by Marianne Christy
The Town of Webb School Varsity Nordic Boys and Girls Teams, coached by John Leach, were each named Section III Champions by out-skiing their competitors at sectional races held Wednesday, February 10 at McCauley Mountain and Friday, February 12 at Osceola.
The girls’ team was undefeated in their regular racing season, with Megan Greene winning the title of Section III individual champion for the third consecutive year.
Champions are determined by combined results of two sectional races: the individual Freestyle Race held at McCauley and the Classic Race at Osceola.
Coach Leach said the boys’ win was particularly exciting because as of Wednesday they were in second place…but on Friday they gained enough points in the Classic Race to take the overall win by a single point.
In the Wednesday 10Km Boys Freestyle Race, Henry Uzdavinis took 2nd place with a time of 0:25:45; Tyler Rudolph placed 5th with 0:29:03; and Macgregor Ritz-Kenny took 10th place with 0:30:54.
In Friday’s 2.5 Km Classic Race, Uzdavinis placed second with 0:06:46; Rudolph came in 5th with 0:07:15; and Ritz-Kinney placed 8th with 0:07:58.
Megan Greene placed first in Wednesday’s 7.5Km race with a time of 0:18:59; Laura Levi took 2nd with 0:19:42; Rachel Smith placed 3rd with 0:20:03; Emily Greene took 4th with 0:20:07; Olivia Phaneuf placed 5th with 0:21:25; Mikeeli Hanson took 10th place with 0:23:04; and Emily Rudolph placed 11th with 0:23:07.
In Friday’s 2.5Km Classic Race, M. Greene finished 1st with a time of 0:07:45; Levi placed 2nd with 0:08:31; Smith took 3rd with 0:08:35; E. Greene placed 4th with 0:08:48; Phaneuf took 6th with 0:08:53; Rudolph placed 9th with 0:09:19; and Hanson placed 10th with 0:09:21.
All of the skiers representing Webb qualified for the New York State Team and will compete in Lake Placid on Monday and Tuesday, February 22 and 23rd.