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Nordic Team Takes First In Freestyle Sprint, 10K

By Alessandra Sabelli

and Ivana Medos


The MIT Nordic Ski Team had a strong performance at Ole’s C.C. Ski Center in Vermont on the weekend of Feb. 16-17, with wins in the women’s freestyle sprint race and the men’s and women’s 10K races.

In the Saturday’s freestyle sprint race, Marissa L. Yates ’03 dominated the women’s competition. Despite the slushy snow, Yates skied a strong and fast race, overpowering her rivals and getting a well deserved first place.

For the men’s team, Karl-Magnus W. McLetchie ’02 raced the semi-final, while Timothy G. Garnett ’02 fought his way up through all three runs of elimination, qualifying for the finals and placing fifth overall.

Garnett, Yates top 10K classic

On Sunday, the format changed to a 10K classic race, with fresh snowfall and higher temperatures making the race slow. However, the team’s performance was excellent, with Garnett and Yates stealing the spotlight with well-deserved first place finishes, followed closely by the rest of the team.

McLetchie finished strong in fifth place, while the team’s novices Ivana Medos ’03 and Alessandra M. Sabelli ’03 recorded their highest personal results so far this season, finishing eighth and the 11th, respectively.

The strong results give the team high hopes for a solid finish to the season at the upcoming regional competition at Waterville Valley, New Hampshire, and qualifying for nationals.