RIKERT NORDIC CENTER, VT – Welcome to Regionals and day one of the Middlebury carnival. After taking last weekend off from racing, the Williams Nordic team entered the race weekend feeling energetic and confident.
The women began the day with a 5k individual start skate race. After everyone had completed the course, the first Eph woman finisher was senior captain Ingrid Thyr in 11th place overall. This is a season best for Thyr and proves she is racing into the season as she continues to rapidly rise in the ranks. Following Thyr was teammate freshman Lilly Bates who ended her day in 23rd place and sophomore Jenae Rassmusen in 24th. Both Bates and Rassmusen were just about a mere 20 seconds from placing in the top 10.
Placing three women in the top 25, the Williams Nordic women ended their day in 5th place as a women's team.
After all of the women finished their races and were cooling down, the men set out on their 10k individual start skate race. Once everyone had left all they had on the trails, the first Williams Nordic male finisher was sophomore Isaac Freitas-Eagan who placed 9th, just 13 seconds out of a top 10 finish. Following Freitas-Eagan was teammate senior captain Jack Consenstein with a season best of 13th place. In the past, Consenstein has pulled out extraordinary results in the last weekend of racing and his fans can't wait to see what he is capable of tomorrow. Following Consenstein, was teammate Henry Mcgrew in 20th.
After the men placed 3 in the top 20, they ended their day in 5th place as a men's team.
Head coach Jason Lemieux was thrilled with today's races. He comments, "It was a great day for both the men's and women's teams. It was awesome to have so many personal bests today and to have all of our scoring skiers in the top 25. The team is fired up for a big day tomorrow! Seniors jack and Ingrid both rose to the occasion and had either season or career best finishes today. It makes me so happy to see their hard work and dedication paying off. This was their last EISA skate race and they finished off on a very high note!"
The Williams Nordic ski team looks forward to tomorrow where they will be competing in a 15k/20k mass start classic race. Ephs know how to bring the fire and the seniors are ready to go out with a bang. Rock the Cow!