Bard Leads UMPI at EISA Championships
**UPDATED: DAY TWO RESULTS**
On the 2nd day of races in Vermont individuals took part in the "20K Classic" event at the Trapp Family Lodge in Vermont. Skiers had to battle a bevy of elements from the eight inches of snow that had fallen overnight, to the three that fell throughout the event, and a howling wind, that all came together to create nearly zero visibility for participants.
Joey Bard not only had to brave the weather but also some bad luck. The sophomore had his pole stomped off in the first few kilometers and he had to go back for it, then readjust it over the course of the next few minutes and he still managed to regain contact with the lead pack. Once in tact, Bard finished 12th out of 69 racers with a time of 1:20:51.8. Justin Fereshetian finished 24th, a career best, crossing the finish line at the 1:22:25.1 mark. For the 20k race the Owl men finished eighth out of 13 teams, beating out some strong programs including Division I Harvard University.
STOWE, VT -- University of Maine-Presque Isle sophomore Joey Bard (So./Woodland, ME) closed out a strong 2nd season as a member of the Owls' Nordic Ski team finishing 20th overall in the 10k skate race this weekend at the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association Championships
The Nordic races were held at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, VT, a venue that has served as home to the EISA for three weekends of racing during this low snow winter.
The Owls' Justin Fereshetian (Sr./Turner, ME) finished 47th.
The results for UMPI allowed the Owls to finish 9th overall on the men's side, matching their season best finish and topping Division I Harvard in the process.
Owls' coach Paul Stone found out that setting goals for his team can have consequences.
"Well Joey's top 30 finish today means that the team has the option to cut and style my hair and scraggly beard any way they want. So there is a high probability that I will look pretty funny on Monday," said the Owls' 2nd year skipper.