School Skiing: Wynn gets third state championship

Queensbury High School junior Carly Wynn made up for lost time at the New York State High School Ski

Queensbury High School junior Carly Wynn made up for lost time at the New York State High School Skiing Championships at the Bristol Nordic Center in Canandaigua on Wednesday.

Wynn, who placed second behind Honeoye Falls-Lima skier Amanda Moreland in the individual skate race on Tuesday, skied faster than her Section V rival in the team relay race.

And she was fast enough capture the New York State Nordic Combined crown for the third year in a row.

“I beat her by more today than she beat me yesterday,” Wynn explained by cell phone on the ride home from the meet.

Wynn, who skied last for Queensbury in the relay, was 33 seconds behind Moreland when she started off. She made up 20 seconds and finished 13 seconds behind the Honeoye Falls-Lima skier.

“In a three kilometer race there just wasn’t enough time,” she said.

Honeoye Falls-Lima won the girls’ relay with a score of 60 points to Queensbury’s 50. Saranac Lake was third with 40 points. Honeoye Falls-Lima also won the boys’ relay with a score of 60. Queensbury, with 50 points, was second, followed by Old Forge with 40. Section V was the top Nordic section in both boys’ and girls’ scoring. Section II placed second for both boys and girls, with Section III third in each division.

The next big race for Wynn will be the National Biathlon Championships in Maine next month. She got into biathlon competition a year ago and loves it.

“I’ve done a couple of races and I’m learning how to shoot, so it’s cool,” she said.

Besides Wynn, those from Section II making the top 20 in combined individual/relay points were Danielle Winslow of Queensbury, fifth; Kate Mulcahy of Glens Falls, eighth; Emma Underwood of Lake George, ninth; Brittany Winslow of Queensbury, 11th; Morgan Mueller of Queensbury, 13th; and Gabby Libihon of Queensbury, 14th.

Tuesday’s 10K winner, Steve Mangan of Honeoye Falls-Lima, was named the boys’ Nordic combined champ. Four Queensbury skiers made the top 20 list: Will Frielinghaus, third; Nick Underwood, eighth; Aaron Newell, 10th; and Mike Mulshine, 11th. Lake George skiers Steve Petramale and Willie Underwood were seventh and 15th respectively and Andrew Klug of Guilderland was 16th.

In the Alpine races, Saratoga Springs High School sophomore Deirdre Howard was Section II’s top skier for the second day in a row. Ninth in slalom on Tuesday, Howard moved up two spots in giant slalom.

“We call Deirdre ‘Miss Consistency’. She finished every race during the regular season, and here she improved in each race,” said Blue Streaks coach Scott Singer. “To finish top 10 both days at states was exceptional for a 10th grader.”

Of her state meet debut, Howard said, “I’m really excited to be skiing well and I’m looking forward to the next couple of years.”

She liked the set of the slalom more than that of the giant slalom.

“Tuesday’s course was similar to what we ski in Section II,” she said. “The giant slalom was set more across the hill so it was less technical.” She was sixth on the first run and seventh on the second.

Taylor Burgart of Honeoye Falls-Lima won for the second day in a row. Second place went to Marlise Combe of Section IX’s Onteora with Laurn Gerrie of Irondequoit (Section V) third.

Other Section II girls in the top 20 in giant slalom were Olivia Paolano of Queensbury, eighth; Kelly Blackhurst of Johnsburg, 10th; Samantha Ballard of Queensbury, 16th; and Sierra Spring of Saratoga 17th.

Tuesday’s winner of the boys’ slalom, Jesse Anser of Warwick (Section IX), won again on Wednesday. The next two boys, both from Section V, were Drew Tallon of Honeoye Falls-Lima and Max Sertl of McQuaid. Alex West of Lake George placed 16th, and was the only male from Section II to ski into the top 20.

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