Skiing: Trojans capture second in Class S

KatherineMarra314The final race of the regular season was a reminder to the Weston High boys ski team of what kind of competition it will face at the State Open.

The Trojans took on a fast and large field at Mount Southington last Monday, March 4. A team time of 267.09 seconds was good for wins over Greenwich (272.63), Joel Barlow (288.44) and Guilford (293.59) but was behind Glastonbury (261.79) and Cheshire (263.35). They finish the season at 18-4 overall and 6-1 in Class S, placing second behind Wilton.

By finishing ahead of Joel Barlow the Trojans took first in the South-West Conference.

More than 100 skiers took part in the race. Weston had one finish in the top 10.

Jon Buddenghagen had his team’s fastest time. A combined 42.94 put him eighth, 0.03 second ahead of Glastonbury’s Dave Kimball.

The Trojans had one other skier in the top 20. Taking 16th, Dave Gardell finished with a 43.63.

Although a little farther back in the field, the rest of Weston’s scorers had some close times. Four were within the span of less than a second.

A 44.745 got Pete Gardell 27th overall, 0.01 second ahead of Glastonbury’s Chad Allen. Taking 30th, Chris Mac had a 45.01.

Two Weston skiers posted back-to-back times. Rick Ruiz posted a 45.36 for 35th and Travis Whitmore was right behind him 0.04 second later for 36th to complete the scoring for he team.

It was too close to call for 41st. Harry Manning and Glastonbury’s Nick Hobert each tied with a 45.83.

Will Coates was 50th in 46.72. Next for Weston was Joe Story with a 48.44, good for 61st to complete the varsity slate.

The Trojans girls also had a strong finish to the season, picking up five wins and finishing at 12-4 overall and 6-2 in Class S. A 284.58 beat Cheshire (288.14), Greenwich (291.95), Glastonbury (296.26), Guilford (316.39) and Lauralton Hall (350.30) but was behind Joel Barlow (277.36), which not only won the Class S championship but the SWC title as well.

As has been the case in every race this season, Weston’s top spot was occupied by Shelby Merberg. A combined time of 45.00 put her fifth overall, 0.03 second behind Cheshire’s Liz Cunningham.

She was one of three Weston girls in the top 20 overall spots. Anna Dickstein was next in 46.49, just 0.03 second behind Ridgefield’s Meredith Kresic and 14th overall.

Also making the top 20 was Katherine Marra, who posted a 47.09, good for 19th overall.

Two skiers tied for 30th overall. Weston’s Natalie Schanzer and Greenwich’s Caroline Markowitz each had a 48.39.

A tight group of Weston skiers then followed, all having times within a span of less than a second. Taking 36th, Hayley Singer had a 48.57.

Completing the scoring for Weston, Alex Fontaine was right behind her with a 49.04. Emma Cook was 38th in 49.11.

Two places later was Sarah Radisch with a 49.15. Clemmie Fellowes finished 43rd in 49.33.

Also in the varsity race, Ina Andressen fell on her second run but managed to finish and was 79th with a 57.50.

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