RUMFORD, ME -- The Williams Nordic team wrapped up the EISA Regional Championships and an exciting season of carnival racing today at Black Mountain in Rumford, Maine. The Ephs finsihed fifth as a team at the season's final carnival.
In the men's 20km mass start competition Williams put its entire team in the top 20, with four in the top ten and two men on the podium for the second day in a row. Jordan Fields '17 raced to the best finish of his career, landing himself in second. He was followed by Eli Hoenig '17 in third, Braden Becker '19 in 7th, Nick Gardner '19 in 9th, Jack Schrupp '18 in 15th, and Luke Costley '17 in '20th.
This was arguably the best day in the history of Williams men's Nordic skiing, even though the Ephs finished second to Dartmouth.
The women's Nordic team put together an incredible performance as well, and finished the day in fourth. Carmen Bango '20 led the way coming in 12th. She was followed by Hannah Cole '17 in 14th, and Hannah Benson in '15th.
Tough conditions made today's races a grueling test, and Eph head coach Jason Lemieux, who was recently named the 2017 EISA Nordic Coach of the Year (second year in a row), was proud and impressed with how his team rose to challenge. Assistant coach Perry Thomas was also honored to be part of such a historic performance, and had a few words for the record: "Results aside, one of the most rewarding aspects of this weekend was being a part of such a supportive, encouraging team culture. Not only did Willaims Nordic skiing take its first individual win ever this weekend, but it roused a team spirit like none ever seen before."
Jordan Fields, today's runner up, echoed Thomas's words in his interview with EISA: "On our team we are brothers and we have amazing coaches. There's something intangible about team camaraderie. We believe we're going to be the best and having people there telling you that just makes it happen."
Both Lemieux and Thomas are looking forward to continuing to foster this team spirit as they prepare Fields '17, as well as Hoenig '17, and Becker '19, for the NCAA Championships in two weeks time.
Despite facing some of the hardest conditions of the season, the Williams Alpine team put together some remarkable performances at Sunday River. In the men's slalom race, Charlie Harrison '18 and Bryan Bailey '19 carved their way to 11th and 12th place finishes. Marc Talbott '19 capped off a strong weekend of racing finishing in 26th place, contributing to the team's fourth place finish.
On the women's side, Clara Hathorne '20, Gison Donnan '19, and Makena Jones '18, finished 36th, 40th, and 43rd respectively. Together they put the women's team in 12th on the day. Eph head coach Kelsey Levine had this to say about today's races: "So pumped to see all of the hard work paying off. Also, thanks to my assistant coach Dan Gura for his support all season!". Both Kelsey and Dan will be accompanying Hannah Hunsaker '19 to the NCAA Championships in two weeks, and hope that she can race hereself to another All-American finish.