The Queensbury Nordic Invitational was held on Saturday, January 16 at the Gore Mountain Ski Bowl in North Creek, with the Old Forge boys and girls skiers racing impressively.
The competition was also a Junior Nationals qualifier for U18 and U16 boys and girls.
The Old Forge Girls Varsity Team won their 4.5K team event, powering to first with 13 points.
Queensbury finished second with 19 points, and Shenen-dehowa came in third with 41.
Nineteen teams participated in the girls competition.
Megan Greene, a U18 racer, led the way for Old Forge, finishing second with a time of 11:20.5.
Old Forge’s Emily Greene finished fifth overall with a time of 12:16.0.
Laura Levi crossed with a time of 12:17.3 to finish in sixth overall.
Rachel Smith finished tenth overall with a time of 12:35.3.
Mikeeli Hanson finished 34th overall with 14:41.9.
Emily Rudolph raced to a second place finish in Junior Varsity competition with a time of 14:40.2.
In U16 Junior Class 2 competition, Emily Greene, Laura Levi, Rachel Smith, and Emily Rudolph scored second, third, seventh, and sixteenth place finishes respectively.
The Old Forge Boys Varsity Nordic Team finished sixth among 22 teams in their 6.5K event.
Individually, Henry Uzda-vinis (U18 Class 1) took fourth for Old Forge with a time of 15:00.7.
Tyler Rudolph finished 26th with 17:43.6, giving him a fifth place spot for U16 Junior Boys Class 2.
Macgregor Ritz-Kenny finished 45th with a time of 19:08.8.
In Boys Modified competition, Old Forge’s Jens Bartel took first with a time of 5:40.7.
Jack Rivet finished third with 6:02.8.
Dawson Dunn came in 17th with 7:32.7.
In Girls Modified competition, Old Forge’s Renee Smith finished fifth with a time of 7:37.1.
Old Forge girls also performed well in Skate-style Nordic competition, all skiers finishing in the top nine.
Megan Greene took first (11:20), Emily Greene took second (12:16), Laura Levi took third (12:17), and Rachel Smith took fourth (12:35).
Emily Rudolph came in eighth (14:40) and Mikeeli Hanson finished ninth (14:41).
In the Boys Skate, Henry Uzdavinis took first with a dominating performance. His time of 15:00 bested the next finisher by more than two minutes.
Tyler Rudolph came in fourth with 17:43.
Macgregor Ritz-Kenny finished seventh with 19:08.