Nordic Skiing—2007-08 Season Overview

Nordic teams have experience, youth in 2014
WATERVILLE, Maine --- After taking a sabbatical last year, Colby College Nordic skiing head coach Tracey Cote will have an experienced group returning and some promising newcomers for the 2014 season.

The Colby women return eight skiers who saw racing action a year ago, but did lose top skier Molly Susla to graduation. Seniors Lizzie Anderson (Etna, N.H.) and Emma Donohoe (Boise, Idaho) will be co-captains for the squad. Both were among the top three or four skiers for the Colby women last year.

Senior Sarah Brockett (Randolph, N.H.) also was among the top skiers for the women last year. Jenna Hill (Jackson, N.H.), Kim Bourne (St. Paul, Minn.), Emma Wood (Harpswell, Maine), Alice Hotopp (Bethel, Maine), and Mackenzie Hitchcock (Lanesboro, Mass.) also return for the Mules.

First-years Amy Bianco (Ely, Minn.) and Olivia Amber (Lake Nebagamon, Wis.) are expected to be point producers right away for the women. Katherine Chenail (Williamstown, Mass.), Emily Head (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.), and Kate Kerin (Lyme, N.H.) give the women's team plenty of depth.

The Colby men's team has seven skiers returning with significant racing time from a year ago. The Mules do lose Jake Barton and Jared Supple to graduation. Barton missed nearly the entire season last year due to injury.

Senior captain John Dixon (Shelburne, Vt.) has had some solid results the past few years and is a key skier for the Mules. Sophomores Calvin Wight (Concord, Mass.) and Jefferson Tucker (Woodstock, Vt.) both had fine first seasons for Colby last year. Senior Paco DeFrancis (Norwich, Vt.) also returns and should be a point producer.

Cam Regan (Cumberland, Maine), Jonah Belk (Hanover, N.H.), and Chris Burnham (Concord, Mass.) also return for the men's team. Sophomore Taylor Pearlman (Granville, Ohio) joins the squad.

First-year Silas Eastman (Chatham, N.H.) was the second runner for the Colby men's cross country team in the fall and led the team to an NCAA appearance. With his athletic ability, he's expected to contribute right away.

First-years Jackson Hall (Yarmouth, Maine) and George Voigt (Norwich, Vt.) also join the men's team.

2009 Season Outlook

The 2007-2008 season was historic for the Colby Nordic men's team. The season started at U.S. Nationals in Houghton, Michigan, where Matt Briggs '09 earned a first alternate spot for the Under-23 U.S. Ski Team trip. Also at U.S. Nationals, the Colby Nordic ski team was recognized as the most improved club.

Highlights for the men's team included first-place finishes in the 10-kilometer freestyle race at the Bates Carnival, Williams Carnival, and the Eastern Championships.   The men also won the freestyle sprints at the Vermont Carnival. Second-place team finishes were in the 20K classic race at St. Lawrence, the 10K freestyle race at Dartmouth, and the 20K classic race at Dartmouth. 

Colby showed its depth placing five skiers in the top 11 at many races during the season. Nick Kline '08, Silas Gill '09, and Wyatt Fereday '11 qualified for the NCAA Division I Skiing Championships in Bozeman, Mont. Gill placed an impressive 18th in the 10K freestyle and 24th in the 20K mass start classic race. Kline was 19th in the 10K freestyle, and first-year skier Fereday was an impressive 21st in the 10K skate race. As a full men's team, Colby was sixth place overall at NCAA nationals after the skate race, and the alpine and Nordic teams combined to finish 13th overall as a team.

The Mules had eight skiers in scoring position in carnival races, and all ranked on the NCAA qualifying list. Matt Briggs '09 and Sam Mathes '10 were first and second alternates for the NCAA meet. Briggs and Mathes had many top-10 finishes in carnivals as well, with Briggs also finishing the season as Eastern Champion. Fereday, Mathes, and Peter Rummel '11 all qualified for the New England Junior Olympic Team.

With a young squad, the Nordic women's team posted impressive results for the 2007-2008 season. Team highlights included a seventh-place finish in the 10-kilometer classic race at the Vermont Carnival. The women combined with the Nordic men's team to win the Chummy Broomhall Maine Collegiate Championship, beating defending champion Bates College.

Kathleen Maynard '09, who spent the fall studying in France, had an impressive season. Maynard ended with a career-best eighth-place finish at the Eastern Championships. Highlights included a 12th-place finish at the Bates Carnival in the 10K classic race, 13th at the Dartmouth Carnival in the 5K skate race, and 13th in the 15K classic race at the Dartmouth Carnival.

Jennie Brentrup '10 had an outstanding season, improving on last year's finishes with a career-best 27th-place at St. Lawrence in the 15K classic and 25th in the 10K classic at the Vermont Carnival.  First-year skier Meghan Cornwall '11 ended her season strong with a 34th and 37th at the Eastern Championships. Linnea Rooke '10 finished up her collegiate season with a third place in the 50K Rangeley Marathon. 

Joining the team next year are Liza Goodwin (Keene, N.Y.), who deferred to spend a year abroad in Norway, Hanna Lucy (North Conway, N.H.), and Amy Lones (Cumberland, Maine). All three are top junior skiers who will add quality and depth to our program.