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Lawson Wins Regional Nordic Championships

Senior Alex Lawson won the Eastern High School Nordic Championships.

From the Caledonian-Record
March 22, 2017

St. Johnsbury Academy senior Alex Lawson was the girls' co-champion at the three-day Eastern High School Nordic Championships held over the weekend at The Mountain Top Inn & Resort in Chittenden, Vt.

Tied for first place were Lawson and Rena Schwartz, a junior from the Green Mountain School in Waitsfield, Vt., who each scored a combined 391 points in three championship events — a 5 kilometer individual skate on Friday and a 7.5K classic mass start and 1.2K sprint, both on Saturday.

Lawson had podium finishes in all three events: Third in the skate, second in the classic and first in the sprint. Her winning sprint time of 2 minutes, 48.93 seconds was 3.6 seconds ahead of runner up Mary Kretchmer of New Hampshire.

Lawson was also a member of the runner up team in the 4x2.5 mixed relay on Sunday. Her squad of four Vermonters finished 3.7 seconds behind the winners from Massachusetts.

They relay had 50 total entries, each representing one of five states: Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, and New York.

NEK POWERS VERMONT: Lawson — along with North Country Union senior Avery Ellis (7th freestyle, 5th classic, 7th sprint, 3rd co-ed relay) and junior Callie Young (4th freestyle, 7th classic, 20th sprint, 4th co-ed relay) — were instrumental in Vermont placing first in team scores at the Eastern Championships.

Vermont's boys and girls combined for a grand total of 16,283 points, well ahead of New Hampshire (12,903), Massachusetts (12,211), Maine (11,659) and New York (6,346).

It capped a successful high school Nordic season for Lawson, Ellis, and Young.

Lawson and Ellis both won individual Division I state titles (Lawson in freestyle, Ellis in classic). Meanwhile Ellis and Young led North Country to its second consecutive Division I girls Nordic state championship.