Nordic and Alpine wrap up

A long, barren winter has left recreational skiers in hopes of one final storm to avenge what has thus far been a fruitless ski season. However, the men’s and women’ Alpine and Nordic ski teams surely made the most out of a largely snowless season. Their impressive finishes throughout the season made it a successful one, but there remains room for improvement on both teams.

The men’s Nordic ski team began their quest for glory on January 15 at the Bates Carnival. A solid fifth place finish would set the tone for the season, as they finished between fifth and seventh in every carnival all season. The men’s Nordic team this season had a productive roster all the way through the lineup with a few standouts. Silas Eastman ’17 and Zane Fields ’19 both had impressive finishes along the way. In their final performances of the season, Fields and Eastman finished seventh and 12th, respectively, at the Eastern Nordic Skiing Championships. Eastman’s respectable finish caps what was an excellent year for him as he finished near the top ten in most races. Fields finished his race with a time of 22:32 and represented the promise of a Nordic team ready to move up the ranks going into next season. The women’s Nordic team also had a solid year as they finished middle of the pack in most of their races.

In a season that also began in mid January, the women’s Nordic ski team finished fifth in almost every race they competed in this year. Despite their usual consistency, the women slipped a bit and finished a still-respectable seventh at the Eastern Nordic Skiing Championships. Amy Bianco ’17 and Olivia Amber ’17 provided Colby Women’s Nordic with a reliable one-two punch all season long. At Easterns, they finished tenth (Amber) and 12th (Bianco) with times of 12:49 and 12:51, respectively, in the five km freestyle race. Then, on Sunday, they finished strong again, earning tenth (Amber) and 17th (Bianco) in the 20 km freestyle event. An overall productive year for the Men’s and Women’s Nordic ski teams bodes well for a promising season next year. 

The Colby men’s and women’s Alpine ski teams were not as fortunate with their health this season as the Nordic team, and thus finished lower than expected in some races. The Colby women’s Alpine ski team had a strong showing in their final race last weekend, finishing fourth in slalom and second in giant slalom, just behind the University of Vermont. In the slalom, Mardi Haskell ’17, Paige Whistler ’16, and Destrey Enders ’16 all had finished well, with Haskell finishing fourth and Whistler and Enders finishing 20th and 24th, respectively. In the giant slalom, All-American Sierra Leavitt ’16 finished second with a final time of 2:08 while All-American Haskell finished third with a time of 2:09. The dual-podium finish for the Mules was a nice way to cap off the season. Both Leavitt and Haskell now look forward to the NCAA Division 1 Skiing Championships in Colorado from March 9 to 12. On the Men’s side, however, the season finished a little more shakily.

At Eastern’s, Michael Boardman ’17, Max Richard ’18, and Jack Auty ’19 all finished in the top-20 in the slalom. Boardman finished 13th with a time of 1:34 and was in a position to have a great finish in the giant slalom, but he did not finish his second run. The Colby men’s Alpine team had an up and down season as their finishes ranged between fifth and 12th place. The Colby women’s Alpine team had a more productive year as they consistently finished in between second and fifth.

Injuries on both sides of the roster burdened the team. Michael Ferri ’18, one of the injured skiers on the roster, had a promising outlook for the team next year. “Next year, one of our team goals is to win a carnival. We have the talent to achieve this. We just need to take advantage of our first runs by having cleaner second runs and finishing strong,” he said. Second run DQ’s hurt the team all year long, so they’ll surely work on finishing both runs for next season. Overall, both the Nordic and Alpine Ski teams had moments of triumph and defeat, but surely made the most of their opportunities this season.

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