Skiing at Easterns

Determination has defined the Mules’ season on the slopes. “From day one of our training plan in May, the team has been committed to reaching our goals,” said Amy Bianco ’17, co-captain of the women’s Nordic team. “You can tell that every time we step out to practice everyone is focused and determined to perform the workout with quality and to their maximum.” The results of the determination and hard work seen over the offseason have begun to show for both the Colby nordic skiing team and the Colby alpine skiing team as both teams had solid finishes at the Eastern Championships/St. Lawrence Carnival in Lake Placid, NY this past weekend.

For the second straight year, the Colby women’s alpine team captured second in the slalom, led by top-11 finishes by co-captain Mardi Haskell ’17, Sierra Leavitt ’16 and Paige Whistler ’16. The trio had led the Mules to the podium before, but was able to improve upon old times and solidify the Mules as one of the best slalom teams in the East. Haskell, coming off a career performance at Middlebury the week preceding, captured fourth with a time of 1:54.41 (55.74, 58.67).

The men’s alpine team was strongest in the Giant Slalom, where they finished in sixth place after Michael Boardman ’17 grabbed ninth following one of the fastest runs of the day. Craig Marshal ’15 solidified the Mules’ position with a 12th-place finish.

Olivia Amber ’17 led the Colby women’s nordic team again as the Mules captured eighth place in the 15k classic. Amber has consistently been the top skier for the Mules this season. She finished in 13th place with a time of 55:40. “Olivia had a super strong classic race where she was leading throughout the first lap,” said Bianco. “She has been getting stronger throughout the weekends and has proved that she can race in the top five consistently.”

The men’s nordic team performed well, with three skiers finishing in positions 19 through 21. Jeff Tucker ’16 was 19th, Silas Eastman ’17 took 20th, and Calvin Wight ’16 finished in 21st place. Both teams have consistently performed near the top this season, however, this week was special as it was the last run for the seniors on the squad. “It was our last race as a team and it was bittersweet, so we really tried to finish strong for our seniors” commented Amber.

The Mules will have a full week to recover before the NCAA Skiing Championships. Five skiers have qualified for the national level. Marshal will be the sole male competitor for Men’s Alpine, but will have support from Haskell, Leavitt, and Jeanne Barthold ’15, who have all qualified for the women. The sole competitor for Colby Nordic Skiing will be Amber. The Mules will hope to reproduce their strong showing at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid as they take on national competition.

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