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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.

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