Waterville Valley, NH --The Eph Alpine Ski Team competed in the first carnival of the season today hosted by Harvard University at Waterville Valley, NH. Over one foot of new snow and frigid temperatures made for challenging course conditions for the Carnival slalom race, but Williams skiers showed grit and promising skiing.
The day's Nordic team effort combined with the Alpine team's performance leaves the Ephs in 10th place after the first day of the two-day carnival.
The women's team had 4 team members hike or crash on the first run. Sophomore Hannah Trudeau and junior Maddie Dekko fought down the bumpy course to earn a second run. Trudeau scored valuable carnival points placing 28thoverall after starting bib 71. Dekko who was 9th after the first run showed toughness by hiking on the second run to finish 49th.
Senior captain Paul Sheils led the men's team by placing 30th overall, scoring carnival points. Senior Will Kannegieser was close behind in 32nd, while senior Cole Janco, who started bib 77 today, skied to an impressive 34thplace. "I thought that members of the team fought for the finish line hard today through soft snow conditions and ruts" Alpine Assistant Charlie Harrison said. "Across the board, I saw hints of excellence that is coming when everyone is able to put two clean runs together."
The team will compete tomorrow in the second day of the Harvard Carnival in the giant slalom at Waterville Valley, NH.