WINDSOR -- It seemed like Jake Foehl and his Mount Greylock teammates didn't want to let go of the championship trophy.
The Mounties won their fourth consecutive MIAA state Nordic ski championship Tuesday afternoon, and things couldn't have gone any better for them.
"It's just a great feeling," said Foehl. "You work so hard during the season, that this is when it pays off. Holding that trophy and knowing that your team is the best in the state is great."
Four Greylock skiers finished in the top 10 and seven finished in the top 20 as the Mounties topped Acton-Boxborough at Notchview Reservation. The Mounties finished with 25 points to 41 for the Colonials. Will Nolan, Foehl and Matt Wiseman were fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively.
The Greylock girls, meanwhile, finished second in the state for the second consecutive year. The Mounties had three racers in the top 20, but defending champion Lincoln-Sudbury had four in the top 20 and two in the top 10 to claim the crown. The Warriors had 39 points to Greylock's 54.
But you would be hard-pressed to hear a discouraging word from Greylock coach Hilary Greene, who said she couldn't have been happier with her team's performance.
"We knew it was a long shot to beat Lincoln-Sudbury. We saw how they had been skiing all season. We skied against them in a qualifier and they pretty much trounced us," said Greene. "Our kids skied their best. They literally could not have done any better. It was right across the board from our first skier to our eighth skier."
The same could be said for the Greylock boys, who had Jake Kobrin finish 10th, Caleb Raymond 11th, Ian Culnane 13th and Derek Wood 17th. That more than trumped the runners-up, who had state individual champion Lewis Nottonson and second-place finisher Eric Guba, with the school's next finisher 16th.
Greylock's Nolan went off in the second wave, and along with Nottonson and third-place finisher Jacob Meyerson of Concord-Carlisle, picked off all but one racer in the first wave. Nolan ended up the 11th racer to cross the finish line.
"I knew that Jacob Meyerson and Lewis Nottonson were in my wave and they're very, very good. My coaches told me just to let them go, because I couldn't hang with them," Nolan said. "I kind of skied on my own and did the best I could on my own."
Wahconah's Curran Doyle (12th) and Hoosac Valley's Jared Haley (19th) also had top-20 finishes.
The Greylock girls had their state title streak stopped last year by Lincoln-Sudbury, and the Patriots were too much to overcome.
Meg Yoder (third) and Talia Seltzer (eighth) led the Warriors to the state title. Charlotte Cole of Brookline, third a year ago, beat Sonya Jampel of Newton North. Jampel was second again.
The spotlight also fell on Greylock's Grace Smith, who was fifth in the 5k race in 25:58.9. She finished 19 spots ahead of where the sophomore finished last year. Smith was in the second wave of racers and ended up being the 11th skier to finish the 5k. She and Seltzer were the only second-wave skiers to crack the top eight.
"It was a really awesome experience today," Smith said. "The conditions and the skis were fast. I felt really good today. I worked really hard to improve from last year, and it's encouraging to see that it paid off."
Lenox's Josie Marshall was 11th and Ellen Ross of Wahconah was 15th.
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MIAA State Nordic Championships
at Notchview Reservation, Windsor
Boys team results
1. Mount Greylock 25, 2. Acton-Boxborough 42, 3. Concord-Carlisle 85, 4. Amherst 128, 5. Westford Academy 130, 6. Wellesley 143, 7. Wahconah 144, 8. Mohawk Trail 174, 9. Newton North 196, 10. Dover-Sherborn 201; 11. Lenox 216, 12. Lincoln-Sudbury 229, 13. Hoosac Valley 262, 14. Wayland 263, 15. Winchester 360, 16. Newton South 427, 17. Nashoba 450.
Top 20 finishers
1. Lewis Nottonson (AB) 21:10.1; 2. Eric Guba (AB) 21:36.2; 3. Jacob Meyerson (CC) 21:47.9; 4. Will Nolan (MG) 23:02.4; 5. Jake Foehl (MG) 23:14.5; 6. Matt Wiseman (MG) 23:15.0; 7. Mark Sibold (Well) 23:26.1; 8. Rafi Razzaque (NN) 23:41.4; 9, August Posch (West. Ac.) 23:41.5; 10. Jake Kobrin (MG) 23:48.2; 11. Caleb Raymond (MG) 23:54.5; 12. Curran Doyle (Wah) 23:54.8; 13. Ian Culnane (MG) 23:58.0; 14. Tyler Andrews (Moh) 24:22.0; 15. Kale Wenczel (Amh) 24:22.9; 16. Charles Watt (AB) 24:25.3; 17. Derek Wood (MG) 24:30.4; 18. Zach Munn (CC) 24:32.7; 19. Jared Haley (HV) 24:33.4; 20. Jordan Fried (Brook) 24:36.2.
Girls team results
1. Lincoln-Sudbury 47, 2. Mount Greylock 64, 3. Concord Carlisle 78, 4. Wellesley 81, 5. Acton-Boxborough 92, 6. Amherst 159, 7. Wayland 166, 8. Wahconah 171, 9. Lenox 189, 10. Mohawk Trail 199, 11. Dover-Sherborn 204, 12. Westford Academy 225, 13. Newton North 230, 14. Nashoba Regional 338, 15. Hoosac Valley 380, 16. Winchester 421, 17. Taconic 442.
Top 20 finishers
1. Charlotte Cole (Brook) 24:45.4; 2. Sonya Jampel (NN) 24:45.9; 3. Meg Yoder (CC) 25:17.5; 4. Clara Cousins (LS) 25:47.8; 5. Grace Smith (MG) 25:58.9; 6. Rebecca Smith (Well) 26:11.5; 7. Allie Skahen (West. Ac.) 26:30.1; 8. Talia Seltzer (LS) 26:44.1; 9. Allison Lull (Moh) 26:56.2; 10. Isabel Cole (Brook) 26:57.3; 11. Josie Marshall (Len) 27:11.5; 12. Sabrina Bohrer (CC) 27:21.2; 13. Gabriel Vandendries (Brook) 27:28.9; 14. Mary Lagunowitch (AB) 27:46.8; 15. Ellen Ross (Wah) 27:49.8; 16. Claire Telfer (LS) 28:00.8; 17. Sophie Gerry (MG) 28:05.7; 18. Hannah Rieders (Well) 28:09.0; 19. Phoebe Seltzer (LS) 28:20.0; 20. Abby Wiseman (MG) 28:41.5.
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