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Caldwell and Packer Take Skate Mass Start Races at UNH Winter Carnival

JACKSON, New Hampshire – Action on the second day of the UNH Winter Carnival turned to a freestyle mass start with the women skiing 15km and the men 20km.   Yesterday’s weather brought almost everything to the trails of the Jackson Ski Touring Center; with rain, sleet, hail and snow throughout the sprint racing.  The groomers decided to stay off the trails until early this morning giving the water a chance to drain out of the snow.  The result was sugary snow, which never really got wet as the temperatures rose, but was soft in the woods.  As the racers took to the course small packs broke off the front in both the women’s and men’s races and when all was said and done Dartmouth’s Sophie Caldwell and Eric Packer won their respective races.

In the women’s race Dartmouth and UVM had a stronghold at the front as the two squads locked up the top nine places.  A pack of about six broke away early on and distanced themselves from the rest of the field.  When they finally crossed the line it was Caldwell (Dartmouth) who took the victory in a time of 41:32.2.  Just behind were UVM’s Caitlin Patterson in a time of 41:33.1 and Erika Flowers (Dartmouth) crossed in 41:40.9 for third place.  UVM’s Amy Glen and Lucy Garrec took fourth and fifth respectively to round out the top five.

In the men’s race the pace was pushed early by Middlebury College’s Patrick Johnson, who eventually finished fourth, but the pack was able to stay in contact with him.  The top four men opened up a margin on the rest of field, but at the end it was Packer who used a high-tempo field skate to take the victory down the finish lanes over Franz Bernstein (UVM). Packer finished the 20km in a time of 49:06.5, just four hundredths of a second ahead of Bernstein.  Yesterday’s race winner, Sam Tarling (Dartmouth) followed in third, while UVM’s Dylan Grald crossed the line after Johnson for fifth place.

EISA racing continues next weekend in Stowe, Vermont as UVM hosts the college circuit.

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Caldwell and Tarling Take Sprint Crowns at UNH Carnival

JACKSON, New Hampshire – Dartmouth racers Sophie Caldwell and Sam Tarling won today’s EISA classic sprint races.  Above-freezing temperatures, sleet, and rain on top of fresh overnight snow made for an interesting mix of waxes and skis throughout the morning’s races. Tarling was one of just several skiers to use skate skis throughout the day, and won with a decidedly strong double pole over second place finisher Skyler Davis (US Ski Team/SMS – first place in prologue) and teammate Eric Packer (8th in prologue). Caldwell , who was the prologue winner, took the final race at the top of the steep hill situated midway through the course, and won by quite a margin over a field stacked with UVM and Dartmouth skiers.  Second place was Caitlin Patterson (UVM – 3rd place in prologue) and third place was Annie Hart (DAR – 2nd place in prologue). Dartmouth took the top men’s…

Bates Carnival Classic Mass Start Video

RUMFORD, Maine – EISA collegiate action got its 2012 campaign underway on the trails of Black Mountain last weekend as Bates College hosted the Chummy Broomhall Cup.  Here is a look at some of the action from the 10km classic mass start courtesy of Holly Hart. buy ortho tri-cyclen

Northern Michigan on Top Again as Markvardsen, Soderman Lead CCSA at Mayor’s XC Challenge

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The second day of the Mayor’s XC Challenge at Theodore Wirth Park brought another two CCSA wins for Northern Michigan skiers. The Wildcats claimed the top two spots in both the women’s 10k and men’s 15K skate races, with Monica Markvardsen and Erik Soderman leading the charge. The results earned the Wildcats both the men’s and overall titles for the weekend, while NMU and the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) tied for the women’s title with 145 points a piece. After qualifying for the NCAA championships a year ago, Markvardsen has quickly staked her claim as one the CCSA elite this season, landing back-to-back overall top five finishes at the Mayor’s XC Challenge. Markvardsen, who took fifth in Saturday’s classic event, completed her trek around Wirth Park in 23:58.9 to take sixth overall on Sunday. Another Northern skier who has started the 2012 off in impressive form…

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – An impressive display of depth from the Northern Michigan skiers has given the Wildcats a slim two-point edge over University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) after the first day of the Mayor’s XC Challenge in Minneapolis, Minn. Northern’s Kjell-Christian Markset topped the CCSA podium for the first time in his young career in the men’s 10K classic at Theodore Wirth Park, while teammate Monica Markvardsen took the conference’s top spot for the third time this season in the women’s 5K classic. Weather conditions forced the race to be re-routed onto a 3K artificial snow loop, but the dizzying course did little to slow down Markset, who cruised to a top-ten overall finish in 23:04.1 – good enough for eighth place. Fellow CCSA competitor, UAF’s Logan Hanneman, also landed a top-ten spot, taking ninth (second in the CCSA) with a time of 23:11.4. A pair of Swedish skiers were…

UPDATED: Oedegaard and Bronga Win in 10/15km Freestyle at DU Invite

TABERNASH, Colorado – Nordic competition continued today during the Denver University Invitational at Devil’s Thumb Ranch with 10/15km freestyle races.  In the men’s race the University of Colorado’s Rune Malo Oedegaard made it two for two on the weekend as he skied to a four second victory over the University of Utah’s Didrik Smith.  In the women’s race it was the University of Alaska Anchorage’s Jaime Bronga who similarly skied to a five second win over the University of Colorado’s Eliska Hajkova. Oedegaard, who yesterday opened up a margin of over thirty seconds on today’s second and third place skiers, had some company in today’s race. “Vegard Kjoelhamar (CU) had a lead on the second lap that Miles [Havlick], Didrik [Smith] and Tyler [Reinking] had to use [a lot of] energy to catch up, and I got a pretty nice travel just staying with,” said Oedegaard. “Out on the third and last lap…

Patterson and Packer Win 10km Classic Mass Starts at Bates Carnival

RUMFORD, Maine – The Bates College Carnival continued today on the trails of Black Mountain as the University of Vermont’s Caitlin Patterson bested her teammate Amy Glen by just under six seconds to earn the victory in the women’s 10km classic mass start.  In the men’s race it was Darmouth College’s Eric Packer who opened up a three second margin on the University of Vermont’s Franz Bernstein to capture the win. In the women’s race Patterson’s time of 31:43.8 was enough to better her teammate Glen who finished in a time of 31:49.2.  Darmouth’s Sophie Caldwell took the final step on the podium, finishing third in a time of 31:51.6.  Yesterday’s race winner, Lucy Garrec (UVM), came across the line less than a second later in 31:52.3 and her teammate Anja Gruber made it four UVM skiers in the top five with a time of 32:00.8 in fifth place. In…

Garrec and Johnson Win Bates Carnival

RUMFORD, Maine – The University of Vermont’s Lucy Garrec’s time of 14:08.4 bested teammate Caitlin Patterson by thirteen second to take victory in the women’s 5km freestyle on the trails of Black Mountain this morning.  On the men’s side it was Middlebury’s Patrick Johnson in 26.20.6 who gained a three second margin on Dartmouth’s Sam Tarling to capture the 10km title. In the women’s race it was a pair of Dartmouth skiers who followed Garrec and Patterson, with Sophie Caldwell (14:36.9) and Erika Flowers (14:47.1) earning third and fourth respectively.  UVM’s third skier, Amy Glen, rounded out the top five in a time of 14:47.9. On the men’s side Franz Bernstein (UVM) took the final step on the podium in a time of 26:46.0 while Dartmouth’s second and third skiers Eric Packer (26:48.9) and Gordon Vermeer (27:03.4) filled out the rest of the top five. EISA action continues tomorrow with…

UPDATED: Tyler and Oedegaard Win Classic 5/10km at DU Invitational

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UAF’s Soederstrom, Rjabov Win Classic Sprints, Lift Nanooks to Team Title at Hilltop Invitational

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