Posie Millett ’20 secured seventh place overall at Vermont Academy as she navigated a challenging course on Wednesday afternoon. Millett credited her success on Wednesday to her teammates’ motivation.
“Everyone on the team is really supportive and it really makes a difference,” wrote Millett in an email to The Phillipian.
Strong performances like Millett’s allowed Andover Nordic to secure fifth out of seven schools in the girls team event and third out of ten schools in the boys team event.
The treacherous weather conditions added immense difficulty to the race, according to Neil Thorley ’19. Despite the conditions, however, Thorley was able to place fourth overall in the boys division.
“Warm weather for a few days followed by sub-freezing temperatures today meant that a lot of the course, especially the downhills, were extremely icey,” wrote Thorley in an email to The Phillipian.
Lila Brady ’18 said, “Exposed rocks to slush and hard ice around downhill turns [were among a variety of conditions Andover faced].”
In conjunction with a strong team endeavor, individual contributions included Cole Demeulemeester ’18, who finished as Andover’s fourth skier, and Will Zinterhofer ’19 contributed greatly to the third place finish on Wednesday. According to Millet, securing a spot at the head of the pack was crucial to ensure a skier did not find themselves fixed on the big hill towards the beginning of the course.
Millet said, “[Demeulemeester and Zinterhofer] were able to get to the front at the beginning, so they allowed us to have two more good finishes that brought our overall score up.”
Nordic Skiing will face St. Paul’s next Wednesday.