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February 5, 2023
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – In one of the largest outdoor events in the 2023 Empire State Winter Games, 104 cross country skiers competed in the U8 through U20 age divisions at Mount Van Hoevenberg Sunday.
In the U16 girls race, Cora Hinsdill, 14, of Remsen won her second gold medal of the games, finishing with a time of 14 minutes, 12 seconds. Following her was Raquelle Landa, 15, of Clifton Park and Tyler Burth, 15, of Saranac Lake, who finished with silver and bronze medals, respectively. Landa clocked in with a time of 14:46 and Burth with a time of 15:35. The 16 racers in the U16 girls division competed on a five-kilometer (approximately 3.1 mile) course.
Out of the 12 competitors in the U18 boys race, Braden Bellizzi of Honeoye Falls took first place, finishing with a time of 18:07. Bellizzi was followed by second place finisher Benjamin Jenkin of Queensbury and third place finisher Daven Linck of Saranac Lake who finished with times of 18:22 and 19:01, respectively. The course for the U18 boys division was 7.5 kilometers (approximately 4.7 miles).
Among the day’s champions were several other locals. These athletes included Ryan Mannion, 9, of Lake Placid who took the crown in the U10 boys division, finishing the 2.5-kilometer (approximately 1.6 mile) course with a time of 11:31, and Grace Bartlett, 10, of Old Forge who won the U12 girls division with a time of 10:50.
For the complete results from this year’s cross country skiing events as well as results from other events, please visit www. https://empirestatewintergames.com/results/ and follow us on social media @ESWGames.
The ESWG, sponsored by Community Bank, N.A., is the largest multi-winter amateur sports event in the United States. From Friday Feb. 3 through Sunday close to 2,200 athletes competed in 23 winter sports in Lake Placid, Wilmington, Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake and Paul Smiths.
For more information, including sport schedule and results, visit empirestatewintergames.com. For photos of the Opening Ceremony and events, see ESWGPhotos.com. You do not have to be a resident of New York State to participate in the Empire State Games, and most sports are open to all levels.