CRAFTSBURY, VT – Another race day has come and gone and the Williams Nordic ski team has once again asserted themselves as a force to be reckoned with. After the skate individual start race yesterday, the team was happy with their results but hungry for more. This hunger showed during the men's 20k mass start classic race as well as the women's 15k mass start classic race.
With more bearable temperatures, just above zero, the men lined up at the start for one of their longest races of the season. After looping around the 5k lap course four times, junior Henry Mcgrew led the men's team to a finishing place of 15th, less than a minute out of 10th place. This was a serious improvement from yesterday but did not come as a shock. Following Mcgrew was teammate freshman Jacob Jampel in 26th place and senior captain Dylan Syben in 47th place. It is really exciting to see freshman Jampel pull his weight!
The points these men earned in their 20k race landed them in 8th place at the end of the day as a men's team. The men very much look forward to senior captain Jack Consenstein, junior Emil Graf and sophomore Isaac Freitas-Eagan joining them again next weekend at the UVM Carnival which will be held, once again, at Craftsbury, VT.
After the men set a speedy tone for the women to use as an example, the Eph women lined up for their 15k mass start classic race. Three laps around a 5k loop is a long distance but head coach Jason Lemieux and assistant coach Gerritt Garberich prepared insanely quick skis which made the race much more enjoyable. In fact, junior Magdalen York hit the fastest split on the downhill, reaching 38 kilometers per hour at one point.
Once all of the women crossed the finish line, the lady Eph's top scorer was freshman Hadassah Lurbur who finished in 29th place. Closely following teammate was fellow teammate Lilly Bates in 38th place. The third female racer was senior Ivy Speigel-Ostrom in 41st place, her best ever carnival finish! It is noteworthy enough to repeat how special it is that the freshmen are pulling through already this early in the season. The Eph women ended the day in 11th place. They look forward to senior captain Ingrid Thyr, sophomore Siri Bohacek, sophomore Jenae Rassmusen and sophomore Marika Massey-Bierman joining them once they recover from their sickness.
The Williams ski team, Nordic and Alpine combined, ended their weekend at the Harvard carnival in 7th place with 391 points.
The Williams Nordic Ski team looks forward to next weekend when they will return to Craftsbury, VT for the UVM Carnival. They will compete in a classic sprint as well as a 5k/10k skate race. Rock the cow!