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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

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