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MIT Ski Team Races at Waterville

MIT skiers raced with their largest team yet in slalom and giant slalom events at Waterville Valley on Saturday and Sunday this weekend. On the women’s side, top-placing Chyleigh J. Harmon ’14 earned her best finish Saturday at 41st. Captain Jillian R. Reddy ’11 strongly led the rest of the team, finishing 56th. Rounding out scoring were Sarah J. Laderman ’12 in 63rd and Jennifer L. Hawkin in 64th. Newcomer Alix M. de Monts ’13 was disqualified. Sunday, however, all of the MIT women finished in a pack and recorded their best team result yet. Hawkin came in 60th, Harmon 61st, Reddy 63rd, de Monts 65th, and Laderman 66th. It was a personal best USSA points race for Hawkin.

The men had mixed results this weekend. Saturday saw an addition to their list of vital top-25 finishes with Michael J. Yurkerwich ’11 finishing 13th and Jason D. Pier ’13 in 23rd. Depending on team results from the University of Massachusetts, Yurkerwich stands to qualify individually for Regionals. Jonathan D. Allen ’14 was 58th Saturday, and Joshua Walker did not finish. On Sunday, the men had a less eventful day, with Pier finishing 26th, Yurkerwich 29th, Allen 59th, and Walker 64th.

The women’s and men’s teams still stand at 10th of ten and 9th of nine, respectively. Next weekend MIT Skiing will have giant slalom at Gunstock on Friday followed by slalom at Blackwater on Saturday.

—Alexis Dale, Team Representative