The 6th-8th grade Cardigan nordic skiers traveled to Sandwich, NH to compete in the state's Middle School Championships. Held on the Sandwich Fairgrounds where the boys went in the fall for the annual fair, the Cougars skied an individual 4.6km skate race in the morning. After lunch, they all competed in a three person team relay where each skier raced 1km. The weather was cold and snowy, but good grooming helped make for great skating conditions. All the boys were positive and fast on their skis and ended the racing season in great form.
Morgan Wilkinson, Head Coach
Coach Wilkinson began his career teaching high school math and science at a small boarding school in central Arizona before moving to Colorado to teach at a charter school outside of a city called Boulder. I came to Cardigan in 2016 and I coach nordic skiing and rock climbing. I live with my wife and two daughters Maiya and Madelyn.
Nina Silitch, Assistant Coach
While living in Europe Coach Silitch developed her a passion for ski mountaineering, eventually competing at the World Cup level in this discipline. She is the first and only North American to win two World Cup gold medals in this sport. She is also passionate about coaching. At Cardigan she will be working with the mountain bike and cross country ski team. When not in the art room, you can find Nina running or skiing on mountain trails, watercolor painting and spending time with her husband, Michael, and their two boys, Birken ‘19 and Anders ‘21 and their dog Buddy.
Michael Brannan, Madison, MS
Kevin Gu, Beijing, China
Ethan Lo, Taipei City, Taiwan
Reaghan Moore, Windham, NH
Hung Phan, Hanoi, Vietnam
Jeffrey Song, Qingdao, China
Steven Song, Suwon-Si, South Korea
*Jerry Wang, Xiaman, China
Sam Wang, Bentonbille, AR
Mac Wang, Shanghai, China
* Harry Yuan, Beijing, China
Tom Zhang, Urumqi, China
The Cardigan Nordic Team hosted the Mascoma Cross Country Ski Team today. With 30 skiers and multiple coaches, the Cougar boys and coaches took the first to fourth grade groups on adventure skis, through an agility course and down the bigger hills on campus. The coaches gave the Cougar skiers high praise for their positive attitudes, good interactions with the younger skiers, and even their efforts to coach the elementary schoolers new ski techniques. This annual tradition has grown and the Cardigan boys shined on the ski trails today.
The Cougar Nordic Team raced today at Proctor Academy in the Lakes Region Championships. Schools not only from the Lakes Region, but also Massachusetts attended this event. The race was a skiathlon format, consisting of 2.5km of classic skiing then by a 2.5km skate. The transition to skate technique is done in an open area with all the skis and poles laid out. The skiathlon format is an exciting event to watch as one can see both cross country ski disciplines, classic and skate. The Cardigan boys had solid performances today, despite the challenging snow conditions. Most importantly all of the boys have made tremendous progress since the start of the season in November. This was the final race for our 9th grade boys and we would like to congratulate them all for a fantastic season. The middle school boys will head to Sandwich, NH, on Monday, for the NH middle school race.
The Cardigan Nordic Ski Team traveled to Whitaker Woods in North Conway for the second race in the New Hampshire Coaches Series today. Each boy skied the challenging 5km classic course and used all of the techniques and skills they have practiced this season. Led by Hung Phan ‘19 with a time of 26:36, the boys were all positive and gave full effort in spite of the cold, windy conditions. Next week, the team is off to Proctor Academy for the Lakes Region Championship. The whole team is very excited for this event!