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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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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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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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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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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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Bates College Coach Flynn’s Words Live On After Passing at Age 83

Left to right: Lucas Milliken, Gretchen Sellegren, Corky Harrer, Coach Flynn (holding the Chummy Cup) Catherine Tuttle, Lauren Zdechlik Danny Kuzio, and Britta Clark after winning the Chummy Cup during the 2013 Colby Carnival  (Photo: Steve Fuller/Bates News)

Left to right: Lucas Milliken, Gretchen Sellegren, Corky Harrer, Coach Bob Flynn (holding the Chummy Cup) Catherine Tuttle, Lauren Zdechlik Danny Kuzio, and Britta Clark after winning the Chummy Cup during the 2013 Colby Carnival (Photo: Steve Fuller/Bates News)

Four years ago, the Bates nordic ski team filed into room 106 of the Bethel Inn Resort in Bethel, Maine. Most are clad in the grey and maroon Bates sweat-suitos, wanting to be as comfy as possible for the team meeting about to happen. A few sprawl on the double beds, some lounge in the floral patterned chairs.

The Bates nordic ski program’s head coach, Becky Woods, starts the meeting off with a few words about race goals and course logistics for that weekend’s college ski carnival. Next the team captains share a few thoughts, offering advice about where to make up time and where it is potentially lost.

Finally, there’s a pause in conversation, usually an indicator of the meeting’s conclusion, but no one gets up to leave. All heads turn to one corner of the room and anticipation fills the air. Before anyone can call out the question: “Coach?”, Robert “Bob” Flynn, Wood’s father and co-coach, nods his head.

Though what he is about to say is known by all in the room, the words still sting with the fierceness of Maine’s mid-winter air. He begins to speak and many cannot help but mouth the words along with him.

“Good, better, best. Never ever rest. ‘Til the good is better and the better is best,” Flynn said, nodding his head once more and the meeting adjourns.

Coach Flynn of the Bates Nordic Ski  Team. (Photo: Steve Fuller/Bates News)

Coach Flynn of the Bates Nordic Ski Team. (Photo: Steve Fuller/Bates News)

A little over four years later, with the passing of Flynn on July 31 at the age of 83, these words survive with many of the athletes he coached.

A three-sport head coach — along with nordic skiing, he coached the football and baseball teams — at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, Flynn connected with his athletes because was also an athlete himself.

While growing up in Lewiston Maine, he competed in football, ice hockey, baseball, and skiing through his high school years. He played minor league baseball with the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1952 to 1957 before earning his bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine.

As a member of the Auburn-Lewiston Sports Hall of Fame, the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame, and the Maine Ski Hall of Fame, Flynn is often credited with resurrecting the Bates Nordic Ski Program.

In 1968, he took over the program and began re-building the college’s varsity ski team. He pushed for NCAA Ski Championships to be hosted by Bates in Maine and after eight years of advocating, he succeeded.

“He was always persistent,” Dave Irons, a ski reporter and director of the Maine Ski Hall of Fame, said according to a press release. “There aren’t many college ski coaches who would even think about hosting the NCAAs.”

Flynn also served as the president for the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association and chair of the NCAA Skiing Rules Committee. In 2015, the Bates alpine and nordic ski rooms were dedicated to Coach Flynn. During the christening ceremony, Bates Director of Athletics Kevin McHugh referred to Flynn as “the force, the spirit, and the iconic Bobcat zen,” of Bobcat athletics, a press release stated.

The ‘iconic Bobcat zen’ Flynn demonstrated stemmed largely from the potential he saw in all the athletes he coached. Steve Fuller, a Bates nordic alum and current Trustee for the college, pointed out that what Flynn did most for those he worked with was show “unwavering confidence in us as athletes and as human beings.”

— Gabby Naranja

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Osgood New Head Men’s Coach at Dartmouth

On Wednesday, Dartmouth College announced it hired Brayton Osgood, a 2003 Dartmouth grad, head coach of its men's nordic ski team for the 2016/2017 season. (Photo: DartmouthSports.com)

On Wednesday, Dartmouth College announced it hired Brayton Osgood, a 2003 Dartmouth grad, head coach of its men’s nordic ski team for the 2016/2017 season. (Photo: DartmouthSports.com)

(Press release)

HANOVER, N.H. – Director of Athletics and Recreation Harry Sheehy announced on Wednesday that Dartmouth graduate and former assistant Brayton Osgood has been named head coach of the men’s Nordic ski team.

Osgood graduated cum laude from Dartmouth in 2003 with a degree in mathematics. While in Hanover, he was a four-year member of the ski team (1999-03), was captain of the cross country ski team as a senior and was twice named an NCAA All-American.

“I’m so excited to return to Dartmouth and to continue the ski team’s long history of excellence,” Osgood said. “It’s a great privilege to be the next head coach of men’s Nordic, and for me, it’s a dream come true. I’m looking forward to working with the other ski team coaches to keep developing outstanding student-athletes, and achieving success on the trails.”

After graduation, Osgood became a professional cross country ski racer (2003-11), competing in the Under-23 World Championship (2004) and World Cup (2009). He was also a U.S. Ski Team European Continental Cup Trip team member (2007-10). During his time as a professional, he had six top-10 finishes at U.S. National Championships, three victories on the U.S. SuperTour and one podium finish.

From there, he returned to Dartmouth as the Nordic assistant, a position he held from September of 2011 until April of 2012. While serving as assistant, he facilitated development and coordinated in-season training sessions.

“We are thrilled to have Brayton join our skiing coaching staff,” Sheehy said. “As a Dartmouth graduate and NCAA All-American, he truly understands what it takes to achieve success at the highest level. We have no doubt that his passion for Dartmouth Skiing combined with his technical knowledge of the sport will help Dartmouth continue as the premier college in the country for competing nationally in skiing, while receiving a first-class education.”

In his years since leaving Hanover, Osgood mostly stayed in the New England area, working as a Race Data manager with the New England Nordic Ski Association (2012-16) in Maine, a coach and head wax technician for the New England Junior National Ski Team (2015 and 2016) and as software engineer with AMP Sports (2008-13, 2014-2016). He also worked as a World Cup Wax Technician with the U.S. Ski Team (2015) in Europe.

Osgood graduated from Northeastern with a masters in accounting and business administration in 2013.

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Patterson Resigns After 27 Seasons at Dartmouth

Dartmouth men's coach Ruff Patterson has announced his retirement after 27 seasons with the team. (Photo: DartmouthSports.com)

Dartmouth men’s coach Ruff Patterson has announced his retirement after 27 seasons with the team. (Photo: DartmouthSports.com)

(Press release)

HANOVER, N.H. — After 27 seasons as Dartmouth’s head coach of the men’s Nordic ski team, Ruff Patterson has stepped down from his post. A vaunted member of the skiing community, Patterson enjoyed a plethora of accomplishments and awards during his tenure in Hanover.

Four times Patterson was chosen as the Eastern Intercollegiate Men’s Nordic Coach of the Year, plus was selected as the Ski New Hampshire Al Merrill Award winner for his outstanding contributions to cross country skiing in New Hampshire. He was hired at Dartmouth in 1989 to serve as the coach of the men’s Nordic team as well as the Director of Skiing, replacing the legendary John Morton. After 16 years, he turned over the director duties to a colleague and continued coaching for 11 more seasons.

During his tenure, Patterson coached 14 skiers who earned All-America honors a total of 31 times (21 of those awards coming in the last 11 years), with three individual champions in the freestyle — Glenn Randall in 2008, Sam Tarling in 2011 and Patrick Caldwell in 2015. With his fellow Big Green coaches, he helped guide Dartmouth to 13 top-five team finishes at the NCAA Championship, including a national title in 2007 as Ben True (twice) and Mike Sinnott earned All-America honors that year for the men’s Nordic squad.

Patterson had quite the distinguished career even prior to his tenure at Dartmouth, having coached for 10 years with the U.S. Ski Team (USST), most notably the women cross country skiers at the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid in 1980, Sarajevo in 1984 and Calgary in 1988. He also coached numerous World Cup and World Championship teams for the USST. In addition Patterson spent time with the U.S. Ski Coaches Association as an assistant coach, an international coach and Nordic coordinator, as well as acting cross country program coordinator.

A 1976 graduate of the University of Colorado with a bachelor’s degree distributed in molecular biology, chemistry and psychology, Patterson skied with the Buffalo team that won the NCAA Championship every year of his undergraduate career (1973-76), coincidentally sharing the title with Dartmouth as a senior.

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Big Weekend for Hegman, UVM at Final EISA Carnival in Middlebury

UVM's Iris Pessey (l) celebrating her win in the women's 15 k classic mass start at the Middlebury Carnival last Sunday in Ripton, Vt. (Photo: Silke Hynes)

UVM’s Iris Pessey (l) celebrating her win in the women’s 15 k classic mass start, ahead of teammate Mary-Kate Cirelli (r), on Sunday, Feb. 28, at the Middlebury Carnival in Ripton, Vt. (Photo: Silke Hynes)

By Silke Hynes

The EISA Carnival season came to a close this weekend with the Middlebury College Carnival in Ripton, Vt. Despite heavy rain late in the week, the Rikert Nordic Center managed to pull together a full 5-kilometer loop. Races were delayed from Friday to Saturday to give organizers time to repair rain damage to the race loop. A perennial challenge, the course winds its way up and down, containing two A-level climbs and challenging technical downhills. Conditions for the weekend created additional difficulty. As temperatures dropped, standing water froze creating a course dotted with ice patches. Despite the best efforts of organizers, some parts of the course remained icy.

Jørgen Grav of the University of Vermont racing to the win in the 10 k freestyle last Saturday at the Middlebury Carnival in Ripton, Vt. (Photo: Silke Hynes)

Jørgen Grav of the University of Vermont racing to the win in the 10 k freestyle last Saturday at the Middlebury Carnival in Ripton, Vt. (Photo: Silke Hynes)

Saturday dawned clear and cold leading to hard, fast tracks for the first day of racing. The men’s 10 k skate was underway first, and the day belonged to the men of the University of Vermont (UVM). Jørgen Grav led a three-man sweep for the Catamounts. He was followed by teammate Jack Hegman less than 5 seconds back, while Cole Morgan completed the UVM sweep. They were followed by a Dartmouth charge with Fabian Stocek and Callan Deline taking fourth and fifth, respectively.

In the women’s 5 k skate, Annie Pokorny of Middlebury was the only one who could stop UVM from repeating the sweep on the women’s side. She took first, ahead of skate leader Alayna Sonnesyn of UVM, who took second. Sonnesyn was the first of a four-woman sweep for UVM, leading teammates Iris Pessey, Mary-Kate Cirelli and Stephanie Kirk on their way to third, fourth, and fifth respectively.

Sunday started out considerably warmer than the day before, with temperatures rising over freezing heading into the men’s 20 k classic mass start. The days races were held on a slightly modified course, with racers cutting off an A-climb on their first lap, presumably to avoid sending tightly packed skiers down the technical, icy descent that followed.

Eli Hoenig (Williams College) leading the men's 20 k classic mass start at the Middlebury Carnival last weekend at the Rikert Nordic Center in Ripton, Vt. (Photo: Silke Hynes)

Eli Hoenig (Williams College) leading the men’s 20 k classic mass start at the Middlebury Carnival last weekend at the Rikert Nordic Center in Ripton, Vt. (Photo: Silke Hynes)

Once again the men were off first, with a lead pack setting a fast early pace. Midway through Eli Hoenig of Williams took control, leading for the latter half of the race before being outpaced to the line by Hegman. Hoenig took second, just 0.3 of a second back of Hegman’s winning time. Grav cruised into third, followed by Stocek in fourth. Morgan rounded out the top five for the Catamounts.

In the women’s 15 k classic mass start there was no stopping the UVM women. Pessey charged to her third podium of the season, narrowly out pacing teammate Cirelli, who finished second. They were followed by teammates Sonnesyn and Kirk in third and fourth to complete a four-woman sweep. Corey Stock of Dartmouth was the lone non-UVM skier to sneak into the top five, with her fifth-place finish.

After strong performances across the board, it was no surprise that the big winners of the weekend were the University of Vermont Catamounts. They took home both the Middlebury carnival win, as well as both men’s and women’s conference titles with a combined score of 989 points. Dartmouth College finished second with 826 points, followed by the University of New Hampshire in third with 749 points.

With the EISA Nordic season complete it was time to hand out the final individual accolades as well. Hegman took home both the men’s overall classic and overall skate leader bibs, while teammate Sonnesyn took home the women’s overall skate leader bib. Kelsey Phinney of Middlebury took home the women’s overall classic leader bib despite not racing the past two carnival weekends. Female Rookie of the Year went to Pessey, while Male Rookie of the Year went to Deline.

While EISA racing action is finished for the season, the top Eastern collegiate skiers will head west to Steamboat Springs, Colo., for the NCAA Championships March 9-12.

Results

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UVM Dominates as EISA Tries a New, Winner-Takes-All Two-Day Pursuit Format

Mary Kate Cirelli of UVM leads teammate Stephanie Kirk in the 10 k skate at Williams Carnival on Friday. Cirelli finished second and Kirk ninth. (Photo: Silke Hynes)

Mary Kate Cirelli of UVM leads teammate Stephanie Kirk in the 10 k skate at Williams Carnival on Friday. Cirelli finished second and Kirk ninth. (Photo: Silke Hynes)

EISA nordic racing resumed this past weekend with the Williams College Carnival in Lake Placid, NY. Traditionally held at Prospect Mountain, the carnival was forced to change venues due to lack of snow, a familiar situation this season. Thankfully, the Olympic Regional Development Authority welcomed the college circuit with open arms, putting together a solid 2.5-kilometer manmade race loop at their Olympic Ski Jump Complex.

The course, which was used previously this season for SuperTour racing in late January, wound its way around and up the back side of the ski jump landing hill before descending quickly into the stadium below. Warm weather throughout the weekend created conditions that alternated between soft sugary snow and sheer ice, making for technical skiing all around.

Jack Hegman en route to the win for UVM on day 1. (Photo: Silke Hynes)

Jack Hegman en route to the win for UVM on day 1. (Photo: Silke Hynes)

The race format for the weekend was somewhat unusual for a college carnival with both genders beginning the weekend with a 10 k skate, before following the next day with a 5 k classic. While there were NCAA points to be had on Friday, all carnival points were allocated based on the final finish order after the Saturday pursuit.

The University of Vermont got off to a flying start, landing three in the top four on the first day of racing. Alayna Sonnesyn took first in the women’s race in 27:45.1, meaning she would start the next day with an 18.5 second advantage over teammate Mary-Kate Cirelli. Annie Porkorny of Middlebury also set herself up well for Saturday’s pursuit, landing third just 1.2 seconds behind Cirelli. Iris Pessey took fourth place for the Catamounts, while Lydia Blanchet was the top Dartmouth woman in fifth place.

It was a similar story on the men’s side with UVM once again putting three in the top four. Jack Hegman led the field in 23:44.8, giving himself a 16.5 second advantage over teammate Jørgen Grav. Fabian Stocek of Dartmouth was another 10.9 seconds back in third place. Cole Morgan rounded out UVM’s top three in fourth place, while Callan Deline rounded out the top five for Dartmouth.

Joergen Grav of UVM locked up second place on both Friday and Saturday. (Photo: Silke Hynes)

Joergen Grav of UVM locked up second place on both Friday and Saturday. (Photo: Silke Hynes)

Despite rising temperatures, klister, and the threat of rain hovering overhead, Saturday promised to be a day of exciting racing. The top ten women from the day before were poised to start within 55 seconds, making for a potentially tight two lap pursuit race. It was Pokorny who rose to the occasion, putting in the fastest time of the day in 16:00.0, and racing to the top of the podium. Sonnesyn managed to hold onto second place, despite losing 30 seconds to Pokorny over the course of five kilometers. Cirelli secured a second podium spot for the Catamounts with the fifth fastest time of the day. Putting in the second fastest time of the day it was Katrin Larusson of the University of New Hampshire, who raced her way from eighth to fourth, staying just ahead of Blanchet who held onto fifth place.

In the men’s race, the start was considerably more spaced out, with only 7 men underway in the first minute. Once again it was Hegman who took the top spot with the second fastest time on the day, opening up his lead on teammate Grav to 27.3 seconds. Stocek put in the fastest time of the day, narrowly missing out on second place, just half a second behind Grav. Morgan held onto his fourth place position with the tenth fastest time of the day. The big change in the top five came from Eli Hoenig of Williams College who raced from eleventh to fifth at his home carnival with the fourth fastest time of the day.

With strong performances across the board, the weekend belonged to UVM who took home the win with 992 points ahead of Dartmouth with 919 points. UNH took home third with 720 points.

The Williams College Carnival concluded the EISA regular season. College racing with be back in action next weekend as the post season begins with the EISA Championships/NCAA Regionals at the Middlebury College Carnival. The Middlebury Carnival is set to go off on Friday at Rikert Nordic Center, which will make it only the second carnival this season to be hosted at its planned venue.

-Silke Hynes

Results 

Friday men / women

Saturday men / women

Annie Pokorny of Middlebury College moved her way up from third on day 1 to take the win on day 2. (Photo: Silke Hynes)

Annie Pokorny of Middlebury College moved her way up from third on day 1 to take the win on day 2. (Photo: Silke Hynes)

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UVM Regains Upper Hand at Dartmouth Carnival; Individual Wins for Hegman, Phinney

The men's field leaving the start in the 20 k classic at Dartmouth Carnival in Craftsbury, Vermont. (Photo: Silke Hynes)

The men’s field leaving the start in the 20 k classic at Dartmouth Carnival in Craftsbury, Vermont. (Photo: Silke Hynes)

Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association racing resumed this weekend with the 106th Dartmouth Winter Carnival at Craftsbury Outdoor Center. The SuperTour left the East after two combined SuperTour/carnival weekends, but things felt familiar anyway: the returned to Craftsbury for a second straight weekend after yet another venue change forced by poor snow conditions. So far the Eastern Collegiate season has been four carnivals contested at just two venues, with three of those carnivals being moved from their original sites.

Craftsbury welcomed back the teams for the unique one-day carnival. With just one distance race per gender, the pressure was on for teams to put in good performances. The men’s 20 k and women’s 20 k classic mass starts were contested on a slightly different course than last weekend’s UVM Carnival. The hardworking Craftsbury crew were able to expand the race loop to 3.2 km, adding a challenging hill and more technical skiing. Once again repetition, this time 5-6 laps, aided in making for a challenging race.

Eli Hoenig of Williams College leading the men's 20 k before being eventually caught and passed by Jack Hegman of UVM. (Photo: Silke Hynes)

Eli Hoenig of Williams College leading the men’s 20 k before being eventually caught and passed by Jack Hegman of UVM. (Photo: Silke Hynes)

On top of poor snow fall, the race organizers were challenged by freezing temperatures that threatened to drop below the legal race cutoff of -4 degrees Fahrenheit. Faced with potentially plummeting temperatures, organizers chose to move the races earlier in the day to get ahead of the incoming cold front.

At 9:30 am, the men were underway, many sporting colorful tape on their faces to protect from wind chills projected to hit more than 25 degrees below zero. Through the tough conditions it was Jack Hegman of the University of Vermont who prevailed, after spending much of the race chasing Eli Hoenig of Williams College. Despite an early lead Hoenig was unable to fend off a late charge by Hegman, and took home second place for the Ephs after crossing the line 6.4 seconds back. Fabian Stocek snagged the final spot on the podium (+12.3 seconds) for “home team” Dartmouth, while Peter Holmes of the University of New Hampshire (+16.7) and Jørgen Grav of UVM (+19.1) rounded out the top five. With Cole Morgan crossing the line in seventh (+39.2), UVM took the team win in the men’s race.

On the women’s side it was a tight race for the podium spots between defending classic leader Kelsey Phinney of Middlebury, Olivia Amber of Colby, and Mary-Kate Cirelli of UVM. Phinney came out on top in 44:59.0, while Amber and Cirelli finished four and eight seconds back respectively. The women’s top five was filled out by Katrin Larusson of UNH (+19) and Mary O’Connell of Dartmouth (+20). Despite no skiers on the podium, the Dartmouth women claimed the team score with Corey Stock in sixth (+32) and Emily Hyde in ninth (+1:14) rounding out the scoring.

Overall UVM took home the win on the weekend scoring 888 points, ahead of second place Dartmouth College who scored 858 points. Third went to UNH with 826 points. UVM had won the opening carnival of the season before Dartmouth took two in row; the tally is now even.

EISA nordic racing with resume February 19th with the Williams College Carnival. Due to lack of snow the Williams Carnival will be contested at the Lake Placid Ski Jumps, and will be the fourth Carnival this season to be moved from its original venue due to snow issues.

-Silke Hynes.

Results: men / women

Kelsey Phinney of Middlebury (right) and Corey Stock of Dartmouth (left) leading the pack in the women's 20 k classic. (Photo: Silke Hynes)

Kelsey Phinney of Middlebury (right) and Corey Stock of Dartmouth (left) leading the pack in the women’s 20 k classic. (Photo: Silke Hynes)

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Blanchet, Caldwell, Grav & Sonnesyn Take Individual Wins at UVM Carnival

Lydia Blanchet of Dartmouth College on her way to her first collegiate win, in the 5 k skate at the UVM Carnival (held at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center). Blanchet's Dartmouth team won the weekend. (Photo: Silke Hynes)

Lydia Blanchet of Dartmouth College on her way to her first collegiate win, in the 5 k skate at the UVM Carnival (held at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center). Blanchet’s Dartmouth team won the weekend. (Photo: Silke Hynes)

After a weekend off, the EISA circuit resumed this weekend with the University of Vermont Carnival. The races, which coincided with the SuperTour and Eastern Cup circuits, were forced to move from the Trapp Family lodge to Craftsbury Outdoor Center due to unseasonably warm weather. With little notice the Craftsbury crew were able to pull together a 2.4 kilometer loop. While not as challenging as the standard Craftsbury track, the course served up multiple hills including a small wall into the stadium.

Saturday’s racing began with the women’s 5 kilometer skate. After a week of high temperatures which melted snow, it dropped below 32 degrees leading to fast tracks for the opening race. Charging to her first carnival win it was Lydia Blanchet of Dartmouth in 11:54.2. That was good for sixth in the SuperTour field, placing her 18 seconds behind Annie Hart of SMST2. She was followed by the current skate leader Kelsey Phinney of Middlebury (+3.5) and Corey Stock of Dartmouth in 12:03.6. Annie Pokorny, formerly of SMST2 and now returned to the Middlebury roster, was 0.7 seconds out in fourth.

In the 10 k men’s race, the top of the results sheet was dominated by Dartmouth and the University of Vermont. Patrick Caldwell of Dartmouth, who had previously committed to skiing for the SMST2 team after two years at Dartmouth, was back and took not only the carnival win but the SuperTour win as well, crossing the line in 20:42.9. That put him a full 50 seconds ahead of second-place Jørgen Grav of UVM. Edging onto the podium 1:16.7 back was Oscar Friedman of Dartmouth, who came in just 0.4 seconds ahead of teammate Fabian Stocek giving the Big Green a decisive team win.

The second day of racing dawned significantly warmer than the first, with klister as the kick of choice. Given their options a small number of skiers chose to double-pole the single large hill and race on skate skis.

In the women’s 10 k classic it was Alayna Sonnesyn of UVM that topped the podium in 28:02.5, outpacing Middlebury’s Pokorny by just 0.5 seconds. That put the seventh and eighth in the SuperTour field in a race won by Erika Flowers of SMST2. Blanchet of Dartmouth made her second podium of the weekend, finishing third, +6.3.

In the men’s race – shortened from 15 k to 10 k due to the limited snow – UVM justified their choice of skate skis claiming the top two spots on the podium. Cole Morgan finished first in23:37.4, just 4.1 seconds ahead of teammate Grav. Meanwhile, Stocek of Dartmouth continued his strong season with a third place finish (+12.6).

Overall it was once again the Big Green of Dartmouth College that took the win, finishing 60 points up on rivals University of Vermont. College racing will resume next Saturday with the 106th Dartmouth Winter Carnival. In light of recent weather the Dartmouth Carnival will also be contested at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center and, in a first, will lack the traditional snow sculpture in the middle of the college quad.

-Silke Hynes.

Results:

Saturday women opencollegiate / men opencollegiate

Sunday women opencollegiate / men opencollegiate

 

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UVM Wins Men’s Races at Quarry Road, But Dartmouth Tops in Colby Carnival

Kelsey Phinney of Middlebury leads Mary Kate Cirelli of UVM during the women's 15 k classic; the duo went 1-2. (Photo: Silke Hynes)

Kelsey Phinney of Middlebury leads Mary Kate Cirelli of UVM during the women’s 15 k classic mass start; the duo went 1-2. (Photo: Silke Hynes)

The EISA Carnival Circuit returned to Waterville, Maine this weekend for another round of collegiate racing, this time for the Colby College Carnival. With new snow falling in the past week, the race organizers were able to open the full five kilometer race course, making for a much less dizzying race experience this weekend.

Saturday saw the first distance races of the carnival season and a rare display of equidistance. Both the men and the women raced the same challenging 15 k classic mass start course, with the Quarry Road loop making for a challenging race. With long uphill sections and technical downhills, it offered few opportunities for racers to rest. Meanwhile, alternating sections of natural and manmade snow created a waxing challenge for coaches who tried to find the right kick for varying snow conditions.

Jørgen Grav outsprints his UVM teammate Jack Hegman to the line in the men's 15 k classic mass start. (Photo: Silke Hynes)

Jørgen Grav outsprints his UVM teammate Jack Hegman to the line in the men’s 15 k classic mass start. (Photo: Silke Hynes)

In the men’s race it was the University of Vermont who proved to be up to the challenge. Jørgen Grav and Jack Hegman raced their way to the podium for the second weekend in a row, going 1-2 for the Catamounts. It was an extremely tight race between the two teammates with Grav finishing just eight tenths of a secondahead of Hegman in 41:58.7.

In third was Williams College junior Eli Hoenig, stopping a UVM sweep and made his first college podium. Cole Morgan of UVM placed fourth and Fabian Stocek of Dartmouth fifth.

In the women’s race it was Kelsey Phinney of Middlebury College who came out on top for the second week in a row in 49:46.9. She was followed closely by Mary Kate Cirelli of the University of Vermont in 49:50.7. The women’s podium was rounded out by Lizzie Gill, a freshman from Bozeman, Montana, representing the University of New Hampshire. Olivia Amber of Colby finished fourth and Stephanie Kirk of UVM fifth.

Sunday’s racing saw a format new to the EISA circuit: team sprints, according to the international standard format. Previous team sprints had consisted of teams of three athletes each skiing three legs, but at Quarry Road teams were cut down to two skiers apiece, still each skiing three times. The 1.3 k sprint course paired steep climbs with fast slick downhills, making for fast skiing and even faster crashes. The challenge of the day was not just racing hard but also staying on your feet.

Katie Gill sailing to victory for the University of New Hampshire in the women's team sprint. (Photo: Silke Hynes)

Lizzie Gill sailing to victory for the University of New Hampshire in the women’s team sprint. (Photo: Silke Hynes)

Once again it was Hegman and Grav of UVM who found themselves on top of the men’s podium. The two dueled it out with teammates Ian Moore and Morgan, the latter pair finishing second by just 1.7 seconds. Peter Holmes and Tyler Smith raced into third for UNH, +6.5 seconds, and Dartmouth’s Stocek and Callan Deline off the podium but so close they could almost touch it – only 0.6 seconds behind the UNH duo.

On the women’s side the battle was between the UVM team of Kirk and Cirelli, and the UNH pair of Katrin Larusson and Gill. They battled into the final lap when Gill finally pulled away from Cirelli to take victory for UNH by 6.6 seconds. The Middlebury pairing of Nicolette Amber and Phinney raced into third, +16.2, to fill out the women’s podium.

Despite a spectacular nordic showing for UVM, Dartmouth had the last laugh thanks to their strength on the alpine slopes. After 22 straight carnival wins the University of Vermont was dethroned, with Dartmouth winning by a mere four points. UNH was third, another five points back, in one of the closer three-way battles in recent carnivals. That promises more exciting competition coming up in the rest of the season.

EISA nordic carnival racing will rest next weekend before resuming competition with the UVM Carnival in Stowe, VT on February 6th.

Classic 15 k results: menwomen

Team sprint results: menwomen

-Silke Hynes

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Vermont Wins 22nd-Straight Carnival, But First Wins for Stock, Phinney, & Hegman

Corey Stock of Dartmouth College celebrating her victory in the EISA Bates Carnival sprint on Friday in Waterville, Maine. (Photo: Steve Fuller/Flying Point Road. For more of Steve's photos from the weekend, click over to his website here.)

Corey Stock of Dartmouth College celebrating her victory in the EISA Bates Carnival sprint on Friday in Waterville, Maine. (Photo: Flying Point Road. For more of Steve’s photos from the weekend, click over to the website here; 100% of proceeds from print sales go to the New England Nordic Ski Association.)

(Note: we are looking for contributors to write short reports on this season’s action on each of the collegiate circuits. If you are interested, please contact info@fasterskier.com.)

The Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association racing season got started this weekend, with something of a gradual transition into college racing as the Bates Carnival was held in partial conjunction with Eastern Cup races.

The races were moved from Rumford, Maine, where they originally were scheduled, to the Quarry Road network in Waterville, which will also host next week’s Colby Carnival.

The University of Vermont came away the winner, thanks to the power of both their alpine and cross-country teams; the Catamounts topped the team scores in three of four nordic races.

But while Vermont was a familiar team to top the standings – it was their 22nd-straight carnival win – there were plenty of new faces on the podiu,

Only college athletes competed on Friday, in classic sprints where Dartmouth senior Corey Stock claimed her first collegiate win. Kelsey Phinney of Middlebury was the runner-up, with Mattie Watts of the University of Vermont in third; Olivia Amber of Colby, Hannah Miller of Bowdoin, and Taryn Hunt-Smith of Dartmouth rounded out the final.

For the men it was Vermont’s Jørgen Grav who took the title ahead of teammate Jack Hegman. Vermont packed the final, with Cole Morgan also placing fifth. Alexis Morin of Quebec’s Université Laval was third, with Peter Holmes of the University of New Hampshire fourth and Eli Hoenig of Williams sixth.

Saturday’s races were combined with an Eastern Cup, featuring 5 and 10 kilometer interval-start skate races for women and men, respectively.

Racing got snowy on Sunday. The men's field contested 10 k skate races in combination with Eastern Cup competitions. (Photo: Flying Point Road)

Racing got snowy on Sunday. The men’s field contested 10 k skate races in combination with Eastern Cup competitions. (Photo: Flying Point Road)

In the women’s field Kaitlynn Miller of the Craftsbury Green Racing Project, a newly-crowned senior national champion, took the overall win in 12:06.2.

Runner-up Phinney was the fastest college competitor, 6.8 seconds back. Like Stock, Phinney started out her senior season with the first carnival win of her career. Alayna Sonnesyn (fifth overall +14.5) and Iris Pessey (sixth overall, +21.1) of the University of Vermont rounded out the college podium.

As for the women, the runner-up from the men’s sprint had his day in the sun on Saturday: Hegman took the overall win of both the carnival and the Eastern Cup, covering the 10 k in 22:07.5. College racers swept the overall podium, with Grav in second (+2.4) and Fabian Stocek of Dartmouth in third (+9.7).

While Grav has won a handful of carnivals in the past, it was the first title for his teammate and fellow senior Hegman. For Vermont, both Watts and Pessey also posted their first collegiate podiums; Watts is a sophomore, while Pessey, originally from France, is in her first year with the team.

At the end of the weekend, UVM and Dartmouth were far ahead of the rest of the field, but UVM much farther ahead: they took the carnival win by a score of 951 to 909, with the University of New Hampshire third with 738 points.

Eastern Cup racing continued on Sunday with classic mass starts, but the top college competitors didn’t stick around for the action. They will return to Quarry Road in a week’s time to see if anyone can catch UVM.

Team Scores

Friday results: men’s sprint and heat sheets | women’s sprint and heat sheets

Saturday results: men’s and women’s college-only results

Eastern Cup Results (both Saturday and Sunday)

Longtime University of Vermont assistant Fred Fayette, the subject of a documentary by last season, takes splits on course on Sunday. (Photo: Flying Point Road)

Longtime University of Vermont assistant Fred Fayette, the subject of a documentary by Middlebury skier Stella Holt in 2015, takes splits on course on Sunday. (Photo: Flying Point Road)

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EISA Field Mingles with Nation’s Top Racers at Dartmouth Carnival

By Adam Terko 

Note: This year’s Dartmouth Carnival was combined with both a NENSA Eastern Cup and the Craftsbury SuperTour. This report will focus on the EISA racing on Friday and Saturday, the results of which were pulled and separated from the overall race results in determining collegiate placings and scores. For more information, interviews and video coverage of the entire weekend of events, please see more of Fasterskier’s in-depth coverage:

Friday’s Freestyle SprintsSaturday’s Freestyle Interval StartsSunday’s Classic Mass Starts

CRAFTSBURY, Vt. — Strong racers from across the country convened this weekend in the small rural town of Craftsbury, Vermont for three days of high-level ski racing. A combined EISA Carnival (hosted by Dartmouth), SuperTour and Eastern Cup, this block of racing was surely one of the biggest and most anticipated group of contests in the East this winter. At the forefront of “snow-farming” and snow preservation techniques, and home to some of the most diligent grooming and organizational staffs in the country, one would not expect anything less than ideal conditions and preparation for this race series. The Craftsbury Outdoor Center did not disappoint, and neither did the weather. Large storms have swept across New England in the past few weeks, giving great ski conditions to nearly every ski center around. For the Dartmouth Carnival series of races, only skate skis were needed: EISA racers took on cold, hard snow during freestyle sprints on Friday, and tackled some fresh snow and tough hills during a 10-kilometer individual-start freestyle event on Saturday.

Friday: Freestyle Sprint

With the EISA field mixed in with a Supertour event, a strong and speedy race was needed to nab a top-30 overall finish in the qualifying round and the chance to battle head-to-head in the heats. College results would be parsed-out from the heat results to determine placing for the Carnival field, so pushing hard for placement in each heat was of utmost importance.

The top female EISA qualifier was UNH racer Annika Taylor, who has now shown great strength in both classic and freestyle techniques and in nearly any distance as well. In the heats, however, Taylor was knocked out in the semi-final round and settled for third place in the EISA field. Another prominent collegiate skier this year, Corey Stock of host institution Dartmouth, bested Taylor in the semi-finals to earn 2nd place in the EISA field.

The top EISA racer in the women’s field was the only collegiate skier represented in the A-final. Second in qualifying among collegiate skiers and fifth in qualifying overall, Middlebury’s Heather Mooney powered to a third-place finish in the entire event, earning her the top EISA finish and her fifth collegiate win of the season. The victory by Mooney also helped lead the Middlebury women to the top team score in the event ahead of UNH and Dartmouth.

The overall event was won by Bridger Ski Foundation racer (and former UVM skier and northern VT local) Jennie Bender, with Erika Flowers of the SMS T2 team (formerly of Dartmouth) placing second.

The men’s race saw two UVM skiers advancing to the final, with Jorgen Grav taking fourth and Cole Morgan taking fifth, earning them first and second in the EISA results. Battling through to the semi-finals were Dartmouth’s Fabian Stocek and another Catamount, Tobias Trenkle. The two earned third and fourth place, respectively, in the collegiate race. The 1-2-4 strength of the UVM men gave them the team victory ahead of Dartmouth and UNH.

Kris Freeman (Freebird) was victorious in the overall event, edging APU racers Reese Hanneman and Eric Packer (formerly of Dartmouth) in the final.

Saturday: 10 k Freestyle

Saturday saw both the men and women racing a 10-kilometer freestyle event in the individual-start format. Two laps around the hilly 5-kilometer race loop at Craftsbury would cater to racers with strong fitness and climbing prowess, though temperatures in the single-digits to low teens felt warm and comfortable compared to the previous day’s bitter chill.

After a strong day in the freestyle sprints just 24 hours prior, it was again the Catamounts of UVM who proved their strength in the men’s race. The trio of Rogan Brown, Jorgen Grav and Jack Hegman swept the podium, earning a perfect team score in the EISA event.

Despite failing to qualify for the top-30 in the sprint race, Brown powered to a strong 27-second lead over teammate Grav. Hegman followed 18 seconds back, narrowly edging UNH racer Raleigh Goessling to help Vermont own the podium.

Behind UVM in the team score were UNH and Dartmouth, followed closely by the men of Williams College. All of the top four schools put at least 3 skiers in the top-15, with only Frederic Touchette (Laval, 5th place) and Kyle Curry (SLU, 13th place) representing other institutions in the top-17 spots.

In the overall combined race, Kris Freeman (Freebird) took top honors for the second day in a row. He was followed by Brown in second overall and Lex Treinen of APU in third.

The women’s race saw a repeat of the previous day’s EISA podium, albeit in a slightly different order. The consistently-strong trio of Annika Taylor (UNH), Heather Mooney (Middlebury) and Corey Stock (Dartmouth) bested the rest of their collegiate competitors, in that order. Taylor picked up her second freestyle win of the season in strong fashion, putting over 30 seconds into Mooney over the course of the race.

The big time gap continued to third, as Mooney finished 39 seconds ahead of Stock. The UNH women took home the top team score, followed by Middlebury and Dartmouth.

Mary Rose (Sun Valley) was the overall champion on the day, while Taylor earned a tie with Erika Flowers (SMS T2) for second place. Mooney and Stock also wound up in the top-10 with ninth and 10th place finishes, respectively.

EISA racing continues next week in Ripton, Vermont as Middlebury College hosts events at the Rikert Nordic Center.

Results (Collegiate and Overall)

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Memorial Service for Torin Tucker at Craftsbury Outdoor Center Thursday

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”-Ernest Hemingway

A great lover of Hemingway, Torin Tucker ’15 passed away competing in the Craftsbury Marathon on February 1st, 2014. To honor his incredible journey, we would like to invite you to remember Torin alongside the rest of the Dartmouth Ski Team.

The team will be meeting in the stadium area at Craftsbury Outdoor Center on Thursday February 6th at 4 p.m. We will ski out to the location on the Craftsbury Marathon course where Torin passed away, which will be marked by a Cairn constructed by the Center. There will be a short ceremony where we will read a passage, and observe a moment of silence. At this time, there will be two return options. Erik Fagerstrom ’14 will lead a group along the rest of the marathon course, finishing the 8K that Torin could not. The rest of the group will return to the stadium area via the most direct route. Of course, all are welcome to celebrate and remember Torin in the way they deem most fitting.

We cannot emphasize enough that everyone is welcome. Please be prepared for inclement weather, as well as potential darkness (headlamps recommended). Torin was an incredibly loving, dynamic and inclusive individual. We are confident that he would want anyone and everyone to join in the celebration of his life.

Torin’s life came to an end all too soon. Yet at the end, Torin was doing what he loved alongside people who he loved and in return loved him. Please direct any questions to either Annie Hart ’14 (anne.e.hart@dartmouth.edu) or Erik Fagerstrom (erik.t.fagerstrom@dartmouth.edu).

Torin Tucker

 

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Dartmouth’s Torin Tucker Passes Away During Craftsbury Marathon

Dartmouth junior Torin Tucker passed away while racing the Craftsbury Marathon on Saturday in Craftsbury, Vt. According to a statement released by Dartmouth College late Saturday night: “After the college informed Tucker’s family and expressed its deep sympathy and support, President Philip Hanlon shared the tragic news with the college community in a campus-wide email.”

“The thoughts of Dartmouth athletics are with Torin’s family, friends, and the entire Dartmouth community on this sad day,”  Dartmouth Director of Athletics and Recreation Harry Sheehy said in the statement.

“We urge students, faculty, and staff who would like to speak to a counselor or chaplain, on their own behalf or out of concern for someone else to contact Safety and Security at any hour,” President Hanlon said. “Please do not hesitate to seek help during this time of grief.”

According to the statement, Dartmouth’s ski team has returned to campus and will not compete in the remainder of the Vermont Carnival.

Dartmouth spokesman Rick Bender told the Associated Press that Tucker, of Sun Valley, Idaho, died at the scene after attempts to resuscitate him failed. The cause of his death is still under investigation.

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