CRAFTSBURY, VT – Day two of the Craftsbury Supertours and University of Vermont carnival has come and gone and Williams College has continued to rise in the ranks. Now that many of the team members who have recovered from their sickness have rejoined the team, the team points have gotten much better.
The women began the day once again in their individual start 5k skate race. After completing the enormously hilly one-lap course, senior captain Ingrid Thyr led the women into the finish, placing 45th over and 32nd for all female collegiate racers. Closely following Thyr were teammates Lilly Bates in 49th overall and Hadassah Lurbur in 57th overall. Looking at only carnival team rankings, Bates placed 36th collegiate woman and Lurbur placed 43rd collegiate woman. Almost all of the women's team members performed better than they did last weekend and they ended up in 8th place overall as a women's team.
After the women set the tone and put dry clothes on to cheer the rest of their teammates on, the men started out on their 10k individual start skate race. Encouraged by the women's motivating cheering, the men ended the day in 6th place overall. The first male finisher was sophomore Isaac Freitas-Eagan in an astounding 4th place against all collegiate men! Last weekend, Freitas-Eagan was sick and the team is so happy he is back and better than ever. Following Freitas-Eagan was teammate junior Henry Mcgrew in 16th place and freshman Jacob Jampel in 21st. Overall, including athletes who have raced in the World Cup and at the Olympics, Mcgrew placed 43rd and Jampel placed 48th. These are incredible results.
Head coach Jason Lemieux offers a few comments on the day of racing. "This weekend was a good step forward in performances and results. Isaac really had a great day leading the men's team and was only 15 seconds from the win. We had multiple career best finishes, so that's something for the team to be proud of. We're still battling some illness and are looking forward to getting the whole team back to health and racing soon."
The team looks forward to racing tomorrow. It is a Supertour, but not carnival race. The men will be competing in a 15k classic mass start and the women will compete in the 10k mass start classic race. The points received from the results tomorrow will not determine NCAA place but will contribute to USSA points.