Teddy Warfle ran 60 miles in the offseason training program and ran away with the sectional and state skiing titles.

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“This year my main goal for sectionals was to carry on the Warfle name,” the Honeoye Falls-Lima junior said matter-of-factly.

In fact, Warfle may have even done his older brother Andrew, the 2018 All-Greater Rochester Nordic Skier of the Year, one better by winning both the Section V and state 10K championships. He also skied on the winning relays at both events and was named the state's Nordic combined champion.

Teddy Warfle, HFL. Boys Nordic Skier of the Year 2019. (Photo: Max Schulte/Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)

“His older brother set the stage,” longtime Honeoye Falls-Lima coach and 2018-2019 AGR Nordic skiing Coach of the Year Bernie Gardner said. “Teddy steadily improved every year and paid his dues at each level.

“His improvements came from his great work ethic and then putting that together with experience. Before this year, Teddy had been the little brother but he became a great role model.”

Teddy was at the top of Section V throughout the regular season, and accomplished his goal by winning the 10K sectional race in 32 minutes, 21.1 seconds, 25.4 seconds faster than second-place finisher and relay teammate Cameron McDaniel.

Teddy was nearly as dominant two weeks later, capturing the state title in 35:23.1, 15 seconds faster than runner-up Kai Frantz of Lake Placid.

The win meant a lot to Teddy, but he wasn't sure of his status until after he crossed the finish line because each skier is sent out in 15-second intervals.

“I had to wait to find out if I won the (individual classic) so I was a lot more tired than excited,” Teddy said, as he spent five minutes catching his breath before finding out that he won. “(However) at the end of the relay my teammates were at the finish line and it was super exciting.”

Andrew Warfle finished third at states last year, but had a lot to do with his younger brother's success.

Teddy picked up Nordic skiing in seventh grade, a year after Andrew started. Having no idea what he was doing, Andrew worked with Teddy in their backyard. Teddy continued to work on becoming a better skier and during his freshman year he began to show these improvements in competitions.

Honeoye Falls-Lima's Teddy Warfle celebrates the Cougars' victory at the New York State Nordic Skiing Championships. (Photo: Dan Judd)

Skip ahead to this past summer as Teddy started preparing for his junior year by increasing his weight training and running 60 miles a week. He also credits Rochester Nordic Racing, founded by Honeoye Falls-Lima grad and U.S. ski team 18-under coach Jason Hettenbaugh with helping him progress.

With Andrew now running at SUNY Geneseo, the Cougars put together a new trio of Teddy Warfle, McDaniel and Ian McGuire for this season.

“I wanted to guarantee that our relay team could make it to states so we could win as a team,” Teddy said.

“Teddy was tremendous in the relay on an unforgiving course,” Gardner said. “Gore Mountain is extremely hilly.”

Honeoye Falls-Lima's Teddy Warfle heads for the finish line with Section II and Section VII in close pursuit at the New York State Nordic Skiing Championships. (Photo: Dan Judd)

With 300 meters left to go Teddy made up the difference to give HF-L the championship, a feat Gardner compared to a game-winning buzzer shot in basketball.

About me: Repeat AGR selection won sectional and state titles this year. Captured 10K individual classic (35:23.1) and anchored winning 2.5K Skate Relay (5:53.9 split) at states. Bested field at sectionals by 25.4 seconds. Has a 94 academic average. Enjoys constantly pushing himself to be the best that he can. Says greatest achievement this year is his state title.

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