Skiing Starts Strong In Two IAP MatchesBy Timothy Garnett
The MIT Nordic Ski Team got its season off to a good start with strong finishes in two meets over IAP. The men snatched second place in the two meets while the women, with not enough members to participate in team events, finished with high individual places.
The first ski meet of the season was in Jackson, NH on the weekend of January 20th. The only event of the weekend was the a 9 km classic race.
The men’s team placed second with Samuel T. Coradetti ’02 leading the team with a sixth place finish. He was followed by Derek G. Southwell ’01 in ninth place, Timothy G. Garnett ’02 in 14th place, Christopher M. Testa ’03 in 15th place, and Karl-Magnus W. McLetchie ’02 in 18th place.
The women, while lacking enough members to field a team score, had strong individual finishes with Teresa M. Hung ’02 coming in third and rookie Marissa L. Yates ’03 coming in fourth.
After spending the intervening week training at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, NY, the team attended its second meet of the year. The meet was held over the weekend of January 27 at the Salmon Hills Resort in New York. With three races on the schedule, this promised to be a fuller and more challenging meet than the first.
It started with the men’s 15 km skating race Saturday morning. The men’s team again placed second with top finishes by Testa in third place, Southwell in seventh place, Garnett in eighth place, and McLetchie in 18th place.
The women’s 10km skate race immediately followed and MIT women had an excellent finish with Hung placing second and Yates placing fourth.
Later in the day, .6 km skating sprint races were held for both men and women. The MIT men finished strong with Southwell taking first place in a race decided by less than a second and Testa taking fourth. The women also did well with Hung taking second and Yates taking sixth.
Sunday morning saw the final event of the meet, a 7.5 km classic race for both men and women. The men once again placed second with Testa placing fourth, Coradetti placing seventh, Garnett placing ninth, Southwell placing 11th and McLetchie placing 18th. On the women’s side Hung placed second and Yates came in a strong third.