In one of the closest races in state Nordic skiing history, Brookline’s Charlotte Cole won the MIAA title Tuesday, edging defending champion Sonya Jampel of Newton North by a half-second.
Moments after Cole was celebrating her win, the Lincoln-Sudbury girls claimed their second straight team title, placing two skiers in the top 10 and finishing with 47 points to easily outdistance Mt. Greylock (64). In the boys’ competition, Acton-Boxboro’s Lewis Nottonson won the individual title and Mt. Greylock successfully defended its team title.
Cole and Jampel started in the first wave of skiers on the 7k course at Notchview Reservation in Windsor. After skiing in a group of five, they began to pull away.
“It was neck and neck and we were really pushing the pace,” said Cole.
Cole, a Harvard-bound senior, and Jampel, a junior, were in a race to the finish that Jampel led with about 100 yards to go. At that point, the course split into three lanes and Cole could make her move, pulling alongside Jampel. Then it was simple.
“At that point, it’s give it all you’ve got,” said Cole, who finished third last season. “I’m not a great sprinter. I was just going all out.”
Cole crossed in 24 minutes 45.4 seconds with Jampel second in 24:45.9.
With the margin so close, Cole wasn’t 100 percent sure she had won.
“I think I saw her out of the corner of my eye that I was a little bit ahead,” said Cole. “It was so close and it was really exciting.”
Lincoln-Sudbury’s win wasn’t the surprise it was last season when a young Warriors’ team was depleted by illness. This time the L-S girls knew what was expected of them.
“We were pretty sure we were the favorites going in because everyone was back,” said coach Graham Taylor, in his 32d year. “It’s certainly satisfying and was our goal the whole year. They were exhausted but they were also very pleased.”
L-S was led by junior Clara Cousins, who took fourth in 25:47. Talia Seltzer was eighth in 26:44 and when Claire Telfer finished 16th and Phoebe Seltzer 19th the Warriors had an unbeatable total of 47 points.
After finishing second last winter, A-B’s Nottonson won in 21:10, 16 seconds in front of teammate Eric Guba. Nottonson was the Mass Bay West regular-season champion. Concord-Carlisle’s Jacob Meyerson was third in 21:47.
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