D-II Nordic championships: Hopkinton girls finish second, Kearsarge boys third

  • Kearsarge's Steven Williamson competes at the Division II Nordic championships on March 4, 2021, at Great Glen Trails in Gorham. Williamson finished fifth in the classic race and sixth in the skate race to lead the Cougars to a third-place result in the team standings. MELISSA CURRAN—Monitor staff

  • Hopkinton's Francie Trafton competes at the Division II Nordic championships on March 4, 2021, at Great Glen Trails in Gorham. Trafton finished fourth in the skate race and eighth in the classic race and Hopkinton finished runner-up to Lebanon, 732-728. MELISSA CURRAN—Monitor staff

  • Hopkinton's Michael Eggers-Emerson competes at the Division II Nordic championships on March 4, 2021, at Great Glen Trails in Gorham. Eggers-Emerson finished 15th in the classic race and 21st in the skate race to help the Hawks to a fifth-place team finish. MELISSA CURRAN—Monitor staff

  • Kearsarge's Anna Cook (11), Ayla Frenkiewich (10) and Katelyn Harvey (8) compete at the Division II Nordic championships on March 4, 2021, at Great Glen Trails in Gorham. The Cougars finished fifth as a team. MELISSA CURRAN—Monitor staff

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Published: 3/5/2021 9:47:31 AM

They had won seven straight titles between them, but the past doesn’t hold much weight in the NHIAA’s new Nordic divisions.

Lebanon wound up first at the girls’ Division II Nordic championships on Thursday, finishing with 732 points to Hopkinton’s 728 at Great Glen Trails in Gorham. The Hawks had won D-IV titles in 2020 and 2019, and Kearsarge, which finished fifth on Thursday, had won five consecutive D-III titles (2016-20). But this year’s reorganization of Nordic from four divisions down to two has created a new landscape for all the teams.

Hopkinton had the best results in the skate portion of the race of any of the 13 schools at the event, finishing with 375 points while Lebanon had 359. All six of the Hawks finished in the top 20 of the skate race, led by Ava Rothe, who was second overall in 13:32.0, finishing behind only Gilford’s Catherine Stow (13:02.7). Hopkinton also got points from Francie Trafton (fourth, 14:02.7), Hannah Bennett (10th) and Clara Locke (13th) as the top four skiers from each school score. Hopkinton’s Elizabeth Trafton (14th) and Cate Westbrook (20th) didn’t score, but they did qualify for next week’s Meet of Champions by finishing in the top 20.

The Hawks didn’t fare as well in the second half of the skiathlon race when they went to classic skis and technique. Francie Trafton finished eighth, Rothe was 11th, Westbrook took 16th to jump into the scoring and Locke finished 20th. Lebanon took advantage by grouping four skiers in the top 11 (Ayla Weale third, Zoe Chinn sixth, Anna Illsely 10th and Ana Goodwin 11th) to squeak out the win.

Molly Ellison led the way for the Kearsarge girls’ team, taking fifth in the classic and sixth in the skate. Katelyn Harvey (20th skate, 38th classic) and Anna Cook (30th skate, 31st classic) also scored in both races for the Cougars. Kylin Frenkiewich scored and qualified for the MOC with her 19th place result in the skate race, and Ayla Frenkiewich was 34th in the classic race to round out the scoring for Kearsarge.

Gilford finished first in the boys’ D-II championship with 753 points and Lebanon was runner-up with 745. Kearsarge (692 points) took third and the Cougars were followed by Fall Mountain (686) and Hopkinton (640) in the top five.

Steven Williamson paced the Kearsarge boys’ team with the exact same results Ellison had to lead the Cougars in the girls’ race – fifth in the classic and sixth in the skate. Williamson will be joined at the MOC by Kearsarge teammates Evan Pauling (ninth skate, 12th classic) and Andrew Blagden (17th classic, 20th skate). Jacob Potlack (28th skate) and Camden Dezotell (35th classic) also earned points for the Cougars.

Michael Eggers-Emerson (15th classic, 21st skate), Matt Clarner (13th skate, 27th classic) and Will Chapin (17th skate, 30th classic) were Hopkinton’s top scorers and they qualified for the MOC, which will be held Tuesday at Proctor Academy in Andover. Harrison Wilson (31st skate) and Liam O’Brien (44th classic) also scored for the Hawks.  




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