Six Dublin School skiers traveled to the 3rd Eastern Cup of the season at the Rikert Nordic Center, which is part of the Middlebury College campus. Our skiers, who race as member of the Dublin XC Club with club coach Kathy Maddock, love the opportunity to ski against some of the best skiers on the east coast, knowing that the east coast of the USA is now producing some of the best skiers in the world! Just yesterday a Vermont woman earned a fifth place at the Junior World Championships. Our skiers also earn USSA points which help them qualify for better seedings which can help them qualify for national competitions and camps.
We had a couple of big stories for the weekend. George Henry Werowinski had a break out day in the classic sprint race, qualifying for the open heats by placing in the top thirty (22nd) overall! GH had not even qualified for the U18 heats before so it was a big deal to jump to qualifying in the open competition and finishing just two second behind Calvin in the qualifier.
Both Calvin and GH had solid heats, but neither qualified for the semis. Lilly also qualified for the open heats racing as a U16 skier. Robyn, Quinn and Agnes all had good days on their classic skis although Agnes was clearly fighting a cold all weekend.
Sunday was a good day for the Bates siblings with Calvin earning his best points of the season in the 15km skate race and Lilly earning Dublin's first ever Eastern Cup podium, finishing third in the U16 5km race. Robyn had one of her stronger races of the season and Quinn continued to climb in the ranks in the U16 boys competition.