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Nordic Skiing—2010-11 Season Overview
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.
2008 Season Outlook
Despite a late start to last season, the Colby men's Nordic ski teaem had unprecedented success in the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) in 2007 and will look for more of the same in 2008.
Highlights for the men included a second-place finish in the 20-kilometer classic race at the University of Vermont and third place overall at the Eastern Championships at Middlebury. At Dartmouth, Colby had six skiers in the top 22 of the classic race.
Nick Kline '08 returns for the Mules after qualifying for the NCAA Division I Championships in 2007 along with teammate Fred Bailey '07. Kline placed 25th in the 10K freestyle at nationals and was the top Division III athlete in the 20K classic race, finishing 21st. Kline and Bailey also posted solid results in a very competitive field at Spring Series in Presque Isle, Maine.
The Mules had seven skiers in scoring position in carnival races and all ranked on the NCAA qualifying list. Matt Briggs ’09 placed 11th in the 20K classic race at the Dartmouth Carnival and eighth in the 20K classic at the Eastern Championships. Briggs also qualified for the Junior Olympics after several top Eastern Cup finishes, He placed 10th and was an All-American in the 15K skate race. Austin Ross ’08, John Swain ’08, Silas Gill ’09, and Sam Mathes ’10 all placed in the top 25 in carnival races and all were scorers for the team.
A top skier joining the team for the 2008 season will be Wyatt Fereday from Boise, Idaho. Fereday was a top junior racer in the Intermountain Region and posted great results last year at U.S. Nationals and the Junior Olympics.
Women’s Nordic Skiing
The 2007 women's Nordic team posted impressive results with only two sophomores and three first-year skiers. They placed fifth at the St. Michael’s Carnival in the 5K freestyle race, fifth at the University of Vermont 15K classic race, sixth at the 5K freestyle race at Williams, and sixth in the 15K classic race at the Eastern Championships.
Kathleen Maynard ’09 was in the top 15 in seven races, including a ninth in the University of Vermont 15K classic race, 11th at the Williams Carnival in the 10K skate race, and 12th in the freestyle race, and 14th in the classic race at the Eastern Championships.
Rookie of the year Mandy Ivey ’10 placed 16th at the St. Michael’s 5K freestyle race and 18th at the Eastern Championship freestyle race. She also had a 20th-place finish in the 15K classic race at the Dartmouth Carnival and a 21st-place finish in the 10K freestyle race at the Williams Carnival.
Jennie Brentrup ’10 and Linnea Rooke ’09 also scored points for the Nordic team and will be factors this season.
Joining the team in 2008 is Meghan Cornwall of St. Louis Park, Minn., who qualified for both the Minnesota State Meet and the Junior Olympics.