MIT Skiing had its first weekend of slalom racing Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with a two-day carnival at Cranmore followed by the non-league Tecnica Cup at Gunstock. The new club team’s diligence in training has paid off; though the Women’s and Men’s teams again finished 10th and 9th in their respective divisions, every MIT finisher had the best or second best slalom race of their career this weekend.
On the Women’s side, MIT had another solid performance from its team of two. Captain Jillian R. Reddy ‘11 finished 53rd on Friday and 57th on Saturday. Sarah J. Laderman ‘12 also skied consistently, finishing Friday and Saturday 62nd and 60th, respectively.
The Men’s team had two exciting races. Friday, they put two racers in the top 25, Michael J. Yurkerwich ‘11 and Jason D. Pier ‘13 at 12th and 25th, respectively. Captain Ian C. Wolfe ‘10 was the team’s third finisher in 38th (one of his best career finishes). On Saturday, these three racers competed strongly; Yurkerwich finished 31st, Pier 32nd, and Wolfe 40th. If the nine competing men’s teams were scored with three racers instead of five, these MIT Men would have come in 6th for the day.
Unfortunately, Kevin A. Rustagi ‘11 — the much-needed depth in the Men’s team — was among the competitors disqualified from both the Friday and Saturday events.
The biggest MIT highlight over the weekend was the second place finish by Yurkerwich.
MIT Skiing will continue with Slalom then Giant Slalom at Waterville Valley on January 23-24.