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Nordic Finishes Second At Meet Hosted by MIT

MIT Skiers Come Closer to Defeating Clarkson University, Will Try for First Place This Weekend

By Chris Testa

TEAM MEMBER

Battling adversities, the Nordic ski team once again came in second last weekend at an MIT-hosted race in Prospect, Vermont. Even with almost half the team sick, they managed to come closer than ever this year to upsetting Clarkson University, the league’s favorite in both classic and skate.

Arriving in Vermont to 50-degree temperatures and rain, the team soon encountered windy weather, and temperatures dropped below freezing for the 9 a.m. race on Saturday. However, the wet and icy 15-km course proved no difficulty for the hardy MIT men’s team.

The men captured third, fifth and seventh places with Samuel T. Coradetti ’02, Derek G. Southwell ’01, and Timothy G. Garnett ’02.

Marissa L. Yates ’03 and Teresa M. Hung ’02 of the women’s team skied well enough to grab fifth and sixth places in the women’s race.

On Sunday, the team again awoke early to sub-zero temperatures and a howling wind. It wouldn’t be the day to unseat Clarkson, although strong performances by Southwell (second place), Coradetti (fifth), and Chris Testa ’03 (sixth) earned MIT second place.

Master of consistency Karl-Magnus W. Mcletchie ’02 -- who has finished every race this year in either 18th, 19th, or 20th place -- once again finished 19th in both races.

The shorthanded women’s team (consisting only of Hung) grabbed a third-place finish but lacked enough members for a team score.

Next weekend, the Nordic team heads to New London, N.H. for the Colby-Sawyer Carnival and another chance to recapture the first-place position not seen since last year.