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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!



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