Saturday, February 20, 2016

Familiar Faces Top Podium in Classic Pursuit

Lake Placid, NY
The Williams College Carnival continued today with both genders completing their two day pursuit with a 5km classic. Today’s start order reflected yesterday’s finish, with skiers racing to cross the line first for the win. The day dawned warm, and throughout the race day the threat of rain hovered in the air.

The women’s race was underway first, with yesterday’s winner Alayna Sonnesyn of the University of Vermont starting almost 17 seconds ahead of her teammate Mary-Kate Cirelli. Despite the head start, it was bib 3 Annie Pokorny of Middlebury who put in the fastest time of the day for the win. Sonnesyn held onto 2nd, while Cirelli managed to stay on the podium in 3rd. Katrin Larusson of the University of New Hampshire put in the second fastest time of the day for 4th place. Lydia Blanchet of Dartmouth held onto her 5th place from the day before.  

Annie Pokorney of Middlebury skis to first in the 5km Classic Pursuit

In the men’s race the top 4 remained unchanged with Jack Hegman of UVM expanding his lead on teammate Jorgen Grav to take the win. Grav managed to hold off the fastest skier of the day, Fabian Stocek of Dartmouth, to hold onto 2nd. Despite a strong race, Stocek remained in 3rd, staying ahead of Cole Morgan of UVM. The big change in the top five was Eli Hoenig of Williams, who charged up from 11th place to 5th.
Fabian Stocek of Dartmouth on his way to the fastest 5km classic of the day

Overall it was the University of Vermont who took the win with 992 points, over Dartmouth College with 919 points. The University of New Hampshire raced into 3rd with 720 points.

The EISA nordic circuit moves into the post season next weekend with the EISA Championships and NCAA regionals at the Middlebury College Carnival.