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Nordic Skiers Take Second Place

By Marissa Yates

TEAM MEMBER

Battling snowy weather, slippery roads, and steep back-country hills, the MIT Nordic ski team traveled to Jericho, Vermont for the USCSA Regional Championships last weekend.

Saturday morning, the team awoke to temperature in the 20s, welcoming sunshine, and a few inches of freshly fallen snow. The trails at the Ethan Allen Biathlon Range were neatly groomed, and the conditions were nearly perfect for racing over the hilly terrain.

The women’s 10-km freestyle race set off the weekend, and the only female racer from MIT, Marissa L. Yates ’03, captured third place.

Immediately following the women’s race, the men set off to tackle the 15-km freestyle race. Derek G. Southwell ’01 led the MIT team with a strong fourth place finish. Following Southwell, Timothy G. Garnett ’02, Christopher M. Testa ’03, and Samuel T. Coradetti ’02 crowded in as a pack of skiers and finished within ten seconds of each other to capture eighth, ninth and 10th place.

Garnering four top-ten finishes, the men’s team took second place in the freestyle race.

Saturday’s beautiful weather disappeared overnight, and gray skies and windy weather prevailed by 9 a.m. Sunday. As the men prepared for the 10-km classic race, the precipitation fluctuated between wet snow, sleet, and rain. These conditions complicated the waxing process, forcing the men to quickly apply klister and sprint to the start of the race.

Again, as in the freestyle race the day before, Southwell led the men’s team with a fourth place finish. Finishing less than 15 seconds behind his teammate, Testa earned sixth place.

After missing his start by nearly 45 seconds, Coradetti secured a ninth place finish with his pure strength in double poling, even over the toughest hills on the course. Following closely behind, Garnett snatched 12th place, again within a pack of skiers separated by less than 15 seconds.

The women’s 7.5-km classic race began just an hour later, and Yates again earned third place. The men claimed another second-place team score in the classic race, completing the weekend second overall behind the team’s rival, Clarkson University.

Next weekend, the team will be heading to Boise, Idaho to compete in the USCSA National competition from March 5-10, hosted by the Bogus Basin cross-country site.