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Middlebury Carnival, EISA Season Review Video and More

Middlebury College hosted the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) NCAA Regional Championships Feb. 23-24 at the Rikert Nordic Center, and India Harvey sent us the following videos and photos recapping the action.

Middlebury Carnival Day 1: 

Video

Photos

Results: Women’s 5 k classic | Men’s 10 k classic

 

Middlebury Day 2:

Video

Photos

Results: Women’s 10 k freestyle mass start | Men’s 15 k freestyle mass start

 

EISA Season Review: Why Ski? (Video)

NCAA East Region Qualifiers

EISA Awards

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UVM & Dartmouth Carnival Videos and More

The University of Vermont (UVM) and Dartmouth College hosted the last two weekends of Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) Carnival racing, and India Harvey sent us the following videos and photos recapping the action.

The Williams Carnival kicked off Friday, Feb. 16 and continues Saturday, Feb. 17 at Prospect Mountain in Woodford, Vermont.

 

UVM Carnival Day 1

Video

Results: Women’s 15 k mass start | Men’s 20 k mass start

 

UVM Day 2

Videos

Photos

Results: Women’s 5 k classic | Men’s 10 k classic

 

Dartmouth Carnival Day 1

Video

Photos

Results: Women’s 5 k classic | Men’s 10 k classic

 

Dartmouth Day 2

Video

Photos

Results: Women’s 5 k freestyle | Men’s 10 k freestyle

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UVM Invitational Classic Team Sprints, Mixed Relay

ECSC racers during the 4 x 5 k mixed relay at the UVM Invitational last Sunday, Feb. 4, at the Sleepy Hollow Inn, Ski, and Bike Center in Huntington, Vermont. (Courtesy photo)

(Press release)

The 2018 Eastern Collegiate Ski Conference (ECSC) nordic action continued last weekend, Feb. 3-4, with the UVM Invitational, hosted by the University of Vermont Club Nordic team at Sleepy Hollow Inn, Ski, and Bike Center in Huntington, Vermont.

The races began Saturday afternoon with a classic team sprint. Conditions were cold and perfect for hard wax with some new snow that had fallen Thursday evening. The women’s race went off first with the Clarkson 1 team of Ana Witkowski, Raili Utiger and Bridget Wrangler taking a commanding win over of over a minute. Castleton 1 (Emily Cromine, Adi Toof and Megan Greene) and UVM 1 (Allie Skahen, Rachel Slimovitch and Sophia Weiss) battled for the next two podium positions with Castleton edging out UVM by six seconds at the line.

The men’s classic sprint was second with some very exciting racing at the front of the pack.  The Clarkson 1 (Tim Dunn, Mike Giraldi and Charlie Maitland) and UVM 1 (Owen Molind, Lukas Adamowicz and Thomas Clayton) teams traded leads for much of the race coming down to the final exchange where they were neck and neck. UVM prevailed winning the battle by 10 seconds.  Clarkson 2 (Peter Mallery, Austin Gillespie and Brian Chrzan) rounded out the podium for the day.

Day 2 of the carnival brought a race back from two years ago the mixed gender, mixed technique 4x5km relay, a true test of the most complete team. Clarkson 1 (Ana Witkowski, Charlie Maitland, Bridget Wrangler, and Mike Giraldi)  came away with a big victory beating UVM 1 (Rachel Slimovitch, Thomas Clayton, Allie Skahen, and Lukas Adamowicz) by 1 minute and 40 seconds.  Castleton 1 (Emily Cromine, Devin Perry, Megan Greene, and Dave Harvey) completed the podium.

The USCSA skiers are looking forward to races next weekend at the UMF Nordic Carnival at Carters XC Center in Bethel, ME!

Results

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Clarkson Invitational Skiathlons at Mt. Van Ho

On Saturday, Jan. 27, Clarkson University hosted its ECSC Invitational, with men’s and women’s skiathlon at Mt. Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid, N.Y.

(Press release)

The 2018 Eastern Collegiate Ski Conference (ECSC) nordic action continued last weekend with the Clarkson Invitational, hosted by Clarkson University at the Mt. Van Hoevenberg Nordic Center in Lake Placid, NY.

The weekend of racing began Saturday afternoon with 15-kilometer skiathlons in tricky conditions. The weather alternated between sunny and warm to cloudy and light snow. The men were first, with Andrew Siegel of the University of Vermont taking the win in a sprint finish over Charlie Maitland of Clarkson University. Devin Perry of Castleton finished in third place also in a sprint finish with Lucas Adamowicz of Vermont. Clarkson then packed three skiers before UVM’s third, narrowly edging them out for the team title, 15 to 16, with Castleton (50), McGill (54), Cornell (64), Sterling (110), and Army (158) following.

The women’s race started in a hailstorm, but luckily for all competitors it had stopped by the bottom of the first downhill. After a close split at the end of the classic leg, Ana Witkowski of Clarkson University pulled ahead of Isabel Sharp of Cornell to finish 53 seconds ahead of the field. Sharp held off Allie Skahen of the University of Vermont to finish in second place. Clarkson placed 3 skiers in the top 7 (Bridget Wangler, fourth; Raili Utiger, seventh) to take the win (12) over UVM (17) on the day, followed by Castleton (27), Cornell (28), McGill (62), Hamilton (70), and Army (82).

Unfortunately the relays which were planned for Sunday were cancelled due to unforgiving conditions, despite the valiant efforts of the Mt. Van Hoevenberg volunteer trail and maintenance crews. The abnormally warm weather, in conjunction with rain, resulted in snowmelt and the trails were unsuitable for the freestyle sprint relays. However, the USCSA racers are eagerly anticipating the races to come this weekend at Sleepy Hollow Inn, Ski and Bike Center in Huntington, Vermont for the UVM Invitational.

Skiathlon results: Women | Men

Colby & St. Mike’s Carnival Videos and More

Two weekends of Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) Carnival weekends are in the bag, and we have videos and photos from India Harvey recapping the action.

Colby Carnival Day 2 (Day 1 was canceled):

Video

Photos

Results: Women’s 5 k classic | Men’s 10 k classic

 

St. Michael’s Carnival Day 1:

Video

Photos

Results: Women’s 5 k classic | Men’s 10 k classic

 

St. Michael’s Day 2

Video

Photos

Results: Women’s 10 k freestyle | Men’s 15 k freestyle

 

The University of Vermont (UVM) hosts the next Carnival this coming Friday and Saturday, Feb. 2-3 in Stowe, Vt.

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2018 ECSC Nordic Season Opens at Castleton Invitational

Castleton’s Devin Perry (#4) gets ready to start the 7K Classic Sunday, Jan. 21, at the Castleton Invitational, with Cornell’s Josh Sayre (#5), Quentin Stoyel (#6) of McGill, and Caleb O’Connor-Genereaux (#9) of Sterling waiting behind him. (Courtesy photo)

(Press release)

CHITTENDEN, Vt. – The 2018 Eastern Collegiate Ski Conference (ECSC) Nordic season opened this past weekend with the Castleton Invitational, hosted by Castleton University at the Mountain Top Nordic Center.

The competition began Saturday afternoon with the freestyle event, covering nine kilometers. The men were first, with Charlie Maitland of Clarkson taking the individual title with a time of 26:05, 40 seconds ahead of Andrew Siegel of Vermont. Mike Giraldi of Clarkson finished in third place with a time of 28:42, helping the Golden Knights finish first in the team standings with nine points, ahead of Vermont (13), Dartmouth (33), McGill (43), Castleton (46), Cornell (60), and Sterling (71).

On the women’s side, Ana Witkowski of Clarkson came out on top of a competitive race with a time of 32:10, just ahead of Cornell’s Isabel Sharp in 32:21 and Bridget Wangler of Clarkson in 32:31. As a team, Clarkson finished in first place with 11 points, followed by Vermont (18), Cornell (27), Castleton (33), McGill (60), Middlebury (63), and Sterling (79).

Sunday morning, the competitors returned to Mountain Top for the seven-kilometer Classic event. This time the women led off, with Sharp earning a convincing 59-second victory in 23:48, ahead of Witkowski in 24:47 and Allie Skahen of Vermont in 25:22. Clarkson won the team competition with 13 points, with Vermont in second place with 20 points ahead of Castleton (29), Cornell (30), McGill (55), and Sterling (72).

The top of the men’s individual standings also flip-flopped, with Siegel coming out on top in 19:17 ahead of Maitland in 19:22, the only two skiers to break 20 minutes in the event. Thomas Clayton of Vermont finished third in 20:33, helping the Catamounts win the team competition for the day with 21 points, ahead of Clarkson (24), McGill (29), Castleton (48), Cornell (57), and Sterling (72).

The host Spartans were led by the same skiers on both days. Devin Perry led the men with an eighth place finish Saturday in 29:28 and a seventh place finishSunday in 21:23. Megan Greene finished in fifth place in the women’s individual standings on both days, posting times of 34:16 in the nine-kilometer freestyle and 25:40 in the seven-kilometer Classic.

The next event in the ECSC Nordic regular season is the Clarkson Invitational, taking place Jan. 27-28 in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Results

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UAA Takes Alaska Nordic Cup Over UAF

The University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolves hold the trophy for the Alaska Nordic Cup at Kincaid Park on Sunday afternoon. (Photo: Andrew Kastning)

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The cup is coming back to Anchorage.

The University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolves (UAA) used two days of balanced performances to top the University of Alaska Fairbanks Nanooks (UAF) in the 14th annual Alaska Nordic Cup, an early season contest between Alaska’s two NCAA ski teams. UAA now regains possession of the Alaska Nordic Cup — literally an historic ski that bears scant resemblance to a drinking vessel — for the next year.

The weekend’s racing began on a sunny Saturday morning at Independence Mine in Hatcher Pass, a stunning setting at 3,500′ in the Talkeetna Mountains roughly 60 miles outside of Anchorage. The women raced a 7.5-kilometer classic individual start, covering several short loops wending between the historic mine buildings. The men raced a 10 k classic individual start on the same course.

UAA women dominated the classic race, taking the first five places in a race with 12 collegiate women. First was Hailey Swirbul in 22:45.5, followed by Casey Wright (+41.9) in second and Marte Håkenstad-Bråten (+1:23.6) in third. Hannah Rudd (4th, +1:41) and Sadie Fox (5th, +2:00) also crossed the line before the first UAF skier.

UAF was led by Ann-Cathrin Uhl (+2:09) in sixth, Kati Roivas (+2:13) in seventh, and Anna Darnell (+3:12) in 10th.

Things were much closer in the men’s race, though UAA took the narrow cumulative victory there (based on each team’s top-three skiers) as well.

First on the day was UAA skier Toomas Kollo in 29:03.0. Second overall was Alaska Pacific University (APU) skier Tyler Kornfield (+4.2), whose time did not count toward the total for either NCAA school. (Although the APU ski team is closely affiliated with Alaska Pacific University, the ski team is not affiliated with the NCAA.)

Third through seventh place all finished within 30 seconds of each other: UAF skier Jan Cech in third (+16.5), UAA skier Zacharias Toresson in fourth (+29.3), UAF’s Seiji Takagi in fifth (+38.0), UAA’s Marcus Deuling in sixth (+45.3), and UAF’s Alex Eckert in seventh (+46.9).

A total of 15 women and 19 men raced on Saturday.

Team scores were based on the cumulative time of the top three skiers per gender. Following the classic races UAA had an edge of roughly six minutes over UAF based on combined time. The lion’s share of the advantage came from the women’s race (70:22.0 combined time for UAA women to 75:51.9 for UAF), with an additional 27 seconds coming from the men (88:23.6 to 88:50.4).

Racing continued at Kincaid Park in Anchorage on Sunday morning, under a light but steady snowfall and temperatures hovering around 16° F. Sunday brought a 4 x 5 k skate mixed-gender relay race. It also brought more of the same on the results sheet, with UAA skiing to a slight advantage over UAF in each of its two lead relay teams. The main difference this time was that APU showed up to set the pace.

The fastest relay team on the day was APU 1, which saw Becca Rorabaugh, Rosie Frankowski, and brothers Reese and Logan Hanneman cover roughly 20 k in 61:41.2. The Fairbanks area was not devoid of standout performances on the day; everyone on the winning relay team, save Frankowski, hails from the Golden Heart City. (Frankowski is from Minneapolis, and skied for Northern Michigan University before coming to APU.)

Roughly three minutes behind Logan Hanneman and APU 1, APU 3 (Lydia Blanchet, Taryn Hunt-Smith, Forrest Mahlen, Dawson Knopp) edged out UAA 1 (Håkenstad-Bråten, Swirbul, Tracen Knopp, Kollo) for second overall, finishing 2:59 back to 3:02 for UAA. APU 3 was aided by a Thanksgiving-week loan from the Dartmouth Ski Team, as Anchorage natives Blanchet and Hunt-Smith returned home from Hanover in time to race on Sunday.

UAF 1 (+3:18) was the next scoring college team in fourth, followed by UAA 2 (+4:40) in sixth and UAF 2 (+4:47) in seventh. Additional teams from APU, local club Alaska Winter Stars, and combined UAA–UAF skiers made up the rest of the 12-team relay field.

While APU 1 set the pace for most of the legs, the day’s fastest anchor leg appears to have come from 17-year-old phenom Gus Schumacher, who closed things out for Alaska Winter Stars.

Overall scoring for the Alaska Nordic Cup was based on the combined time of each school’s top three men and women in the classic race, plus each school’s top two teams in the relay race. UAA used a substantial advantage from the women’s classic race, plus smaller but consistent margins in the men’s classic race and both its relay teams, to take the overall victory by more than six minutes, 4:49:49 combined time to 4:56:11 for UAF.

Andrew Kastning, associate coach for Nordic skiing at UAA, was pleased with his team’s performance, while acknowledging some setbacks experienced by UAF. “I think we can feel really good about our season opener,” Kastning wrote in an email to FasterSkier. “UAF was missing a key skier and I know they weren’t 100% healthy so that’s always tough, but the Seawolves skied really well around the challenging Independence Mine trails and our relay teams were able to extend the lead thanks in large part to strong starts from Marte and Casey.”

Kastning continued, “Hailey had a fantastic weekend winning by 41sec in last season’s weaker technique, which she’s been working on a lot, and then establishing a great lead over the UAF relay teams allowing us to be the top NCAA team on both days. Toomas was very strong in the classic and much better this year in skating after coming off compartment surgery in April. Now we head into a big training camp of sleeping eating and skiing over the holiday where we will look to dial in some technique and expand our training base. I don’t want us to get overconfident yet, because the RMISA [Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association] will always be the toughest circuit to race, but this is the start to the season we were looking for.”

UAA’s successful weekend stands in contrast to UAF’s historical success in this skiing rivalry. Coming into the 2017 Alaska Nordic Cup, UAF held a 9–3–1 edge over its Anchorage rival. The record now stands at 9–4–1, advantage UAF.

RMISA racing continues with U.S. Cross Country Championships in early January, again at Kincaid Park.

Results and media: Saturday classic | Sunday relay and totals | Saturday highlight video from UAA

Gavin Kentch

Dusser New Assistant Coach for UAA Nordic Ski Team

(Courtesy: UAA Athletics)

(Press release)

ANCHORAGE – University of Alaska Anchorage head ski coach Sparky Anderson announced that former All-American Marine Dusser has joined the team as an assistant coach for Nordic.

“It’s fantastic to bring back one of our own,” said Sparky Anderson. “Marine is a three-time NCAA All-American for the Seawolves and knows our program from the inside out. She understands what it takes to compete at the elite level and I’m excited about what she brings to the table. Having Marine back in green and gold is a big win for our program.”

Dusser was a student-athlete for the Seawolves for two seasons (2012-14). She finished third in both the classical and freestyle races at the NCAA Championships to earn a pair of All-American honors in her first season of competition for UAA. Dusser earned the third All-American honor of her career with a ninth place finish in the freestyle race the following year.

“Marine had a very successful career as a Seawolf Skier, and I’m excited to have her join our coaching staff,” said Andrew Kastning, associate coach for Nordic skiing. “She will bring fresh perspectives to our training and race preparation having recently finished her ski racing career. She is also in very good shape having won the Government Peak and Knoya Ridge runs this past summer so she should be able to push our athletes during the hard trainings. With snow on the Chugach peaks, the excitement for the coming winter is really starting to build, and Marine will help make the UAA ski team a great program to excel in for years to come.”

Dusser focused mainly on biathlon prior to joining the Seawolves. She was a member of the French national team for seven years, winning three medals at the Junior World Championships and was a six-time French Junior National Champion.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in management from UAA and earned a master’s degree in management from the Grenoble Business School.

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:

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Middlebury Carnival Highlight Videos

Middlebury College hosted the fourth weekend of Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) races this past Friday and Saturday, Feb. 17-18, at the Rikert Nordic Center in Ripton, Vt. Freestyle mass start races (15 k for the women/20 k for men) took place Friday, and Saturday held classic team sprints. St. Lawrence’s India Harvey filmed and edited the following race-highlights videos. Check them out below, and for results, click here.

Friday’s 15/20 k freestyle mass starts:

Saturday’s classic team sprints:

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Dartmouth Carnival Highlight Videos (+Carnie Crush Edition)

Dartmouth College hosted the fourth weekend of Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) races this past Friday and Saturday, Feb. 10-11, in Craftsbury, Vt. Freestyle 3 x 5 k relays were held on Friday, and 5/10-kilometer classic races took place on Saturday. St. Lawrence’s India Harvey filmed and edited the following race-highlights videos (and a bonus Carnie Crush edition). Check them out below, and for results, click here.

Friday’s 3 x 5 k relays:

Saturday’s 5/10 k classic:

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Northern Michigan Sweep Men’s and Women’s Podiums in Rhinelander

(Press release)

Rhinelander, WI – Teams of CCSA took part in 5 and 10 kilometer classic races held on COVAC ski trails. Originally, this weekend was supposed to be dedicated to relays but due to previous changes, the University of Wisconsin Green Bay had to accommodate changes as host of this race.

Adam Martin, representing Northern Michigan, clocked in at 26:33.28 and set the fastest time for the men’s 10 k. Martin’s teammate Fredrik Schwencke, who similarly to Martin, decided to only double pole, took second and Lars Sonsterud rounded up the podium occupied by the Wildcats. Tom Bye and Tomi Mikkonen were the top men of Michigan Tech, taking fifth and sixth respectively. Breaking into the top 10 were also Kyle Marshall (8th) from UWGB and Ryan St. Clair skiing for Scholastica (9th).

Northern Michigan also managed to sweep the podium of the women’s 5 k. Coming in first was Vivian Hett with a time of 15:36.21 followed by Kristen Bourne (2nd) and Nicole Schneider (3rd). By the difference of a split second put Tech’s Lisa Koenig (6th) outside of the top five. The top woman for St. Scholastica was Kelsey Dickinson (8th) and Green Bay’s women were led by Bree Mucha finishing 11th.

Joe Haggenmiller commented on his team performance: “I thought the Huskies competed hard and skied well. Kudos to Lisa Koenig and Anna Kubek for their top 10s. Same goes out to Tom Bye and Tomi Mikkonen.”

Northern won the team competition with a combined 138 points. Michigan Tech took second with 115 points followed by Scholastica with 100 points, Green Bay with 91 and Saint Cloud with 33.

“I just want to say thank you to all the CCSA teams who competed today at this new venue. Green Bay and the Northwoods Nordic Ski Club is excited to debut this new venue and work to perfect the course and accommodations in anticipation of future NCAA events. The course and venue was well received and provided a variety of challenges to the athletes,” said Steven Teclaw, head coach of University of Wisconsin Green Bay.

Results: Men | Women

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CCSA Distance Championships Recap

(Press release)

Bourne captures both days, Schwencke wins day 1 Ketterson takes Day 2

Houghton, MI – The first weekend of February brought Central Collegiate teams to Houghton, Mich., in order to find the CCSA distance champions. The hosting university, Michigan Tech and its grooming crew prepared outstanding trail conditions. Temperatures stayed around 20 degrees with mostly cloudy skies and small snow showers on both days. Men took on an individual start 10 k classic on Saturday and mass start 20 k skate Sunday while the distances for women were 5 and 15 kilometers respectively.

Saturday’s racing kicked off with the men’s 10 k classic. Northern Michigan University (NMU) swept the podium placing Fredrik Schwencke in first with a time of 28:22.0 a 40 second lead on second place Zak Ketterson and third place Sam Elfstrom. Finishing just outside the podium was Tech’s Tom Bye with Scholastica’s Reitler Hodgert following in fifth, trailing only 1.1 second behind Bye. The top finishers from University of Wisconsin Green Bay and College of St. Olaf were Kyle Marshall (12th) and Mitchel Miller (24th) respectively.

The fastest time for the women’s 5 k classic, 17:03.0, was set by Kristen Bourne from NMU, outskiing her teammate Nicole Schneider (2nd) by only 0.5 seconds and Vivian Hett (3rd) by 14.7.

“It was great to see Kristen making the jump back to the top of the podium,” NMU Head Coach Sten Fjeldheim said. “Kristen came down with mono the very first week of the semester this fall so she had to take many weeks off and then we laid out a plan to come back slowly, this took some discipline and patients on her part and the road back from mono isn’t easy to do but she stuck with our plan and it worked.”

Also to squeeze into top 10 was MTU’s Carolyn Lucca (8th) and Sonja Hedblom (9th) as well as Bree Mucha (10th) skiing for Green Bay. Scholastica’s top woman was Alison Ternes (13th), Maria Hauer from St. Cloud finished 16th and leading woman for St. Olaf was Bri Paulsen placing 19th.

“Our women skated well with a couple of top 20 performances from Bri Paulsen and Shelby Arendt.  The men continue to improve,” said St. Olaf Head Coach Kevin Brochman.

Sunday began with the women’s 15 k mass start with Bourne outsprinting Schneider in another tight finish with the time of 47:06.2 for first and 47:06.4 for second. Both of Tech’s athletes Lucca (8th) and Hedblom (9th) placed the same as the previous day and Kelsey Dickinson representing CSS rounded off the top ten in 10th place.  Sadie Peterson (12th) took the top spot for Green Bay’s women, Bri Paulsen (18th) for St. Olaf and Anna Lindell (27th) for St. Cloud.

“Sadie Peterson continues to ski strong and improve week to week during her first year in the CCSA,” noted Green Bay head coach Steven Teclaw.

Ketterson representing the Wildcats took the first collegiate spot for the men’s 20k skate. Ketterson was closely followed by Tech’s Gaspard Cuenot (2nd) and Ketterson’s NMU teammate Schwencke (3rd). Bye, skiing for the Huskies, was just 4.2 seconds short of the podium finish. Marshall (6th) from Green Bay recorded another top 10 performance as well as Hodgert (7th) representing Scholastica. The St. Olaf men were led by Tyler Radtke crossing the finish line in 24th.

“We had a great time racing in Houghton, trail conditions were outstanding and the race crew is the best,” Maria Stuber, head coach of Saint Scholastica, said. “The CSS team had some performances that we are really proud of and we are feeling better each week and looking forward to a new course in Rhinelander next weekend.”

In the women’s team point standings, Northern Michigan captured 138 points, Michigan Tech 114, Saint Scholastica 97, Green Bay 91, St. Olaf 64 and St. Cloud 54.

On the men’s side, NMU finished with 135 points, MTU scored 119, CSS 100, UWGB 90 and St. Olaf captured 66 points.

Joe Haggenmiller commented on Michigan Tech’s performance: “Tom Bye was pretty strong this weekend. Overall, I thought we competed pretty well.  NMU beat us pretty handily, you have to give them credit. We will take another shot at things next weekend.”

Results

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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

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CCSA Duluth Hilltop Invite Recap

Nicole Schneider (NMU) racing to the win in the women's 5 k freestyle on Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Duluth Hilltop Invite in Duluth, Minn. (Photo: Jackie Schneider)

Nicole Schneider (NMU) racing to the win in the women’s 5 k freestyle on Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Duluth Hilltop Invite in Duluth, Minn. (Photo: Jackie Schneider)

(Press release)

The weekend of Jan. 28-29 brought the teams of the CCSA to Duluth, Minn., for the Duluth Hilltop Invite hosted by the College of Saint Scholastica. Saturday’s race, 5 k and 10 k individual freestyle for women and men respectively, went as planned but the Sunday classic distance was changed to freestyle, due to the insufficient amount of snow. This change left only the first day as a CCSA/NCAA qualifier point race causing some teams to leave after the first race.

Starting the day off with the women’s 5 k, Nicole Schneider from Northern Michigan captured another freestyle victory with a time of 13:19 followed by her teammates Vivian Hett (2nd) and Sophie Schimpl (3rd). “I thought it was a good day of racing for our team. All of our athletes were out there giving it all they had on a fast icy course.” added NMU assistant coach Shane MacDowell.

Michigan Tech women were led by Carolyn Lucca finishing 11th, a few seconds ahead of her teammate Sonja Hedblom (14th). The fastest woman from the College of Saint Scholastica was Kelsey Dickinson (12th) followed by Green Bay’s Bree Mucha (13th) only three seconds behind. The top finisher from St. Olaf College was Bri Olsen (32nd).

Gaspard Cuenot (Michigan Tech) racing to the 10 k freestyle victory on Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Duluth Hilltop Invite in Duluth, Minn. (Photo: Jackie Schneider)

Gaspard Cuenot (Michigan Tech) racing to the 10 k freestyle victory on Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Duluth Hilltop Invite in Duluth, Minn. (Photo: Jackie Schneider)

Michigan Tech’s Gaspard Cuenot clocked in at 24:24 during the men’s 10 k freestyle which secured him a first spot on the podium. His performance, along with his teammates Tom Bye (4th) and Tomi Mikkonen (9th), helped MTU to score the most points among the men’s teams.

Second place went to Reitler Hodgert representing Saint Scholastica and coming in third was Lars Sonsterud from NMU. University of Wisconsin Green Bay was represented by Kyle Marshal coming in 12th and Tyler Radke from St. Olaf finished 38th.

Even with the Northern and Tech men’s teams leaving the night before, there was not a lack of competition on Sunday. Kyle Marshal from UWGB placed 2nd with a time of 24:54 in the men’s race, and he was the top CCSA skier that day. Chasing down Marshal were Jack Christianson (4th), Samuel Boardman (10th) and Gerrit Garberich (14th), all skiing for the College of St. Scholastica.  Tyler Radke from St. Olaf moved up to 21st from the previous day.

On the women’s side, the fastest CSSA skier was MTU’s Carolyn Lucca who took 3rd place with her time of 28 minutes flat. The closest collegiate skier to Luca was Sadie Paterson (7th) skiing for UWGB. In the field of St. Scholastica’s women, Nicole Gilman was their top finisher coming in 17th.

Results: Saturday | Sunday

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UNH Carnival Highlight Videos

The University of New Hampshire (UNH) hosted the second weekend of Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) races on Friday, Jan. 27 and Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Jackson Touring Center in Jackson, N.H. Day 1 was the 5/10-kilometer classic; Day 2 the 15/20 k freestyle mass starts. St. Lawrence’s India Harvey captured the races on camera and produced the following highlights videos. Check them out below, and for results, click here.

Friday’s 5/10 k classic:

Saturday’s 15/20 k freestyle mass starts:

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St. Lawrence Carnival Highlight Videos

The St. Lawrence Carnival opened the 2017 Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) season last Friday and Saturday, Jan. 20-21 in Lake Placid, N.Y., with classic sprints and 5/10 k freestyle races. St. Lawrence’s India Harvey captured the races on camera and produced the following highlights videos. Check them out below, and for results, click here.

Friday’s classic sprints:

Saturday’s 5/10 k freestyle:

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CCSA Distance Weekend at Birkie Trailhead

(CCSA press release)

This weekend of racing at the Birkie Trailhead near Cable, Wis., brought yet another challenging competition upon the skiers as well as coaches from CCSA and Midwest high schools.

Day 1 started with the men’s classic 10 k individual start. With temperatures around 36 degrees and raining, the course quickly deteriorated despite the best efforts of the organizers.

Adam Martin, representing Northern Michigan University, dominated the field with a winning time of 30:24.5 and a comfortable margin of 28 seconds on his teammate, Fredrik Schwencke, placing second. Another Wildcat placing within the top five was freshman, Zak Katterson (4th). The Saint Scholastica and Michigan Tech men were led by Ryan St. Clair (9th) and Gaspard Cuenot, rounding out the top ten respectively.

“I have to give credit to Gaspard for battling hard after making a poor choice to double pole.” said Michigan Tech’s coach Joe Haggenmiller.

The women’s 5 k was taken over by NMU placing eight skiers into the top ten. The fastest collegiate skier was NMU’s Vivian Hett (2nd) with the time 17:58.0 ahead of her teammates Nicole Schneider (3rd) and Sophie Schimpl (4th). The top MTU woman was Sonja Hedblom taking 12th place.

With all the NMU women and majority of men placing in the top 10, Sten Fjeldheim said: “I am very happy with the performance of our team. We took our focus away from making the teams for Junior and U23 World Championships which certainly reflected on our results.”

Day 2 kicked off with the men’s 20k freestyle mass start. MTU’s Gaspard Cuenot topped the field in an exciting final sprint against NMU’s Martin (2nd) and Schwencke (3rd). His winning time was 58:39.4. Ketterson (4th) and Leo Hipp (7th) were two other Wildcats finishing in the top along with Kyle Marshall (8th) from University of Wisconsin Green Bay and David Jaszczak (9th) from Michigan Tech.

The Wildcats were led by Nicole Schneider who completed the course in 49:26.1 followed by Schimpl (3rd) and Caroline Brisbois (4th). Just outside the top 10 was Elizabeth Evans (11th) from Saint Scholastica, Bree Mucha (13th) representing UWGB, and Carolyn Lucca (14th) from Michigan Tech.

“There were some highs and some lows and are hungry for improvement across the board.  I was impressed by our teams tenacity in the physical & technical challenges of skiing in warm rainy weather. We are really excited to bring the CCSA to Duluth next weekend!” said Scholastica’s head coach Maria Stuber.

Results: 

Day 1: Men’s 10 k classic | Women’s 5 k classic

Day 2: Men’s 20 k freestyle mass start | Women’s 15 k freestyle mass start

Movement to #savealaskaskiing Heats Up; Public Testimony Taken Monday

Last week, University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen announced his intention to target skiing for elimination at both the University of Alaska Anchorage and the University of Alaska Fairbanks in a pending waiver request submitted to the NCAA. This week, the Alaskan ski community is mobilizing to protest the proposal.

In an email widely circulated to “friends and members of our ski community,” supporters of the state’s ski programs advocated three ways to “take action now”:

  1. Write a concise email to the Board of Regents: ua-bor@alaska.edu.

  2. Sign the online petition “savealaskaskiing” here.

  3. Provide public testimony by calling 1-866-726-0757 on Monday October 31 4pm – 6pm (AK time). More info here.

The petition was begun by Fairbanks resident Brandy Harty last week. As of Monday morning Alaska time, it had over 2,100 signatures.

Regarding public testimony, the chair of the University of Alaska Board of Regents wrote in an editorial in Sunday’s Alaska Dispatch News that “The expansion of public testimony and community engagement through audio testimony brings more Alaskans into these important conversations. You help us shape and guide education in Alaska and improve the University of Alaska’s service to our state. … I look forward to hearing from you.”

The public testimony window runs from 4-6 p.m. Alaska time this afternoon. Alaska is four hours behind the East Coast. Written comments may be submitted by email at any time to ua-bor@alaska.edu.

In a separate email to FasterSkier, UAF Head Nordic Coach Nick Crawford provided contact information for the NCAA Division II Membership Committee that will be considering Johnsen’s waiver request, and encouraged supporters to write to the committee directly.

The committee chair is Kevin Schriver, Dean of the College of Education and Social Sciences at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Miss. Schriver’s email is kschriver [at] SBUniv.edu.

In a phone interview with FasterSkier Monday morning, Schriver was asked about the merits of Johnsen’s waiver proposal. “I’m not at liberty to [comment on] that just yet,” Schriver said. “I know the committee is meeting next week.”

Schriver appeared to suggest that the committee’s consideration of this proposal was less than a done deal, stating that the committee “will see if that will be a part of our agenda.” He said that the next scheduled committee meeting is Tuesday and Wednesday of next week, Nov. 8-9.

Emails for other members of the membership committee are: csnyder [at] setonhill.edu, stavaj [at] spu.edu, jeisen [at] umo.edu, gmac.commissioner [at] gmail.com, commissionerhogue [at] thepacwest.com, rthomas [at] umary.edu, margaret.poitevint [at] ung.edu, bhannum [at] hpu.edu, leslie.schuemann [at] heartlandsports.org, and ncullen [at] pittstate.edu.