BURLINGTON, VT -- For the second carnival in a row, the Williams ski team finished fifth. After a strong opening day at St. Michael's left them within striking distance of fourth place Middlebury, the team was unable to move up in the rankings. Weak second-day performances by all but the women's alpine team left the squad in fifth for the second straight weekend.
The women's alpine team followed Friday's fourth place performance with a 3rd place in this afternoon's slalom. Today the team was anchored by another top-five finish, this time by sophomore Laurel Carter, who finished 3rd. The result is Carter's first collegiate podium. Freshman Geordie Lonza and senior Kelsey Levine finished 12th and 13th, respectively, to give the team 99 points on the day. UVM's Meghan Ryley won the race.
After showing some promise Friday, men's alpine struggled to stay upright today in the slalom. As on Friday, the team suffered three falls, but unlike yesterday, they did not have three strong finishes to salvage the day. Freshman Chris Nocek led the team with a career best 10th place and Jeff Putnam continued to show his consistency with a 17th- his third straight top-25 result. Rounding out the scoring was Sean Cummiskey, who ended up 32nd on the day after a tough second run wrecked his chances at a top finish. UVM's David Donaldson won the race.
The men's nordic team had trouble hitting their stride today in the classic sprint relay. For this race, there are teams of three, with each member skiing three separate laps of a 1 kilometer course. The first team of juniors Keith Kantack, Evan Dethier, and Caleb Lucy struggled to maintain contact with the lead group and ended up a disappointing 7th. Middlebury's first team won the relay.
Misfortune plagued the women's team Saturday as they ended the day in tenth place. Alice Nelson skied the opening leg of the women's relay and tagged off in first place. Late in the race, the team was in 6th place when the junior Kirsten Johnson tagged off to send Nelson on her final lap. Nelson had skied 80 meters when officials motioned for her to return to the tag zone because the initial tag had been illegal. They claimed Johnson had pushed Nelson down the trail- an act few knew was an infraction. The call cost the team considerable time as Nelson had to ski back through the crowd and reunite with her teammate. Dartmouth's first team won the relay.
The team has a two week break before the UWM carnival in Stowe, VT.
Check back later for photos from the weekend.