Sugarloaf, ME -- Today the Eph Alpine Skiers raced giant slalom on day one of the Colby Carnival. It was a bluebird day in Sugarloaf, Maine and the temperatures climbed into the low 30s. The weather was truly spectacular as skiers faced the Narrow-Gauge trail, making their way through the mild pitched snow bowl section and diving onto the steep headwall before winding down the lower flat section to the finish.
Junior Maddie Dekko continued to show her consistent giant slalom skills, skiing to 21st place. Freshman Claudia Cantin had an awesome second run to place 15th on the run and claim 23rd place overall. Sophomore Hannah Trudeau was the 3rd points scorer for the Ephs today placing 39th. "The women showed some serious aggression today with Maddie recovering from mistakes to amass another top 30 result, Claudia laying down a lights out second run to solidify her first top 30 for the team, and Hannah with her first clean finish in a GS carnival all year" Assistant Coach Charlie Harrison said.
For the men's team, Will Kannegieser had an amazing first run, placing 12th, until an unfortunate tumble over the headwall on second run resulted in a lost ski. Seniors Paul Sheils and Cole Janco had their best finishes of the season with 14th and 19th place respectively. Senior Ryan Schmidt also landed in the top 30 today with a 27th place finish.
The men finished 5th in the 13-team field today and the women finished 9th. Combined with Nordic ski results the Ephs sit in 5th place overall for the Colby Carnival standings. The Alpine Ski Team will return to Sugarloaf tomorrow for the Colby Carnival slalom race.