Stratton Mountain, Vt.— Thirteen out of 14 of the Stratton Mountain School Nordic Program athletes have been selected to compete for the New England Junior Olympic team at Presque Isle, Maine, on March 5-14. SMS Nordic Coach Matt Boobar is the Head New England Coach and SMS Nordic Coach Poppet Boswell is the Head Coach for the older New England girls.
Forty-two spots were up for grabs on the New England team, the defending National Champion, and 13 of those spots were given to SMS athletes. Skyler Davis ’10, Isabel Caldwell ’10, Heather Mooney ’11, Austin Cobb ’10, Tyler Foulkes ’13, Gage Fichter ’10, Rachel Hall ’11, Bridger Tyler ’11, Austin Caldwell ’10, Walker Bigelow ’12, Cambria McDermott ’11, Isabelle Pelletier ’12 and Hallie Grossman ’11 will represent the New England team.
To qualify, athletes must be in the top-10 of his or her two-year age group in New England. SMS has 14 kids who are of the age to qualify. No other Nordic Program in the East had more than seven who qualified.
The 42 New England skiers will head to Presque Isle, Maine, to compete as a team against other regions from throughout the United States. The event serves as the national junior event for Cross-Country Skiing. Pete Davis, Stratton Mountain School’s Director of Special Events, has signed on to be the announcer of the event.
At the end of the qualifying season, Skyler Davis ’10, Isabel Caldwell ’10 and Heather Mooney ’11 are ranked first in their age group in New England. Austin Cobb ’10, Tyler Foulkes ’13, Gage Fichter ’10 and Rachel Hall ’11 are all ranked in the top five for their age group. Bridger Tyler ’11, Austin Caldwell ’10, Walker Bigelow ’12, Cambria McDermott ’11 and Isabelle Pelletier ’12 are ranked within the top 10 of their respective age groups.
The event will kick off with the Classic Sprint race on Monday, March 8. On March 10, the group will compete in a Classic Mass Start. The Freestyle competition will begin on March 12, and the Freestyle Relay will happen on March 13.
Stratton Mountain School is a ski and snowboard academy located at the base of Stratton Mountain. The school serves students in grades 8-12 with winter programs for seventh graders. The SMS community of students, faculty, coaches and staff share the pursuit of academic and athletic excellence.