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Clarkson, Wyoming Top USCSA Nationals in Bend

The Clarkson University  nordic ski team took top women’s honors at the U.S. Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association National Championships in Bend, Oregon, helping propel Clarkson to an overall women’s President’s Award win combining alpine, nordic, and freestyle events. And the University of Wyoming dominated men’s nordic, but couldn’t stop Clarkson from also taking the men’s President’s Award overall title.

104 cross-country skiers toed the line over the course of the National Championships, the biggest field ever for the USCSA.

In the 7.5 k classic individual-start, Vincent Mason of Wyoming picked up the first win of the week for the Cowboys. Wyoming and Western State College dominated the field: Western’s Nate Maddox finished second, Wyoming’s Trevor Willoughby and William Timmons third and fourth, Western’s Kevin Geisen fifth, and Wyoming’s Samuel Wiswell sixth.

In the women’s 7.5 k classic, the top ten was more diverse. Ana Witkowski of Clarkson won a national title, besting Bri Paulsen of Saint Olaf. Isabel Sharp of Cornell placed third, Sarah Duclos of Clarkson fourth, Meghan Kent of Wyoming fifth, and Emma Malmquist of Colorado Mesa University sixth.

In the men’s skate sprint, Charles Maitland got Clarkson a men’s victory, besting Maddox and Timmons for the podium. Mitchell Hollman of the Air Force Academy took fourth, further breaking up the Wyoming-Western stranglehold.

In the women’s skate sprint, Witkowski picked up a second win. She bested Duclos, with Yara Thomas of Wyoming getting on the podium for the first time; Daisy Richmond of Saint Olaf placed fourth.

In the 15 k skate mass start, Maitland won again, edging Timmons by just two tenths of a second in an exciting finish. Wiswell was third, +18.4, and Hollman outsprinted Vincent for fourth.

And in the women’s mass start, Duclos came through to give Clarkson a double win on the day. She bested Paulsen by 5.6 seconds, with Witkowski and Kent finishing third and fourth.

The final event of the week was a team sprint, won in dominating fashion by the Wyoming men and Clarkson women. Video of the race can be found at the USCSA’s broadcast website.

Results: men / women

Bates Carnival Highlight Videos

Bates College hosted NCAA Regional Championships, the final weekend of Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) races, last Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24-25, at Black Mountain of Maine in Rumford, Maine. Friday held 5- and 10-kilometer classic races, followed by 15/20 k freestyle mass starts on Saturday. St. Lawrence’s India Harvey filmed and edited the following race-highlights videos. Check them out below, and for results, click here. Friday’s 5/10 k classic: Saturday’s 15/20 k freestyle: *** FasterSkier is seeking contributions (written, photography or videography) from college and regional race circuits in North America. Please email info@fasterskier.com if interested.

Middlebury Carnival Highlight Videos

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Dartmouth Carnival Highlight Videos (+Carnie Crush Edition)

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CCSA Distance Championships Recap

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UVM Carnival Highlight Videos

The University of Vermont (UVM) hosted the third weekend of Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) races Feb. 3-4 at the Trapp nordic center in Stowe, Vt. Freestyle sprints were held Friday, and 10-kilometer classic races for both the men and the women took place Saturday. St. Lawrence’s India Harvey filmed and edited the following highlights videos from the races. Check them out below, and for results, click here. Day 1: Freestyle sprints Day 2: 10 k classic individual start FasterSkier is seeking contributions (written, photography or videography) from college and regional race circuits in North America. Please email info@fasterskier.com if interested.

CCSA Duluth Hilltop Invite Recap

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UNH Carnival Highlight Videos

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St. Lawrence Carnival Highlight Videos

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