PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Vermont narrowly edged Massachusetts to win the TD Bank Eastern High School Championship 10-kilometer relay at the Nordic Heritage Center Sunday, according to results from NENSA.net.
Vermont compiled 14,788 points to win the overall team title in the three-day cross-country skiing competition. Maine finished second with 14,319 and was followed by Massachusetts (11,807), New Hampshire (11,745) and New York (4,810).
All five teams raced onto the relay podium in the final day of the championship, with Vermont’s individual champion, Taylor Spillane, anchoring its winning team of Forrest Hamilton, Autumn Eastman and Isaac Wright in 29 minutes, 9 seconds over the 10-kilometer course.
The Massachusetts team of Ian Meyer, Rebecca Smith, Chris Koziel and Olivia Cannon took an early lead, and finished second at 29:17.
Silas Eastman, who swept the individual events, led the Maine team of Eastman, Lydia Streinz, Ben Allen and Sarah Wade, who edged New Hampshire by only three seconds for third place. New Hampshire’s fourth-place squad was composed of Joe Smith, Kate Kerin, Blaine Ayotte and Sarah Nadeau.
Brian Halligan, Maddie Phaneuf, Tommy Ernst and Emmy Held made up the fifth-place New York team.
On Saturday, Eastman of Fryeburg Academy was the only racer to break the 21-minute barrier in the 7.5K classic race. Eastman (20:59) claimed his second individual title over Massachusetts’ Max LaChance (21:15) and Ian Meyer (21:41).
Eastman (3:11) went on to sweep the individual events with a win in the afternoon freestyle sprint. New Hampshire stepped onto the podium with a fast sprint from second-place George Voight (3:13) edging third-place skier, Chris Koziel (3:14) of Massachusetts.
Following his sweep on the individual events, Silas Eastman told NENSA.net that he was, “very surprised, very happy.”
He was not surprised by the classic victory.
He told NENSA.net that his preparation “was mostly mental, getting in the right place and knowing that I could go out and win it and controlling myself to wait for the right moment to go for it.”