CONWAY — The Kennett High ski jumping team got an opportunity to see where the Eagles stack up with the rest of the schools in Division I when they they competed in the opening meet of 2020 in Plymouth last Wednesday. Defending state champs Hanover took team honors on the night but KHS wasn’t all that far behind in third, just 12 points out of the top spot.
Individually, defending state and national champion Zach Grzesik, a junior from Kennett tied for first in a field of 36 jumpers with Hanover’s Teddy Ruth. Both scored 100.5 points.
“Plymouth was a great night for all of us,” said Chip Henry, Eagles’ head coach. “We’d only been jumping since Monday (Jan. 6) because of the conditions. Every team in the state started practice on Monday, so we're all pretty equal this year.”
Hanover won the met with 382 points. Sunapee followed with 374; Kennett, 372; Plymouth, 349; Proctor Academy, 168; Concord, 84.
Joining Grzesik and Ruth on the podium was Sunapee’s Cameron Summerton, who was third with 97.5 points.
Sean Morgan was Kennett’s second jumper placing fifth overall with a score of 93.5. He was followed by Parker Mustafa, 12th, an 86; Evan Eldridge, 13th, 82; Griffin McAuliffe, 14th, 81; Liz Koroski, 19th, 77; Sylvie Brustin, 24th, 72.5; Nadia VanDyne, 29th, 69; and Liz Blair, 36th, 47.5.
“First-year jumper Liz Blair started the evening on the K18 (small jump) and finished the competition on the big hill, looking like she's been flying for many years,” Henry said.
Henry likes what he’s seen from the Kennett Flight Squad thus far in 2020.
“We had a very solid week of practice along with the competition and we will be challenging Hanover at the State Meet,” he said.
Kennett is scheduled back in action this Wednesday with a 6 p.m. meet at Proctor Academy, weather-permitting.