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MIT Nordic Team Hosts Invitational

By Timothy G. Garnett

TEAM CAPTAIN

Last weekend the MIT Nordic Ski Team hosted an invitational two-day meet at Prospect Mountain, Vermont. Although the MIT men recorded no team scores for lack of a third member, the women’s team placed third overall.

Saturday morning’s 10km skate technique race featured moderately hilly terrain on two laps of a 5km course. The MIT skiers started slow, but came on strong during the second half of the race with many team members posting negative splits on the second lap. MIT’s Timothy G. Garnett ’02 and Karl-Mangus W. McLetchie ’02 finished fifth and 11th respectively, but lacked a third person needed for a team score. The MIT women placed a strong third with Marissa L. Yates ’03 taking fourth, Ivana Medos ’03 taking 13th, and Alessandra M. Sabelli ’03 taking 16th.

Yates takes third in classic race

Sunday’s race also featured two laps of the same course only this time using classical technique. Racers started in order and separated by their finish times on Saturday’s race, leading to some very close races.

Yates took third, Medos took 11th and Sabelli passed her way up to 14th place, putting in a spectacular performance in her first classic race ever. With Sabelli and Medos, both first year skiers, showing marked improvements from each race to the next and the strong performance of veteran skier Yates, the MIT women are poised for impressive results for the rest of the season.

Starting just four seconds back from fourth place, Garnett pulled ahead to fourth on the first lap, but was unable to hold on and ended finishing fifth. McLetchie also started in close contention with four other skiers starting within 15 seconds and after much jockeying of position finished the race in 12th place. Once again the men’s team lacked a third person for a team score.

Over 40 skiers representing nine universities competed in the invitational tournament. The format for the event was pursuit style with finishing times from Saturday’s race to determine start order and start times on Sunday’s race. Both Saturday’s race and the combined pursuit counted toward league standings.