Williamstown, MA -- The alpine ski team returned to Stowe Mountain for day two of the UVM Carnival. The event was slalom, and it was a real show as every racer fought tough terrain. The last pitch of the hill, affectionately known as "Horse Barn", or "Waterfall" posed a real problem for most of the field as racer after racer after racer sent it over the knoll, unable to see the next gate on the near vertical face. It's safe to say that every skier showed resilience with gnarly crashes and brave hikers, but the Ephs showed some of the best results of the season.
On the women's side, sophomore Anna Bruce and senior Hannah Hunsaker made athletic recoveries and showed great skiing, finishing 16th and 18th respectively. Senior Gibson Donnan had a great day skiing into 22nd place! Sophomore Maddie Dekko and freshman Hannah Trudeau hiked on the first run, but fought back on the second run. Maddie Dekko finished 6th on the second run finishing 42nd overall.
Sophomore Will Snyder had another great day of slalom, leading the men's team in 16th place. Senior Chuck Harrison finished 21stand junior Paul Sheils finished 29th. Both the men and the women had three athletes finishing in the top 30 and head coach Kelsey Levine commented: "As a team it has been a goal for us to consistently finish in the top 30 and I was really excited to reach that goal today. The team finish that we had at Stowe takes a lot of grit and communication of which I am most proud".
The women's team finished 5th in the 13 team field today, the men finished 8th. After the alpine and nordic ski team results are combined from this weekends carnival, Williams finished 4th, behind UVM, Dartmouth, and Middlebury.
Next week the Ephs head to the Dartmouth Carnival!