Posted: Feb 26, 2016
RIPTON, VT - The UMPI Owls took part in the EISA Championships held at the Rikert Nordic Ski Center in Ripton, Vt. The races held were a 5/10km skate and a 15/20km classic.
"The organizers and snow making crew at Rikert do an excellent job, we always look forward to skiing at Rikert," coach Joey Bard. "There is zero natural snow on the ground in Vt, to be able to pull together the excellent conditions we had on a full 5km loop is quite amzing."
Freshmen Connor Hyrnuk (Boonville, NY) and Ian Marshall (Saco, ME) competed in both the 10km skate and 20km classic. Conditions for the Mens race where difficult, hard man made snow with warming conditions made for treacherous skiing coming off the A climb. Much of the mens field fell in this section including the UMPI men.
With re-grooming prior to the start of the ladies race, conditions where much more favorable. The ladies where led by senior Hilary Saucy (Harleysville, PA) in 32nd. Followed by Lydia Streinz (JR, Hersey, PA) in 40th and Valentina Annunziata (SO, Honeoye Falls, NY)in 64th. Twenty seconds separated 20th to 42nd place for an extremely tight race.
The second day of race proved to be a tough one for the UMPI men. "20km, that is a lot of suffering," said Hyrnuk, who raced to 50th.
The UMPI Ladies fared a little better with the 15km. Streinz and Saucy stayed quite close for all three laps and ended up 40 and 41st.
With excellent skiing in the County the Owls plan to take advantage it. Local citizen races including the Hymie Towle, and FCU Marathon are next.
Photo Credit: Dennis Curran