Stratton Mountain School senior Heather Mooney, Peru, Vt., and PG Skyler Davis, Stratton, Vt., took home national titles in the Nordic Junior Olympics Sprint on March 7.
Senior Cambria McDermott, Putney, Vt., came in third for J1s, and senior Rachel Hall, Cumberland, Maine, came in 5th for the girls. Freshman Brooke Mooney, Peru, Vt., finished second for the J2 girls. For the boys, junior Patrick Caldwell, Lyme Center, N.H., was fifth; senior Bridger Tyler, Brattleboro, Vt., was eighth; and sophomore Tyler Foulkes, Jamaica, Vt., was 11th.
The team continues to compete at Junior Olympics throughout the week with the Classic race on March 9, the Skate on March 11, and the Relay on March 12.
Nordic Junior Olympics; Foulkes, Mooney stand out – SMS wins Roger Weston Award
Minneapolis, Minn. – The Stratton Mountain School Nordic Team continued their domination of Junior Olympics in Minneapolis, Minn. with a Classic race on March 9, the Skate on March 11 and the Relay on March 12. Stratton Mountain School’s men’s and women’s team each won the coveted Roger Weston Award for the best high school cross country team in the country. This is the fourth consecutive year that the women’s team has won this award, which is a record.
In the Older Junior division of the Classic race on March 9, alumnus Austin Cobb ’09 earned fifth skiing for Middlebury, while senior Bridger Tyler, Brattleboro, Vt. took eighth and PG Skyler Davis, Stratton, Vt. finished 10th. Junior Patrick Caldwell, Lyme Center, N.H. placed 18th for J1 boys, and senior Charlie Bencze, Tupper Lake, N.Y., finished 20th. SMS sophomore Tyler Foulkes, Jamaica, Vt. took second for J2 boys. For the J1 girls, senior Heather Mooney, Peru, Vt., placed third; senior Halle Grossman, S. Woodstock, Vt., placed seventh; and senior Cambria McDermott, Putney, Vt., placed eighth. For the J2 girls, ninth-grader Brooke Mooney, Peru, Vt., placed third.
For the individual Skate on March 11, the SMS team was lead by Foulkes, who exploded with a first-place win for J2s, beating the next competitor by 19 seconds. “Tyler was in a four-way tie for first with 1K to go,” said SMS Nordic Program Director Sverre Caldwell. “Luckily for Tyler, the race course ended with a tough uphill, and in skating, this is where he excels.”
Brooke Mooney placed eighth for J2 girls. For J1 girls, Heather Mooney scored the second spot, McDermott was third, senior Rachel Hall, Cumberland, Maine was 10th, Grossman was 18th and junior Isabelle Pelletier was 33rd in a field of 87 of the best girls in the country. For the J1 and OJ boys, Caldwell and Davis took fifth respectively, while Tyler took 13th for the J1 boys.
On March 12, the racers took to the relay with 3X3.3km distance. Davis, Heather Mooney and McDermott were all on winning teams. Tyler, Brooke Mooney and Foulkes were on silver-medal teams, Pelletier was on a bronze-medal team, and Grossman and Hall’s teams came in fourth.
All told, it was an exciting and productive week for the SMS Nordic Team. They won 10 podium spots and came out with National Champions. SMS also won the Roger Weston Award for the best team in the country for both the boys and the girls overall. Team New England also won the Alaska Cup at Junior Olympics, which is awarded to the top division