CRAFTSBURY, VT -- Temperatures plummeted as the Williams Nordic ski team soared out of the start gate and on to their first race of the season in chilly but beautiful Craftsbury, Vermont. After some climate change-induced drama which included Dublin, New Hampshire rapidly losing all their snow, Harvard University made the hasty yet wise decision to move their carnival to Craftsbury.
The men started the day off, the first racer leaving the start gate –beep beep beep beeeeeeep- at 9:30:30AM in -2-degree F weather. Their race was an individual start 10k skate race on a 2-lap course. Unfortunately, many of the men's team members have been affected by the flu and have not traveled with the team in order to keep their germs to themselves and rest up so they are ready to go for next weekend. Sophomore Woody Martineau lead the men's team, finishing 47th, 38 seconds out of 30th place. Following Martineau, was junior Henry McGrew and freshman Jacob Jampel in 50th and 51st place, respectively. The men's team finished the first day of racing in 9th place with 39 points. The Williams Nordic men's team looks forward to next weekend when Senior captain Jack Consenstein, junior Emil Graf and sophomore Isaac Freitas-Eagan recover from the flu and rejoin the team.
After the men's team made their mark on the 10k course, the women lined up to show the field what they are made of. Their race consisted of one lap of an individual start 5k skate race. Unfortunately, sophomore Jenae Rasmussen who was ranked first on the Williams Nordoc ski team woke up the morning of the race sick and sophomore Marika Massey-Bierman also sat the race out due to sickness. Once all the racers had thrust their toes across the finish line, freshman Lilly Bates shocked the crowd by finishing first for the Williams Nordic skiteam in a solid 33rd place. Following Lilly was freshman Hadassah Lurbur in 41st and Siri Bohachek in 44th.
Today after the first day of the two-day carnival the Eph nordic teamsits in 10th place.
It's extremely exciting to see the freshman women as well as men (man) pulling their own weight and the team looks forward to the rest of the season as the freshmen as well as the rest of the team race into their season.
Head coach, Jason Lemieux comments, "The team is happy to have the first carnival race under their belts. The team is looking for more and although we're battling some sickness in both teams right now, we are looking forward to a hard effort tomorrow and to building some good momentum heading into the season!"
The Williams Nordic ski team looks forward to tomorrow, where the men will race in a 20k mass start classic race and the women will race a 15k mass start classic race. Roll Cow!