Three SMS athletes and alumni podium at US Senior Nationals
Rumford, Maine‹During a week-long series of events, the Stratton Mountain
School Nordic Program claimed three podium spots at the US Cross Country
National Championships and named five athletes to US Ski Team Trips. Skyler
Davis PG ¹11 (SMS ¹10) led the overall podium streak with a third-place
finish in the classic sprint on Jan. 3. Alumna Morgan Smyth took third place
overall in the women¹s classic sprint. Alumna Sophie Caldwell ¹08 claimed
the second place spot in the skate sprint on Jan. 8, marking three overall
Davis, from Jericho, Vt., Mooney, the youngest member of the team, and
Isabel Caldwell ¹10, from Peru, Vt., will represent the US Ski Team and SMS
on this year¹s World Junior Ski Championship Team that will compete in
Otepea, Estonia, from Jan. 26-31. Additionally, Heather Mooney ¹11, from
Peru, Vt., Cambria McDermott ¹11, from Putney, Vt., and Patrick ³Paddy²
Caldwell ¹12, from Hanover, N.H., will represent SMS on the USST Junior
Scandinavian Cup Team, a JI Trip.
During the classic sprint, Davis raced to a breathtaking third place finish,
edging out his closest competition by a hair¹s breadth. Davis shared the
podium with 2010 Olympian Torin Koos and USA World Cup Team racer Mike
Sinnott. Davis¹s bronze medal was the very first Senior National podium
earned by a currently enrolled Nordic or Alpine skier from SMS.
Mooney clinched the top spot for women juniors, taking eighth-place overall
in the classic sprint. Mooney led the current SMS women throughout the
series. In addition to her top spots in the overall of the classic sprint,
Mooney placed 15th overall and third for juniors in the skate sprint on Jan.
8. She was also the top J1 and fifth overall for juniors in the 5/10 km
skate. Her results helped her qualify for the USST JI Trip.
Alumna Sophie Caldwell, from Peru, Vt. and now skis for Dartmouth College,
took sixth place in the classic sprint on Jan. 3. Alumnae Isabel Caldwell
and Megan Killigrew ¹09, also current Dartmouth skiers, finished in the top
five for women juniors. Current SMS athletes Paddy Caldwell and McDermott
also earned top five for JI athletes in the classic sprint.
On Thursday, Jan. 10, the juniors competed in a 5/10 km skate, where Paddy
Caldwell skied himself onto the USST J1 Trip. He won for J1s and placed in
the top 10 overall for juniors. Tyler Foulkes ¹13, from Jamaica, Vt., also
had a great race as a JII, placing in the top 10 for J1s.
Later that week, McDermott earned 10th place and Rachel Hall ¹11, from
Cumberland, Maine, ended 13th in the skate sprint for juniors. Paddy
Caldwell was sixth and Bridger Tyler ¹11, from Brattleboro, Vt, was 10th for
the men¹s juniors in the skate sprint.
The SMS Nordic coaches and SMS parent Herve Pelletier have been capturing
great photos throughout the event. Be sure to see the insider¹s perspective
on the blog: http://www.smsxc.blogspot.com/