Stratton Mountain School shines again

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 22, 2009 10:04 am

Presque Isle, Maine—The Stratton Mountain School (SMS) Nordic Program kicked off their season with impressive results in the TD Bank Eastern Cup Opener. Skyler Davis ’10 finished first overall for the men in the sprint freestyle race on Saturday, and Sophie Caldwell ’08 took first place in both the sprint and classic races. Megan Killigrew ’09 took second place for the women in the sprint, while Gage Fichter ’10 and Isabel Caldwell ’10 swept the podium in the 10-kilometer mass start classic race on Sunday. Heather Mooney ’12 led the pack for J2s in the sprint, and her sister Brooke ’13 took a spot on the podium in third. In the classic race, the Mooneys took second and third in the five-kilometer classic race for J2s, and Tyler Foulkes ’12 took third for the boys.
Davis finished the men’s heat three seconds ahead of the rest of the group. (New England Nordic Ski Association) said Davis’ led the group with his long-gliding style and a dominating performance in each of his heats. His finish put him in third overall for the current Eastern Cup Standings and second in the Junior Olympic (JO) Qualifying Standings. Bridger Tyler ’10 also finished in the top 10, coming in at 7th.
Sophie Caldwell and Killigrew, both SMS alumni and current Dartmouth Ski Team members, finished in first and second in the sprint. Both finished in second for their respective qualifying heats and pulled through to clinch one and two in the finals. Caldwell skied well again on Sunday to prove her status as reigning Eastern Cup Champion and member of the Junior World Team, beating the field by more than 25 seconds. Fichter and Sophie’s sister, Isabel, came in second and third for the classic race as SMS took over the podium. Killigrew also finished top 10 with a sixth place finish. Another SMSer, Rachel Hall ’11, took home 8th place in the classic race.
The Mooney family, Heather and Brooke, stole the show for the J2s with a first and third place finish in the J2 Sprint, followed by a second and third place finish on Sunday in the classic race. For Heather, it was a fight until the finish in the sprint when she and opponent Corey Stock came through the finish only two-tenths of a second apart.
Foulkes came through in the classic race to clinch his first Eastern Cup podium. Mackenzie Fisher ’12 finished top 10 both days, taking 7th place in both races. 
Special Events Director and Master MC Pete Davis was on the microphone for the event, announcing results throughout the event. Pete will announce again during the 2010 Junior Olympics, which will be held again at the Nordic Heritage Center in Presque Isle, Maine.