Nordic Skiing races admirably

The Colby Nordic Ski team continued their strong season this January as they competed in their biggest home event of the year, the Colby Carnival at Quarry Road. The Mules had a good crowd on hand and were looking to perform well in the last carnival for this exciting senior class. Sprint freestyle racing, where pairs of skiers switch off sprinting around a track, was the format for this race day, and Silas Eastman ’17 and Sam Sinkler ’18 each had strong showings as the pair finished 12th. The duo of Cam Regan ’16 and Ian Liphart ’18 came in at 18th. The women performed well. The pairing of Olivia Amber ’17 and Amy Bianco ’17 came in at 11th overall in their race with an official time of 21:48.3. Vivian Hawkinson ’18 and Lilly Naimie ’19 were close behind with a time of 23:39 and finished 30th. Overall, it was a great day at Quarry Road, as the men’s and women’s teams finished seventh and ninth, respectively, in their last major home race of the season.

Nordic Skiing’s campaign then continued in Craftsbury, Vermont following the start of the Spring semester as the teams headed across state lines to race in the University of Vermont Carnival this past Saturday. Bianco and Zane Fields ’19 had impressive finishes in their races as Fields finished tenth in the ten km with a time of 22:18 while Bianco came in 12th in the five km at 12:29. The teams once again performed well overall, the women coming in seventh place and beating arch rival Bowdoin and the men in sixth place to earn the honor as the best Maine team at the race by besting rivals Bates and Bowdoin. Eastman, Sinkler, and Scott Harrison ’19 had strong finishes for the men and Amber, Kim Bourne ’16, and Meg Yoder ’19 heavily contributed to the result on the womens side of things.

The Carnival madness spilled into Sunday as both teams prepared for their 10 km races before the drive back to Waterville. Amber was the standout again, as she placed ninth by clocking a time of 28:57 to earmn her team 31 points on the day. Fields also performed well after his strong showing the day before. She placed 20th with a time of 26:03 and teammates Harrison and Liphart weren’t far behind, finishing 29th and 33rd, respectively. Overall, it was an impressive weekend for the mules as they enter the home stretch of their season. The teams will travel to New Hampshire this weekend to compete in the Dartmouth Carnival.

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