Mary Kretchmer Wins NHIAA Meet of Champions Freestyle Race, Mark Young and Josh Valentine Score Podium Spots in the Boy’s Classic and Freestyle Races
February 24, 2016
Fryeburg, ME – Feb. 20, 2016 – Gunstock Nordic Association – With new snow and temperatures warming into the 50s, this year’s NHIAA Meet of Champions posed a challenge for both athletes and coaches alike. For the coaches, waxing was a toss up, with some choosing waxless/zero skis for their athletes and others using klister skis. GNA skiers opted for klister skis, which worked well in warm ups but slowed significantly over the duration of the race. In spite of the difficult conditions, Mary Kretchmer (Kingswood, 17:10.3) and Mark Young (Gilford, 15:04.8) overcame the challenge and placed second in their respective 5 km Classic races. Also making the podium in the 5 km Classic with was Josh Valentine (Gilford, 3d in 15:13.4).
In the afternoon 4.5 km Freestyle race, under soft and deteriorating conditions, Mary continued with her solid skiing at set the standard amongst the strongest girl’s field of the season with a top time of 13:55.6. In boy’s race, Josh made the podium again—this time however it was the second spot with a time of 12:26.5. Other notable GNA finishers include: Mark Young (11th Freestyle), Seth Valpey (Gilford – 16th Classic and 19th Freestyle), Sander Valpey (Gilford – 20th Classic and 8th Freestyle), and Cal Schrupp (Gilford – 15th Classic and 15th Freestyle).
A complete listing of all race results is available from the download below.
Girls Freestyle Podium – Mary Kretchmer, 1st Place
Boys Classic Podium – Mark Young 2d Place, Josh Valentine 3d Place
Boys Freestyle Podium – Josh Valentine 2d Place
About the NHIAA Meet of Champions
At the conclusion of each high school ski season, the top ten ranked skiers from each division (4 divisions) in classic and freestyle technique (boys and girls) qualify to race the NHIAA Meet of Champions. The top 6 finishers in each event are awarded with individual medals.