Men Skiiers Continue Their Surge at Middlebury Carnival
Event: Middlebury Carnival
Location: Hancock/Ripton, VT
Race: Men's 10K Classic
UMPI Team Finish: 8th
Coach Paul Stone's Thoughts:
"The team skied well this weekend. Conditions were tricky for waxing but Eirik Fosnæs (So./Bærum, Norway) led the way again finishing 11th. All the guys started off really well but got tired on the second 5km loop. Eirik was only :01 off the lead through 2km. Joey Bard ((Jr./Woodland, ME) was in the low twenties early but faded a little. Justin Fereshetian (Sr./Turner, ME) rounded out the scoring for the team on historic day as they finished as the top Maine team beating Colby, Bates and Bowdoin. A program first!
Race: Men's 20K Mass Start Skate Race
UMPI Team Finish: 6th
Coach Stone: "The men were better in the 20km mass start skate race. It was a challenging course with really icy downhill corners that claimed more then a few competitors. Two Canadian national development team athletes dropped out after crashing. Eirik started off the same as Friday, quickly moving up from 17th starting position to 3rd in the first KM. Due to a tactical error, he lost contact with the front ten guys at the end of the first of four 5km laps. Despite the setback he hung tough blowing by a Middlebury guy in the last 100m and almost caught a Vermont skier on the line. He led the way for the team in 11th. Joey impressed spectators jumping over a fallen skier at the top of one downhill en route to an 18th place finish. He also out-sprinted a skier in the last 100m sneaking by a Harvard skier at the top of the finishing straightaway and leaving him behind. Justin Fereshetian rounded out the scoring on a historic day for the men as they smashed their personal best team finish placing 6th on the day beating among others (NCAA) D1 Harvard and University of New Hampshire."
Race: WOMEN'S 15K Mass Start
Coach Stone: "The women soldiered on even without a few sick skiers that were resting ahead of the EISA Championships next week. Hilary Saucy (Fr./Harleysville, PA) led the way both days including a personal best 60th place. Natasha Smith (So./Turner, ME) scored points for the Owls for the first time as our second skier both days."