Yesterday was an historic day for the Dublin Nordic Team. In its 80 year history of skiing the best finish for a boys' team in league racing had been a 3rd place and the best for the girls, a 6th place. At Proctor the girls finished in second place and the boys finished in a tie for first with Northfield Mountain Herman! The tiebreaker went to NMH and we congratulate them for their excellent racing and sportsmanship.
Senior Tatum Wilson and ninth grader Lilly Bates set the stage for the day when they surprised the assembled crowd by finishing second behind a veteran St. Paul's School duo in the 2 x 3 pairs relay. Each skier alternated skiing 3 laps of the 1 kilometer course. Viivi Salmi and Fiona Johnson had an excellent race to help pace the team to their overall score. Sita Moses was asked to ski on the third varsity pairing even though she had never skied the classic style technique that race rules required. Last week the athletes used a completely different set of equipment and different technique in the skate style relays. Sita did not complain and simply asked that we teach her how to ski before the race! She got faster and faster with each successive lap in the race.
The classic technique requires that we not only wax the tips and tails of the skis to make them slippery fast, but that we also put "sticky" wax under the binding area of the ski so that the skiers can push down and back to propel them forward as if they riding a scooter. Picking the wax is an art and science considering we have multiple options. Coaches Lisa, Alison and Lindsey were great in waxing almost thirty pairs of skis and were fortunate to pick the right wax combination using a sandwiching technique. We had to provide for both the natural snow and the manmade stuff. Junior George Henry Werowinski kindly built and donated two ski racks for the team, which we used to keep track of everyone's skis. Thank you George Henry!
The boys' team was led by juniors Ryan Hyde and Calvin Bates who skied to third place behind VA and NMH. Senior Hyelom Love and George Henry finished sixth and the varsity was rounded out by the pairing of Jared Lewis and Will Stanhope.
All in all it was a great day. We were greeted by Geoffrey's father with 15 pizzas when we returned to our vans! We return to Proctor next Wednesday before heading to Bretton Woods on Saturday for our first state qualifier race. Congratulations to all of our skiers!