OSCEOLA, NY – The Camden High School Nordic Ski Team continued their terrific season on Tuesday evening, as the girls took home 5 out of the top 6 spots, including the top four places at the 2019 Dream Team Relays, hosted by the Blue Devils, under the lights, at the Osceola Tug Hill Cross Country Ski Course.
Camden’s boys placed 5th, 6th, 7th and 9th, giving the Blue Devils 9 out of the combined boys and girls top 20 at the event.
The 2019 Dream Team Relays featured boys and girls teams teams from Adirondack, Holland Patent, Old Forge, Whitesboro and host Camden.
As darkness fell, the generators were fired up and the woods came alive for the 53 racers who found plenty of soft snow and a monster hill in the middle of the course to contend with.
While the course and weather conditions were nearly perfect, it was the format that made the event even more fun to watch. While the skiers from each school wore the same uniforms and were loudly cheering for each other, they didn’t ski together. Instead, 13 teams of 4 skiers were created, featuring girls and boys from different schools on each team. The 13 teams then skied the course in a relay format, with skiers tagging their “teammates” at the start finish line, collectively attempting to finish with the lowest team and individual time.
In the end, individual place finishes were established for each racer, based upon their performance. The event was completed in the fast paced “skate ski” technique, as opposed to classic style.
In the boys division, Old Forge took home the top two individual spots, as Dawson Dunn and Jack Rivet finished first and second respectively. Whitesboro’s Sam Stuhlman (3rd), Holland Patent’s Dawson Richard (4th) and Camden’s Sam Seidl (5th) rounded out the top 5.
One the girls side, Camden’s Hailey Hinds finished in the top spot, followed by teammates Catherine Seidl in 2nd, Bryn Myers in 3rd, Amelia Oullette in 4th and Alivia Hopsicker in 5th place.
The Section III Nordic Ski Season continues through February 13th, when the Section 3 Championships will begin at McCauley Mountain and finish up at the Trenton Fish & Game Club on February 15th,
The New York State Public High School Athletic Association Championships will take place February 25th and 26th at Gore Mountain.