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February 14, 2013

Christopher leads red hot girls ski team

Christopher leads surging girls ski team toward state title

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Soon, Christopher was following in the family footsteps of starring on the slopes for Andover High, following in the tradition of her mother Julia, older sister Cayley (class of 2008) and big sister Erin (class of 2010), who was a senior when Erin was a freshman.

“My sister and I always had a very friendly rivalry,” she said. “We always went back and fourth and I really wanted to beat her. My first race my freshman year I got third, and Erin beat me by 2/100ths of a second. I learned a lot from going against her, and competing against her made me better.”

Kerry also began to star as a freshman, when she grabbed eighth overall in the slalom at Massachusetts States. She followed that up with team-best finishes in both the slalom and giant slalom (20th, 25th) as a sophomore and last year grabbed a team-high 10th in the slalom and was 20th in the giant slalom at States, when the Golden Warrior finished just short of the title

“We considered second as a success,” she said. “But we still had to think to ourselves that if we had just done two seconds better, we would have been champions.”

With the graduation of fellow All-North Shore League performer and teammate Jess Kearns last year, Christopher knew she had to take on No. 1 role full time this season, and her teammates were confident she would succeed.

“Kerry is amazing,” said Ericson. “Every time I see her go down the hill I think, ‘This girl is awesome!’ She works so hard and she is just an amazing person and captain. She does it all.”

Christopher set the tone early in 2013, placing third in the team’s first race of the season, then taking first overall in the second meet of year.

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