Monday, January 26, 2015

UVM Wins Home Carnival for 16th Straight Win

Silke Hynes
STOWE, VT. - Racing resumed this weekend with the UVM winter carnival at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, VT. In a tightly contested series, it seems that home course advantage helped the University of Vermont nordic team top rival Dartmouth College with 447 points and 427 points respectively. Rounding out the top three was the University of New Hampshire who skied into third with 400 points.

The carnival kicked off Friday with the men’s 10 km freestyle. Patrick Caldwell (DAR) defended his freestyle leader bib in commanding style, beating second place Rogan Brown (UVM) by more than a minute. Frederic Touchette of Laval finished third, ahead of Akeo Maifeld-Carucci (HAR) and Raleigh Goessling (UNH). Strong skiing from Fabian Stocek and Silas Talbot helped the Dartmouth men to secure the team win for the day.

Winner Patrick Caldwell leads 5th place Raleigh Goessling in the men's 10 km skate. (Silke Hynes/EISA)
The women’s 5 km freestyle kicked off as conditions warmed up and it proved to be Annika Taylor’s (UNH) day to shine. After two second place finishes at the Bates carnival last weekend, she stood atop the podium Friday, beating second place Mary-Kate Cirelli (UVM) by almost 15 seconds. Heather Mooney (MID), who wore the freestyle leader bib heading into the weekend, once again skied her way onto the podium with a third place finish. Hallie Grossman (BAT) and Alayna Sonnesyn (UVM) put in impressive races to round out the top five. Stephanie Kirk put in a fast race in 7th to help the UVM women claim victory on the day.

Mary-Kate Cirelli heads out on course in the women's 5 km skate. (Silke Hynes/EISA)
Saturday’s racing began with the men’s mass start 15 km classic, in much warmer conditions than the previous Saturday’s competition. Patrick Caldwell (DAR) continued his winning streak, and secured his classic leaders bib for another weekend. He skied into first just ahead of Dartmouth teammate Silas Talbot. Tobias Trenkle (UVM) edged out his teammate Jack Hegman by less than 2 seconds to take third place. Fabian Stocek (DAR) filled out the UVM and Dartmouth dominated top 5. With three in the top five, the Dartmouth men won the day.

Competitors head out on course for the men's 15 km classic mass start. (Silke Hynes/EISA)

The weekend wrapped up with the women’s 10 km classic mass start. Annika Taylor (UNH) continued her winning weekend, skiing to her fourth podium of the season ahead of UVM’s Mary-Kate Cirelli who once again finished second. Cory Stock (DAR) finished third, followed by Heather Mooney (MID) and Hallie Grossman (BAT). Strong skiing by Stephanie Kirk and Alayna Sonnesyn that helped to propel the UVM women to a narrow 2 point win over the UNH women for the day.
Annika Taylor (UNH) celebrates victory as she crosses the line in the women's 10 km mass start classic. (Torin La Liberte/EISA)

Complete results can be found here.

The carnival circuit will resume this Friday with a full weekend of classic racing at the Saint Michael’s College Carnival in Huntington, VT.