The boys and girls ski teams at Glastonbury High School had a pair of races last week, each placing top ten in the events held at Mount Southington.
On Jan. 24, the girls placed 5th overall amongst the 14 teams competing. Senior co-captains Sara Wertsching and Katie Murphy led the way by finishing 15th and 19th respectively out of the 185 girls racing on this night. Freshman Ainsley Latz came in 29th overall and sophomore Eva Giliberto performed well.
The boys, led by the Bulger brothers, came in 8th out of the 15 teams. Senior captain Matt Bulger came in 4th overall out of the 195 boys racing on the night, while Alex Bulger was 11th overall. Skiing well for GHS were senior co-captain Ryan Murphy and juniors Nate Zimbelman and Liam Easton.
“The girls are doing a great job competing in the largest ski league in the state. They are holding their own, finishing each race closely behind the best teams in the state,” said head coach Tom Zelek. “Our boys are improving individually after each race, which is a testament to the effort they are putting in. Conditions and features on the race hill are different each night but they have adapted well and continue to work hard every time we are on the mountain.”
On Jan. 24, the girls again placed 5th out of the 13 teams competing. Wertsching led the team by finishing in 16th place of the 173 girls racing on the night. Latz was in 23rd place and Murphy was right behind her in 24th place. Giliberto, Sydney Waltz, Lucca Cotthaus, and Lauren Carlino rounded out the team’s scoring.
Zelek added, “I’m very pleased as the girls once again represented Glastonbury well on the coldest night we’ve had so far this season. We have a mix of veterans and rookies that have been practicing hard and the resulting times they post show how well they work together.”
The boys ended the bitter cold night in 8th place of the 14 teams competing. Alex Bulger led the way, finishing in 4th place overall of the 202 boys racing. Matt Bulger placed 8th and rounding out the scoring for Glastonbury were Murphy, followed by Zimbelman, Easton, and Tim Kohlun.
Zelek said the boys, particularly the Bulger brothers, push each other and make the team perform better, adding, “The boys team has a few friendly rivalries amongst themselves that are contributing to them individually getting better each week.”
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