STOWE, VT -- The WILLIAMS NORDIC team woke up this morning with a thirst for speed which they demonstrated on the race course. Music was loud and stoke was high during the van drive to the beautifully sunny venue at the von Trapp Family Lodge. Due to freezing temperatures, the races were pushed back 30 minutes. After this delay, the men embarked on their 10k individual start skate race. Even though the snow was so cold and therefore slow, head coach Jason Lemieux and assistant coach Garrett Garberich prepared the speediest of speedy skis. The WILLIAMS NORDIC men ended their day in 5th place as a team only 2 points out of 3rd place! Leading the men was freshman Isaac Freitas-Eagan in 14th, closely followed by teammate senior Nick Gardner in 29th.
After the men devoured their competition, the women competed in their 5k individual start skate race. The WILLIAMS NORDIC women ended their day with a season best in 4th place as a team, only 6 points out of 3rd… The Ephs are coming for you, Middlebury. It was no surprise that senior captain Sonya Jampel lead the Ephwomen with a 19th place finish. Only 1 second behind Jampel was teammate sophomore Magdalen York in 21st and junior Ingrid Thyr in 23rd.
Head coach Jason Lemieux put it simply at the team meeting the night before the race. He said, "Look in the mirror. That is your competition." The WILLIAMS NORDIC team celebrates the nature of Nordic skiing that allows its athletes to compete against themselves, pushing for personal bests every race day. This being said, the team is also very in touch with their outwards competitive side and looks forward to the long-distance mass start classic race tomorrow where they will be competing, not only against their selves, but also head to head with other teams. Thank you, University of Vermont, for hosting this weekend's races.