Bergeron Wins Division at Last X-Country MeetBy Kate Bergeron and Andy Parsons
Kathleeen A. Bergeron '93 became the first division champion in the history of MIT women's skiing last weekend. Bergeron won the women's five-kilometer freestyle race at the Eastern Intercollegiate Skiing Association Division II Championships, held in Jackson and Berlin, N.H. The meet was the last of the cross country ski team's season.
In the men's 10-kilometer freestyle, Andrew F. Parsons '93 led the team with a 17th place finish. Also scoring for the team were Westley A. Sherman '95 in 18th place, Jed C. Macosko '94 in 21st, and Joel D. Sindelar '93 in 35th.
On Saturday, the team traveled to Berlin to compete in 15 and 30-kilometer classical skiing events. Recently, cross country skiing competition has been split into classical events, where skiers glide along in the grooves familiar to any cross-country skier, and freestyle events, where skiers use the new ice-skating style. Bergeron once again led the women's field, taking first place 45 seconds ahead of her nearest rival.
Sherman led the men's team with an outstanding third place finish, followed by Parsons in eighth, Macosko in 15th, and Sindelar just after.
Bergeron, Sherman, and possibly Parsons have qualified to race this weekend at the Division I national qualifiers, hosted by Middlebury College. Selection for the qualifiers is based on season-long performance.