Harwood Nordic Skiers Qualify for Championships
Harwood Union High School nordic skiers Noah Eckstein, Anneka Williams, Jordi Kulis, Kyle Marie Hekeler, Madeline Strasser, Phoebe Sweet, and Finn Sweet competed Saturday, February 18th at the Eastern High School/ U16 qualifier at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center.
All qualified for either the U-16's or Eastern High School Championships! This is the largest group from Harwood Union that has ever qualified!
The Eastern U16 (formerly J2) Championships is the premier event for cross-country skiers under 16 years of age. Participation is limited to 22 boys and 22 girls from each state – Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Vermont. The event is held over the course of 3 days with 4 races total. Skiers qualify to represent Vermont by racing in a classic race in the morning and a skate race in the afternoon. The times for both races are combined and the top 22 boys and 22 girls are named to the team. This year U16’s are being held in Farmington, ME at Titcomb Mountain on March 10-12th. Skiers who qualify for the team represent Vermont as part of the Vermont Nordic Elite Ski Team.
The Eastern High School Championships is the season finale for high school cross-country skiers. Participation is limited to 24 men and 24 women from each state – Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Vermont. The event is held over the course of 3 days with 4 races total. Skiers qualify to represent Vermont on by racing in a classic race in the morning and a skate race in the afternoon. The times for both races are combined and the top 18* boys and 18* girls are named to the team. The last six spots will be filled based on skiers who registered for the qualifier and posted the top times in the combined results from the individual races at the VT State Meet.
This year EHSC’s are being held in Chittenden, VT at Mountain Top Inn and Resort on March 17-19th.