LAKE PLACID, NY – Day number two of the first carnival weekend has come and gone and the WILLIAMS NORDIC team is already climbing in ranks. Head coach Jason Lemieux foretold this Eph comeback the night before the race, claiming, "I think a lot of the team is hungry and skiing with a little anger on the inside is good."
After the women's race was delayed 30 minutes, due to freezing temperatures, the women commenced their 10k individual start classic race. By the end of the day, senior captain Sonya Jampel lead the women, finishing 13th, only 6 seconds out of 7th place. Behind Jampel was sophomore Magdalen York who ended her day in 22nd and junior Ingrid Thyr in 29th. The Ephwomen ended their day in the 5th place seat as a team, only 38 points out of 3rd place overall.
After the WILLIAMS NORDIC women set the tone for the race day, the men went on improve drastically from the previous day… just like they said they would. Racing the same course as the women, a 10k individual start classic race, senior Braden Becker lead the pack with a podium finish in 3rd place. After qualifying for U23 World Championships located in Lahti, Finland during Senior Nationals last week in Craftsbury, VT, Becker made the decision to sit yesterday out.
Closely following Becker was fellow senior Nick Gardner in 17th, followed by senior Evan Carr in 19th. Behind this posse of WILLIAMS NORDIC seniors was junior Jack Consenstein in 22nd, freshman Isaac Frietas-Eagan in 23rd, sophomore Franklin Reilly in 25th, sophomore Emil Graf in 26th and sophomore Henry McGrew in 27th. This resulted in 8 out of 11 men in the top 30 and the WILLIAMS NORDIC mens team just behind UVM in 2nd overall place as a team.
Shaking with excitement after scoring a personal best, sophomore Franklin Reilley commented he "was really angry during [his] race. [He is] finding new emotions." Reaching your dreams sure feels good and the WILLIAMS NORDIC team looks forward to their carnival next weekend in Jackson, NH where they will continue to push the limits of Nordic ski racing.