March 24, 2009

We’re getting back into the swing of things here at Gould after returning from spring break.
After our classes today we went to the first practice of our spring sports. I’m trying something new and going out for the tennis team. Since there is still so much snow on campus, most teams are practicing in the Field House. When the snow melts, the tennis team will be able to play on Gould’s brand new courts.

Team Maine!

Although its now technically spring, I’ll be skiing as long as there’s snow and just got finished with racing. The season wrapped up last weekend with Eastern High School Championships in Rangeley, ME. Like J2 Fest, the top skiers from the five New England states compete together as teams. Gould athletes Jeb Clarke, Andrew Nesbitt, and Peter Cowan and I all raced for Maine.Vermont took home the victory, but Maine was right there behind them with unbeatable team pride and strong spirit.

Peter Cowan racing crash and burn pile-up in men’s mass start

My favorite race was the 7.8 Kilometer classic. The best part of this race was that it was a mass start. When the official bellowed “GO”, over 100 racers took off onto the course at once. In the first 100 meters of the women’s race, there was a massive pile-up that took out several of the top seeded racers – leaving their skis and poles tangled together for a solid 30 seconds. Skiing in a mass start always forces one to stay on their toes – swerving to avoid giant crashes, being quick to take passing opportunities, racing smart and efficiently. Gould’s Peter Cowan performed well in this race and he placed 10th.

Kick waxing

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Have a great week!

Alice H


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