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Nordic Skiers Hand Rival Clarkson Loss

By Samuel Coradetti
TEAM MEMBER

Last weekend, the MIT men’s and women’s nordic ski teams competed in a regular season league race in Grafton, Vermont. While the women’s team won both race days defeating rival Clarkson University, the men split the two days.

The races started on Saturday with the women’s 7.5 kilometer classic style race. The MIT women raced well with a second place finish by Jessica Kleis ’00 in 27:49, seventh place for Jessy Baker ’03 in 31:05 and eighth place for Teresa Hung ’02 in 31:14 for a combined score of 17. That was just enough to edge out Clarkson University with 18 points, Cornell University with 20 and the Army Academy with 24.

In the men’s 7.5 km classic race, the MIT put up a strong challenge with three top seven places. In second Sam Coradetti ’02 in 24:31, fifth Jim Berry ’00 25:11 and seventh Tim Garnett ’02 25:23 for a score of 14. That was enough to crush Cornell University with 40 points, and the Army Academy with 53 points, but their arch rival Clarkson University captured three of the top four places and won with a score of 8.

On Sunday, the MIT women followed up Saturday’s races with stronger performances in the 10 km freestyle race. Jessica Kleis finished first, beating the entire field by 30 seconds with a time of 29:35. Freshman Jessy Baker put in a great performance despite battling illness which almost kept her from racing and finished fourth, covering the course in 31:32. Teresa Hung also scored for MIT with a strong ninth place and a time of 35:52. MIT won the race with 14 points again defeating Clarkson University and the Army Academy with 20 points each and Cornell University with 25.

Not be completely outdone by the women, the men’s team bounced back from Saturday’s defeat with some great finishes in the 10 km freestyle on Sunday. Derek Southwell ’01 lead the team with a first place finish, covering the 6.2 mile course in just 26:27. Just two seconds behind him was Chris Testa ’03, who stepped up to capture second place by less than second with a strong sprint in the last few yards of the race. Also scoring for MIT, was Sam Coradetti in sixth place with a time of 27:00. In the top ten, but not scoring were Tim Garnett seventh, 27:34 and Jim Berry eighth, 27:47. The MIT men won with a score of 9 over Clarkson with 12, Cornell with 36 and Army with 55 points.