The 2015 EISA Carnival season kicks off this weekend. If early season results are any indicator, it is shaping up to be a stellar season of collegiate racing. For much of the circuit, early season racing began with the Eastern Cup Openers at Rikert Nordic Center in December. Among the many strong collegiate finishes was the particularly impressive skate race put in by Patrick Caldwell (Dartmouth). He dominated the 15 kilometer skate mass start by a staggering 1 minute 17 seconds. The top ten was rounded out by four more EISA athletes: 3rd- Jack Hegman (UVM), 6th- Akeo Maifeld-Carucci (Harvard), 9th- Ben Hegman (UVM), 10th- Jordan Fields (Williams).
Caldwell carried his dominance into US Senior Nationals in Houghton, MI. He led the EISA contingent with top distance finishes in both the 15km skate and the 30km classic. Overall, EISA skiers put in a strong showing. Patrick Caldwell (Dartmouth), Rogan Brown (UVM), Jorgen Grav (UVM), Cole Morgan (UVM), Jack Hegman (UVM), Fabien Stoeck (Dartmouth), Raleigh Goessling (UNH), Silas Talbot (Dartmouth), and Akeo Maifeld-Carucci (Harvard) all put in top-30 finishes in the distance races for the men. Annika Taylor (UNH), Heather Mooney (Middlebury), Cory Stock (Dartmouth), Stephanie Kirk (UVM), Hallie Grossman (Bates), Mary Kate Cirelli (UVM), and Alayna Sonnesyn (UVM) all put in top 30 finishes in the distance races for the women. Three more men and three more women than made the top 30 at last year’s senior nationals, indicating we should be heading into an even faster college season this year.