weston head coach Rich Fanning. “It was very impressive to see many of our racers put the team effort ahead of their personal goals tonight.”

A team time of 293.59 seconds for the Weston boys was not as fast as that of their previous race. It still got them wins over Darien (296.12), New Canaan (297.71) and Pomperaug (323.67) despite being behind Fairfield (280.95). They are now 15-2 overall and 4-1 in Class S.

With two racers falling the Weston boys had only one skier in the top 10. That was Chase Pomerantz in 46.82, 0.01 second faster than Staples’ James Ashman.

David Gardell was part of a small group of Weston skiers to post times within a span of less than half a second. A 48.39 was good for 14th.

Weston also had two skiers post back-to-back times. Will Coates was 17th in 48.50 and Chris Mac was one spot later in 48.63.

Pete Gardell was 36th in 50.41, 0.01 second ahead of Fairfield’s Carl Forst. Completing the scoring for Weston, Travis Whitmore was 41st in 50.84.

Also in the varsity race, Ricky Ruiz finished with a 51.44 to take 44th. Harry Manning was 53rd in 53.41.

The Weston girls (325.77) raced against a smaller field but still picked up wins over Darien (341.86) and Pomperaug (disqualified, too few skiers) but lost to Fairfield (307.05). They are now 4-1 in Class S and 7-3 overall.

Moving up a few places in Weston’s order of finishers, Anna Dickstein was 17th in 52.26. She was also one of two Trojan skiers in the top 20.

Alex Fontaine also made it in 53 seconds, taking 20th. Next was Katherine Marra in 53.97.

Ina Andressen’s 54.39 put her 26th, 0.01 second behind Fairfield’s Lauren Craighead.

Taking 30th, Emily Robbins had a 55.11. Natalie Schanzer completed the scoring for the team in 57.04.

Weston takes on Guilford, Glastonbury, Cheshire, Joel Barlow and Greenwich on Feb. 27 in the final race of the regular season.

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