PSC snowshoers shine in Quebec

The Paul Smith’s College snowshoe team celebrates its 12th-straight International Snowshoe Championship in Longueuil, Quebec. (Photo provided)

In a weekend packed with races, the Paul Smith’s College snowshoe team won its 12th-straight International Snowshoe Championship team title in Quebec at the end of January.

The team won all three of the 400-meter relays, as well as a host of individual first place finishes and other awards.

Margret Montag, Nicholas Ferrara, Lenore Marcuson and Cody Sears won the mixed 400 relay with a time of one minute, two seconds. In the women’s relay, Montag, Kayleen Snyder, Lauren Brieant, and Julie Capito topped the field with a 1:09, and on the men’s side PSC went one-two, with Thomas Firkins, Jack Virbickas, James Neary and Sears taking first in 52 seconds. Isaac Leach, Patrick Mullen Mechtly, Matthew Frye and Griffin Williams came across the line next in 54 seconds.

Frye also won the 8-kilometer walk in 44:33 and Brieant won the 1.5K walk with a time of 9:43 and was followed by Montag nine seconds later.

Frye won the senior men’s title and Men’s Athlete of the Day, while Montag won the junior women’s title for the second year in a row. Williams won the junior men’s title while competing for the first time in the event.

PSC will host its second Adirondack Snowshoe Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 23 and 24, with events at Dewey Mountain in Saranac Lake and at the college’s Visitor Interpretive center.