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Nordic Update

With only glimpses of the winter snow remaining, the Nordic season comes to an end. A hard fought season with many triumphs was one to remember, with five different racing formats, Belmont Hill found success in each one. Nearing the end of the season, the team competed in the Lakes Region Championships, the first of two culminating championships. The format of the race differed from previous races in that skiers had to switch from classic skis to skate skis in the middle of the race, effectively skiing a 6k skiathlon that consisted of 3k classic and 3k skate. With a dangerous S turn, the team was unable to make the podium, placing fourth in a brutal race. Following this race, on the next Saturday, the team competed at New England’s at Gould Academy in Bethel Maine. Due to a storm delay, the team ventured up early Saturday morning with their goal in mind. The race had a unique format with a 5k individual skate race at 12:15 and a 2.5k classic relay race. With one of the hilliest courses in New England for the skate race, the team placed sixth overall. Nordic captain Howard Huang ‘22 says, “It was the toughest course I’ve ever skied and I am proud of our whole team for showing up and trying their best”. However, in the shorter classic race, the team placed third taking a spot on the podium. With one of the most memorable seasons in recent memory, while not able to achieve the number one spot in New England, the season nonetheless, was a huge success. With his final season in the books captain Howard Huang says,” It was a true pleasure to captain the team this year and was the most fun I’ve had in a season, we had many sophomores and freshman step up this year in a huge way and I am proud of how the season turned out”. 

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