When Lincoln-Sudbury ski coach Graham Taylor got the news Monday night that one of his top skiers, freshman Claire Telfer, was sick and would miss Tuesday’s MIAA state nordic championship, he thought his team’s chance for a state title was in trouble.
“I thought it would be real difficult,’’ said Taylor.
Difficult yes, but not impossible.
The Warriors won their first state nordic title since 1991, placing two skiers in the top 10 and showing off not only youth, but also depth.
“A real joy, and a real credit to the team,” said Taylor. “They skied their butts off.”
And the team title wasn’t the only trophy headed to Sudbury. Senior Eli Hoenig won his second individual state title, easily taking first place (19:41) by almost one minute over the 7K course at Nochview Reservation in Windsor.
All the L-S girls will return next winter. The top four finishers count toward the team title and sophomore Clara Cousins led the Warriors, taking eighth in 25:38, followed by freshman Talia Seltzer in 10th (26:03). Other L-S scorers were Talia’s junior sister Phoebe in 22d (28:05) and sophomore Haley Colpitts 32d (29:27). Added up, L-S took first with 72 points to hold off second-place Mt. Greylock with 74. Newton North, led by girls’ individual winner Sonya Jampel (24:32) and fourth-place finisher Julia Schiantarelli (25:12), was third (79). After Jampel in the girls’ race, second place went to Wellesley’s Rebecca Smith (24:41) and third to Brookline’s Charlotte Cole (24:52).
“To win this with a junior, two sophomores, and a freshman was a pleasant surprise,” said Taylor. “As the results were announced they were overjoyed because this was really unexpected. It was a long shot.”
Mt. Greylock defended its boys’ title, winning with 34 points. Acton-Boxboro, led by second-place finisher Lewis Nottonson, was second (49) with Concord-Carlisle third (50). The boys’ third-place finisher was Westford’s Sean Skahen.