CRAFTSBURY, VT – Today is a special day because, not only is it the University of Vermont Carnival, it is also the only sprint of the year and the Supertour! Because there are no sprints at NCAAs, today's race does not count toward NCAA points. The points do matter for USSA placing which will matter for seed places in races later on in the season. This is a great opportunity to get better points because the Williams team is racing against not only other collegiate skiers but also athletes who have participated in the Olympics and European world cup races.
With much more bearable weather than last weekend, the Williams Nordic ski team was geared up and ready to go, especially the team members who pride themselves on their sprinting abilities.
The women started the day off with their sprint qualifier. With a winning time of 3:56:03 minutes, the course was ripping fast. The women's team first finisher was senior captain Ingrid Thyr, finishing in 38th place, just missing qualifying for the heats by three seconds. This is a reminder to always give sprint races every last bit of your energy. You never know where one second will help you out tremendously. The second Williams team woman was Hadassah Lurbur, finishing in 46th place, just 0:0:02 seconds ahead of teammates sophomore Siri Bohacek and freshman Lilly Bates.
Unfortunately, none of the women were top 30 so they did not move on to heats. They look forward to stirring things up tomorrow in their 5k individual start skate race.
After the women finished their race, the men set out on the same exact course. The first Williams male finisher was senior captain Dylan Syben in 33rd place, less than one second out of 30th and therefore qualifying for heats. Following Syben was teammate junior Emil Graf in 38th place and Jack Consenstein in 40th place. Again, none of the men qualified for heats but they also look forward to tomorrow's 10k individual start skate race.
As previously mentioned, tomorrow the Williams Nordic ski team will participate in an individual start skate race. The following day, Sunday the 26th, the team will compete in a classic mass start race.
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