Friday, January 29, 2016

UVM Dominate on Home Hill in First Day of UVM Carnival

After failing to win their first carnival in over three years at Colby last weekend, UVM dominated on their home hill by placing three women and four men in the top 10 to establish a 42 point lead over second place Dartmouth in the overall team standings.

UNH's Lisa Wesjoe
In the women’s race, UNH’s Lisa Wesjoe won both runs to claim her first victory of the season by over a second overall. UVM’s Brittany Lathrop led the home team in second, along with fellow teammates Elise Tefre in fourth and Mille Graesdal in fifth. GS Leader Foreste Peterson of Dartmouth continued her streak of GS podiums in third, only 0.18 seconds behind Lathrop over the course of the two minute-long runs. First-year Caroline Bartlett once again impressed for Middlebury with a sixth place finish, while Dartmouth’s Libby Gibson earned another top-10 result in seventh. UNH’s consistent contender Randa Teschner finished eighth, while Plymouth State’s Freydis Einarsdotter cracked into the top ten in GS for her first time by finishing ninth. With a strong second run, Colby’s Sierra Leavitt led the Mules in tenth.

UVM's Max Roeisland
The men’s race saw a handful of US Ski Team members start before their upcoming Nor-Am Series in Canada, pitting future US World Cup prospects like Michael Ankeny and Kipling Weisel against the best college skiers in the east.

Once again, however, UVM stood up big and strong. Max Roeisland’s first run was enough to give him his first win of the season by 0.34 seconds over teammate and GS leader Dom Garand, who jumped from fifth to second place with the second fastest second run. Dartmouth joined UVM by placing four in the top 10 as Thomas Woolson and Kevyn Read lead the Big Green in third and fifth, sandwiching last week’s GS winner Phillipe Rivet of UNH in fourth. Guillaume Grand once again lead Saint Micheal’s Purple Knights with his sixth place finish, while UVM’s Bobby Farrell placed seventh. In his first carnival of the season, Sandy Vietze won the second run by half a second from outside the flip 30 finishers first run to finish eighth overall. Dartmouth’s Dylan Brooks and Robert Overing finished ninth and tenth, both within 0.20 seconds of Vietze and only 0.10 in front of Colby’s Michael Boardman in eleventh

Looking into the top 15, today saw some personal bests from Saint Michael’s Danny Duffy, Bates’ Chris Bradbury, who jumped from bib 62 to finish 15th. Colby’s Jack Auty once again met the attack from the back challenge, finishing 16th after starting 90th.

The UVM Carnival continues tomorrow with the slalom race as predicted snow may make things interesting for racers and course workers alike.