The Hingham High ski teams opened their seasons on Jan. 3 at Blue Hills with strong performances.
The girls took first while the boys finished second.
Led by new head coach Audrie Knight and assistant coach Lisa Vialle, along with captains Mackenzie Brennan, Meredith Noonan, Bryce Williams, Nate Rodiger, and Francis Cundari, 20 Hingham racers took the hill by storm. Both squads welcomed both new and old racers.
The girls came in first out of 10 teams against a total of 78 racers. Freshman Audrey Cole led the pack with a first-place finish, followed closely by sophomore Julia Waal who placed second and is the returning 2017 Ski East League champion.
Assisting in the girls’ first-place finish were sophomore Libby MacPherson in sixth, freshman Kate Rogers in ninth, freshman Jenna Burnett in 10th, and senior captain Meredith Noonan in 25th.
Having five racers in the top 10 is an outstanding team accomplishment.
The boys had a successful night with a second-place win behind B.C. High by only a few points. Leading the boys was junior Will Bryant with a third-place finish. Close behind him was sophomore Owen Murray in fifth and junior Kyle Bryant in 10th.
Helping push the boys into the second-place slot were junior captain Francis Cundari in 13th, junior Nate Sullivan in 17th, and senior captain Nate Rodiger in 25th.
There were 10 teams and a total of 85 racers in the boys’ race.
It seems that this group of racers not only leaves everything out on the hill but also supports each other fully. The teams’ next event is a slalom race on Jan. 10 (after Journal deadline) at Blue Hills.