Hilary Rich ’09 Continues XC Dominance

Hilary Rich ’09 flew over the finish line during Interschols, placing third overall for Andover. The team traveled to Vermont Academy for the race, leaving at 6:30 a.m. the morning of the race and not returning until just before 8 p.m. There were two races during the day: one individual classic race in the morning and one skate-style relay race in the afternoon. Co-Captain Sarah Dewey ’07 explained, “The conditions for classic were terrible and it was really difficult to judge what kind of kick wax to use. Everybody’s race depended on their wax on a day like that.” The afternoon skate competition was a 3K relay race, which was uphill for the first 2K and then downhill for the last kilometer. The relay team for the boys consisted of Dave Holliday ’08, Walker Washburn ’08, Jonas Allerbeck ’07 and Co-Captain Jim Elder ’07. The girls relay team started with Morgan Broccoli ’07, then continued to Roxy Pierson ’07, Arielle Filliberti ’07 and Hilary Rich ’09. Co-Captain Dewey and Ethan Schmertzler ’07 did not participate in the relays, but they enthusiastically cheered on their teammates from the sideline. The girls took third place in the relay races and third place overall in the NEPSAC’s. The boys took seventh place overall. Last Saturday, a few members of the Nordic team traveled to NMH for a dual meet. Andover won both the girls and the boys races. For most of the girls who competed, this was their first race of the season. The girls’ race was 4.8 km in length. Sara Ho ’08 led the race, finishing first with a time of 18:31. Co-Captain Dewey followed close behind Ho, finishing second overall at 19:20. Anne Elder ’09, Brenna Liponis ’10, Kie Watanabe ’08 and Anne Motlow ’09 finished in third, fifth, sixth and eight places, respectively. The boys race was slightly longer at 6.4 km. Co-Captain Elder led the team, finishing second with a time of 21:50. Holliday and Allerbeck took third and fourth place, respectively. Also skiing well were Schmertzler at 23:29, Washburn at 25:11 and Philip Oasis ’10 at 29:06.