Craftsbury, VT – The second day of the UVM carnival unfolded today with 5/10k classic races. Both the men's and women's races were highly contested as conditions were icy and fast. On the women's side, Sonya Jampel '19 led the way in 30th. Also scoring for the Ephs were Elowyn Pfeiffer '18 in 41st and Carmen Bango '20 in 42nd. Lucy Alexander '20 finished the day in 51st. Despite having some issues with their skis, the women put together some strong performances and finished 10th on the day.
On the men's side, Jack Schrupp '18 led the way in 10th. Braden Becker '19 and Nick Gardner '19 were close behind, finishing in 13th and 16th. Jack Consenstien also landed himself in the top 30, finishing 26th. Evan Carr '19, and Henry McGrew '21 finished the day in 32nd and 36th. The men's team was 6th overall, one of their best performances this year. Head Coach Jason Lemieux had this to say about today's races, "Great to have a full weekend of NCAA Championship distances. The courses were in great shape and challenging. Saturday's results were a big step in the right direction and a good sign for the rest of the season." Carnival action continues next week at Oak Hill in Hanover, NH.
This weekend the Alpine Ski Team took on the third race of the season at the University of Vermont Carnival. Eph head coach Kelsey Levine stated that the giant slalom on Friday, "was a very challenging because the high winds, clouded visibility, and the surface was glass. Our team showed immense amounts of grit."
Both the men and women's team threw three people into the top thirty for the giant slalom race. Charlie Harrison led the men's team with a 21st place finish. Bryan Bailey and Ryan Schmidt followed Harrison by less than a second in 22nd and 25th place. Cole Janco, Marc Talbott, and Paul Shiels did not finish. These results placed the men's team in 5th place for the day. On the women's side Anna Bruce finished in 24th place. Isabel Torres finished in 28th, and Gibson Donnan in 30th. Makena Jones and Payton Spencer did not finish. The women's team finished in 7th in the giant slalom.
On Saturday the team continued the carnival with a slalom race. Today, Cole Janco led the men's team with a 26th place finish. Following Janco was Charlie Harrison with a 34th place, and two tenths of a second behind him, was Ryan Schmidt in 35th. The two were followed by Paul Shiels in 39th, Marc Talbott in 47th, and Bryan Bailey in 50th. The men placed sixth on the day. The women again were 7th. Freshman Anna Bruce led the women's team again with a 20th place finish. Isabel Torres followed her in 23rd, Makena Jones in 35th, Gibson Donnan in 38th, and Payton Spencer in 40th.
Next weekend the season will continue with a racing at the Dartmouth Ski Way.