HANOVER, New Hampshire - On Friday morning, the temperatures were bitter cold on the first day of the Dartmouth Carnival, measuring around 5 degrees Fahrenheit, making the tracks around Oak Hill hard pack and fast. All UMPI skiers were excited for the challenging course, which includes tough climbs and fast technical down hills.
Welly Ramsey (New Sharon, ME) continues to improve with every race of the season; he had an impressive eighth place finish in the men's 10K freestyle race on Friday crossing the line in a time of 25:35:00, one minute and 18 seconds off the first place skier. Justin Fereshetian (Turner, ME) finished in a time of 28:00.7, while Joey Bard (Woodland, ME)finished five seconds behind in 28:05.3. Brendan McLaughlin (Fort Fairfield, ME) crossed the line in 30:21.3 to round out his Owl team.
Ramsey's finish, coupled with strong races from Joey and Justin, helped place the men in 9th place overall behind Bowdoin and the University of New Hampshire.
Justine Cyr (Fort Kent, ME) had a solid race to lead the UMPI women; Cyr finished in a time of 16:01.7 in 47th place overall. Kati Christoffel (Clifton Park, NY) followed closely behind, finishing with a personal best time of 16:07.0, earning a 50th place finish in skating. First-year skier, Leann Abbott (Sumner, ME), came through in 24:17.6 to round out her Owl team.
The Lady Owls finished 11th in the 5k freestyle race.