First Race Raises Hopes

Andover Nordic competed in its first race of the season on Wednesday, January 9 at Holderness, in which it finished mid-table for both girls and boys. The boys placed sixth out of 11 teams, while the girls ended in fifth out of nine teams.

Leading the boys, Co-Captain Sean Burkitt ’14 finished 12th overall in 17:21. Just behind Burkitt was Aaron Finder ’13 in 23rd place in 19:16, and Greer Sallick in 35th place in 20:23.

The girls also boasted a strong set of performances. Co-Captain Elana King-Nakaoka ’14 earned an impressive 8th place finish with a time of 20:21, and Piper Curtis ’13 finished in 13th place for Andover in 21:33.

“It was a really great race and great starting point to the season,” said King-Nakaoka. She added, “It was fun to get people out on the snow and things can only get better.”

“It was nice to let the new kids feel out their skis,” said Burkitt. “We were a little worried about the snow conditions, but it all turned out fine in the end,” he added.

Both captains also chose to applaud Olivia MaLarche ’16, who, although was only on the snow for her second time today, “performed amazingly.”

After a snowless winter last year, the team was extremely appreciative to be on the snow in early January.

Andover Nordic traveled to Waterville Valley, N.H., to compete against St. Paul’s, Kimball Union Academy, Holderness, Vermont Academy and Northfield Mount Hermon on Wednesday. Because results were not available as of presstime, look for coverage of the race in next week’s issue.