(This story was first published in the March 14, 2013 edition of the Vermont Standard.)
(photo gallery from a WUHS Nordic Skiing event at WUHS)
By David Miles, Sports Correspondent
In an outstanding performance, Carmen Bango finished in first place overall in the TD Bank Cheri Walsh Eastern J2 Championships in Holderness, N.H. last weekend. Bango won both the classic and the skate competitions and came home in seventh place in the sprints to claim the overall title.
Bango was one of four skiers representing WUHS who qualified for the Vermont team. And she helped lead Vermont to a narrow win for the team title. The Vermont girls outscored their Maine counterparts, but the Maine boys outdistanced the Vermont boys by a greater margin.
However, on the last day in the mixed medley relays, Vermont topped Maine by some 270 points, allowing the Green Mountain State crew to edge Maine for the title by a narrow margin of 14,978 to 14,872. New Hampshire finished a distant third among the five states competing.
Bango started the competition on Friday by easily winning the 5K skate race with a time of 15:47.1, one minute better than the second place finisher Sarah Nadeau from New Hampshire. In a field of 98 girls, Lauren Kaija finished 36th (18:51), Kathryn Bassette 39th (18:54.9) and Kristin Ramsey 44th (19:03.2).
The next day Bango won the classic competition, also at a distance of 5 kilometers, by a scant 3.6 seconds over Nadeau, with a time of 17:23.5. Kaija (19:02.8) finished 39th, while Bassette was 62nd and Ramsey 68th.
Later that day in the sprint event, the top seven girls were within 3 seconds of each other, with Bango’s time of 3:13.4 placing her in seventh place. Woodstock’s other skiers placed 34th (Kaija), 45th (Bassette) and 50th (Ramsey).
In the overall competition, Woodstock also placed Kaija in 35th, Bassette in 47th and Ramsey 50th. These are excellent results for all the young Woodstock skiers in this level of competition.
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