CONWAY — Four Kennett High cross-country skiers — Helen Badger, Grace Casontguay, Theo Castonguay and Keith Badger — punched their tickets to represent New Hampshire in the Eastern High School Championships, while four younger Eagles — Jocelyn Anzaldi, Carli Krebs, Grace Perley and Theo Castonguay — earned places on the New Hampshire team for the NENSA U16 Championships following strong showing in the second New Hampshire Nordic Coaches Association Series race on Saturday, Feb. 22.
Shannon Derby and Perley are alternates for New Hampshire in the Eastern High School Championships.
White Mountains Regional was the host school for the 5K skate (freestyle) meet, which was used to determine the New Hampshire squads for the Eastern High School Championships and the U16 teams.
In the A race for the girls, which had 123 finishers, Amanda Vansant of Holderness won the race by 8 seconds in a blazing time of 13:57. She was joined on the podium by Morgan Nault of Manchester Memorial and Ford Sayre’s Hannah Chipman, who were second and third, respectively, in 14:05 and 14:10.
Grace Castonguay led the way for the Kennett girls, finishing 13th overall in 14:43. She was followed by Helen Badger, 14th, 14:48; Carli Krebs, 37th, 16:24; Grace Perley, 39th, 16:30; Shannon Derby, 40th, 16:37; Jocelyn Anzaldi, 56th, 17:11; Madelyn Marcotte, 100th, 19:04; and Maya Gove, 107th, 19:35.
Amelia Anzaldi Dylan Derby and Kathryn Hawkes did not race for the Eagles
In the A race for boys, featuring a field of 124 skiers, Ford Sayre’s Dirk Andrew won the race in 12:02. He was joined on the podium by Hanover’s Noah Phipps and Eli Misavage of Inter-Lakes, who finished second and third, respectively, in 12:26 and 12:27.
Kennett was led by sophomore Theo Castonguay, who was 18th overall in 13:25. He was followed by teammates Keith Badger, 39th, 14:09; Dominick Perry, 54th, 14:40; Samuel Alkalay, 65th, 15:03; Caleb White, 75th, 15:27; and Ben Biche, 83rd, 16:01.
In terms of overall team scores from the two series races, Holderness took top honors for the girls with 101 points, while Hopkinson was second, 147, and Kennett, third, 181. There were 25 schools in the team scoring.
For the boys, where there were 29 scoring teams, Hanover was first with 102 points, while Lebanon was second, 250, and Concord, third, 258.
Kennett was seventh overall with 337 points.
Every winter the NHNCA organizes the NH Series races, arguably the country's premier high school Nordic race series. These two races, one classical (on Feb. 1 in Plymouth) and one skate technique (Saturday), attract over 600 middle and high school racers and their adoring fans.
This race series is used to select the top 24 high school boys and top 24 high school girls to Team NH to compete in the New England Nordic Ski Association's U16 and Eastern High School Championships in March.
The 2020 NENSA Eastern High School Championships are scheduled to be held at Gore Mountain in North Creek, N.Y. from March 13-15.
The 2020 NENSA U16 Championships are slated for March 6-8 at the Mountain Top Nordic Center in Chittenden, Vt.