Saturday, January 16, 2016

Heavy Snowfall Challenges Skiers on Second Day of Bates Carnival

Waterville, ME

This morning the second day of the Bates College Carnival began under cloudy skies. College skiers were joined by hundreds of eastern cup racers for the day’s freestyle events. Despite the best efforts of the organizers, the full race loop was deemed unfit for racing and the Women’s 5km and Men’s 10km races were contested on the same 1.5 km loop at yesterday’s sprints. With the women racing 3 loops and the men 6, many a coach or teammate could be heard yelling at a skier that it was their final loop.

Despite the counting challenges the skiers were in top form. The women’s race got underway at 10 am under a curtain of snow. Today Kelsey Phinney of Middlebury held off the oncoming charge of the University of Vermont to take the win in 12:13.0. Following just 7 seconds behind her was Alayna Sonnesyn of UVM. Sonnesyn’s teammates Iris Pessey and Mary-Kate Cirelli followed in close succession. The University of New Hampshire’s Lizzie Gill rounded out the top five.

While it was the University of Vermont women who won on the day, the Dartmouth women put in an extremely strong showing taking places 6 through 9. However, in the end it was not enough to take the weekend win away from the UVM women who finished the carnival with 240 points. Dartmouth was a close second with 225 points and the University of New Hampshire rounded out the top 3 with 186 points for the weekend.

On the men’s side it was Jack Hegman of the University of Vermont who battled through the white out conditions to take the win in 22:07.5. Following just two seconds behind him was teammate Jorgen Grav, while Fabian Stocek of Dartmouth finished third. Rounding out the top five were Eli Hoenig of Williams and Oscar Friedman of Dartmouth.

A strong performance by Cully Brown filled out the University of Vermont’s top three and helped secure the men’s win for today. Callan Deline’s 11th place finish helped Dartmouth to just outpace the men of Williams College. Dartmouth finished the day with 112 point to Williams’ 108. The UVM men took the weekend win with an impressive 260 points, while Williams and Dartmouth tied for 2nd with 199 points each.

Racing resumes next Saturday with the Colby College Carnival. Racers will return to Waterville, ME for a 15km Classic Mass Start and Freestyle Team Sprints.