Freeman helps VT Win Gold at U16 Champs as SMS Nordic Preps for Junior Nationals, Eastern Champs
BETHEL, MAINE—Vermont has won gold once again at the NENSA U16 Eastern Championships, and SMS Nordic Skier Sage Freeman `21 helped to secure the top spot for her state with a 1st place win in the Team Relay, individually finishing 5th overall in a field of competitors from throughout the East.
Freeman participated in four races total, beginning with a 5K Skate race in which she earned 7th. She went on to finish 12th in the 5K classic, and 8th in the 1.5K Skate Sprint. Four racers joined together to take on Team Relay, with one male and one female skier from each team participating in Classic and Skate respectively, and Freeman dominated the Women’s Skate leg of the race to bring the team to victory. While Freeman’s relay team was not the only one from Vermont in the field, their 1st place finish helped Vermont secure their overall win.
Overall Freeman finished in 5th, and will compete in Fort Kent, Maine this weekend alongside Asa Chalmers `20 and Clarissa Pollard `19 at the NENSA Eastern High School Championships. Beginning today their nine peers at Junior Nationals—Conor Munns `19, postgraduate Sophia Laukli, Will Koch `20, Charlotte Ogden `19, Zander Martin `18, Nina Seeman `21, Gavin Blauch `20, Anna Lehmann `19, and Mathias Boudreau-Golfman `21—will be competing throughout the week in Anchorage, Alaska, and a full schedule can be found here.
Also this weekend, SMS Nordic’s U14 skiers—Chip Freeman `23, Fin Bailey `23, and Wyatt Teaford `23—raced incredibly in the 30K race at the Craftsbury Spring Fling, finishing together for a three-way tie in 1:34. At the NCAA’s Stratton Mountain School alumna Katherine Ogden `16 won 1st overall for Dartmouth, and earned All-American status alongside alums Ben Ogden `18 (University of Vermont) and Lauren Jortberg PG (Dartmouth).
Congratulations to all!
Stratton Mountain School is an independent boarding and day school that focuses on college preparatory academics and competitive winter sports. Located at the base of Stratton Mountain, SMS serves students in grades 7 – 12.