Feb 19, 2016
With the horrible winter of 15/16 continuing the Williams Carnival originally slated to be held in Prospect, Vt was moved to a manmade loop in Lake Placid, NY. While snow conditions where good, a very difficult course of nearly 1.5km of climbing followed by a 1km decent was laid out for the competitors.
Opening day of competition began with a 10km individual start for both the men and women. Junior Lydia Streinz of Hersey, ME led the Owls with a 32nd place performance. She was followed by teammates Hilary Saucy (SR, Harleysville, PA) in 39th and Valentina Annunziata (SO, Honeoye Falls, NY) in 65th. On the Men's side Freshman, Connor Hyrnuk (FR, Boonville, NY) put fourth his best result of the year with a 48th place finish. Freshman Ian Marshall of Saco also competed and raced to 68th.
The second day of race followed the pursuit format, racers would start the race in the position in which they finished the day prior. Streinz continued her excellent weekend skiing up to 26th position, which was good enough for 19th on the day, a new personal best. Saucy and Annunziata held there own finishing 39th and 62nd.
With rapidly changing conditions the Men skied well on this second day with less than great skis finishing 48th and 68th on the day.
"Improvement continued this weekend in Lake Placid," said coach Joey Bard. "We had excellent results from Lydia and Connor on the first day, Lydia continued her strong performance on the second day with a new personal best in 19th. Conditions were changed and the tracks began to ice up for the Men's race, I simply missed the wax. Skis were way too slick, I'm proud of the Men for fighting through and finishing as well as they did."
A full recap of results can be found here, http://eisaskiing.blogspot.com/p/results.html
The Owls will head to Middlebury, Vt for the last remaining carnival of the season this weekend, Feb 26/27.
Photo Credit: Dennis Curran