January 27, 2012

UMPI Skiers Accomplish Program First at UNH Carnival

(JACKSON, NH) --  For the first time in an Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association event, the University of Maine-Presque Isle placed two skiers in the top 30 of classic sprints.  Joey Bard (So./Woodlan, ME) and Justin Fereshetian (Sr./Turner, ME) finished 16th and 26th respectively at the University of New Hampshire Carnival on Friday.

By finishing in the top 36 the two Owls qualified to ski in one of the 6 heats to establish the day's winner.  The top 2 finishers in each heat moved on to the semifinals.

Fereshetian skied well in his heat but was beaten in a sprint to the finish by 2010 NCAA All-American Pat Johnson from Middlebury and finished 3rd.

Bard also had a good heat but lost a few key battles for position on the corners and ended up losing a spring to the finish for 4th in his heat.

Both finishes were personal bests for the UMPI skiers.

"It was a crazy day with snow followed by sleet and straight rain by the time the sprint heats started," said Owls' coach Paul Stone, "but it is the first time we've had two guys in the top 30 in an EISA race so we were pretty excited.  They are both fired up for tomorrow's 20k mass start freestyle."

The rest of the UMPI nordic ski team is in Presque Isle preparing for the Frostbite Race in Fort Kent on Sunday.