Bucs Skiers tackle Lynx Loppet

By Tony Gorman

Three skiers on the Valdez High School cross-country ski team finished in the Top-50 in their first big race of the season.  The team traveled to Anchorage’s Kincaid Park to participate in the Lynx Loppet.  Over 600 skiers participated in the two-day event which featured a 5K classic race on Friday and a 7K freestyle race on Saturday.  “We had a pretty good weekend,” said Bucs Coach Pete Toye.  “I was very pleased at how we did.”

Senior Hannah Norris was the top finisher for the team.  She finished 45th in the classic race and finished the event in 39th place.  Junior Emily Merioles placed 51st in the classic race and 47th after the skate race.

Matt Adamson anchored a boys’ team that finished 13th at the event.      The senior finished raced to 54th place finish in the classic race and finished the weekend in 41st place.  Sophomores John Snelders and Kaden Culled finished the event in 74th and 80th place, respectively.   Junior Mattew Schidner finished the weekend in 86th place.  

“It’s a very competitive group,” said Toye.  “If you end up in the Top-50 in that race, that’s a pretty good thing.”

In the junior varsity races, freshman Sergei Wegner led the boys with a 55th place finish out of 200 skiers.  Junior Jack Scribner placed 103rd and freshman Wes Colapietro placed 174th.  Freman Patrick Connor also did well in his debut on the boards. 

For the girls, freshmen duo Stephanie Allen and Kathryn Keeney finished 118th and 126th, respectively, out of 214 girls.

The team will get a tune-up this weekend at the Valdez Town Series Race #2 before hosting the Valdez Invitational from Jan. 6th-7th.  The race will begin at 11:00 a.m. at the Cato Bridge.  All citizens are welcome to sign up.


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