RUMFORD, ME -- Just like that with a blink of the eye and the WILLIAMS NORDIC team has completed their season. Yesterday emotions were running wild, especially those of the senior class. Special shout out to senior captains Sonya Jampel and Nick Gardner and seniors Evan Carr and Braden Becker. They will be dearly missed but their legacies will live on through the memories of their teammates forever.
The women started the day off with a 15k mass start classic race. Nerves were at an all-time high as all of the women wanted to go out with a bang. All this nervous energy resulted in a pile up in the first kilometer of the race which mixed up the results quite a bit. Junior Ingrid Thyr lead the Ephwomen with a season personal best in 14th place. Closely following Thyr was teammate sophomore Magdalen York, finishing in 23rd place and senior captain Sonya Jampel in 33rd. These finishes resulted in the WILLIAMS NORDIC womens team in 5th place overall.
Once the women completed their race, the men embarked on their final 20k mass start classic race. By the time the men started at noon the sun had risen, warming the snow which made waxing skis a little tricky but head coach Jason Lemieux and assistant coach Garrett Garberich provided as always. After completing the 4-lap course, freshman Isaac Frietas-Eagan lead the WILLIAMS NORDIC men, finishing in 12th place. Following Frietas-Eagan was teammate senior Evan Carr in 18th, Jack Consenstein in 21st and senior captain Nick Gardner in 27th. This resulted in the WILLIAMS NORDIC mens team in 4th place overall.
Head coach Jason Lemieux shares his thoughts on the season. "It's hard to believe that we're at the end of an 8 weekend in a row race schedule. The team has really impressed me this year with their standout performances and contagious positive attitudes. Highs and lows are inevitable in nordic ski racing and the supportive camaraderie on the team has made for incredible season. The snow at Regional Championships was deep and the conditions were awesome. We've had some crazy classic waxing the last two weekends and the in those conditions mental and physical toughness are paramount. The team rose to the occasion and we finished the regular season with some strong performances. It's always a tough transition at regionals as many of the seniors race their final races for Williams. The class of 2019 has been an outstanding group and they have all been huge mentors to others on the team. As we look ahead to NCAAs I'm really excited to see what Braden and Isaac can do. We were very close to qualifying many more, but sometimes it comes down to .1 seconds (as it did for Nick Gardner) and we were on the wrong end of that this year. Nick tied for the last qualifying spot in points, but a tie is broken by the best overall finish and that went to a Dartmouth skier. Nonetheless we're looking forward to a final week of solid training as we gear up for the NCAA Championships in Stowe, VT."