Skiing dominates in multiple events

This past weekend, the Colby Nordic teams headed to Lake Placid, New York for the Williams College Carnival.The women’s team had impressive results from Amy Bianco ’17, who was also successful in the ten km freestyle with a time of 28:29. Olivia Amber ’17 chipped in herself with a time of 29:20, which was good for 13th in the field. On Saturday, in the classic race, both Amber and Bianco finished in the top ten for the event. Bianco snagged fourth, which was good for a personal record. In the ten km freestyle, the team finished with a total of 68 points, which placed them in fifth for the event. Kat Chenail ’17 said, “That’s been pretty much our consistent result all season. At most of our carnivals, you can bet we’ll come away fifth.” Fifth at this event, however, was enough to edge out the rival Bates Bobcats by a mere two points.

On the men’s side, the team pulled out a sixth place finish, which was only a few points behind Middlebury, but comfortably ahead of rivals Bates and Bowdoin. Captain Silas Eastman ’17 led the charge for the Mules on Saturday, finishing 18th with a time of 14:29. On Friday, Zane Fields ’19 placed seventh in the ten-kilometer freestyle race with a time of 24:42, while Eastman and Ian Liphart ’18 rounded out the top three for the Mules. Captain Cam Regan ’16 said of the team this year, “It’s definitely the strongest team I have ever seen. We’ve had the unique problem of having to choose the right carnival team for each race. We have eleven men all competing for six spots, and on any given day one of us could ski into our top three and score points. This has kept us skiing faster to outperform each other and through this, we’ve gotten a lot faster as a team.” Both teams will finish up their season next weekend at the Middlebury Carnival.

The Colby Alpine Teams were both at Jiminy Peak in Hancock, Massachusetts for the  the Williams Winter Carnival. The women had a great showing, finishing third overall, getting edged out by only Dartmouth and the University of Vermont. Captain Sierra Leavitt ’16 placed fifth in the giant slalom event with a time of 1:35, while Mardi Haskell ’17 also cracked the top ten, coming in at ninth with a final time of 1:35. The women have consistently finished in the top four in their races this season.

The men’s team did not have the same success as the women this past weekend, but still put forth a solid showing. Michael Boardman ’17 was the top finisher for the Mules with a time of 1:34, which was good for 20th in the competition. Jack Auty ’19 was 33rd in the event, with a time of 1:36. Cam Price ’18 and Max Richard ’18 rounded out the top four finishers for Colby, with each finishing in the top 50. Both alpine teams close out the season next week at the Middlebury Carnival.

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