Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Middlebury Carnival & Eastern Cup Finals

Another deep freeze at the Midd Carnival last weekend.  With a scary-sounding forecast (subzero temps and high winds) Friday's classic was pre-emptively delayed until early afternoon, and we went to bed wondering if we'd even get to race.  Fortunately, the winds held off, the sun came out, and we ended up with a beautiful day.  It was super cold, but the bright sun and dry air made it feel quite pleasant - almost like a bluebird day out west when you end up shedding layers and running around without gloves despite the temps.  Our races weren't as amazing as the conditions, unfortunately, but it wasn't a bad day.  H. Miller posted a solid 18th place finish to lead the team, and Shelby and Jake had strong races as well.  The team regrouped with some foolishness at the venerable Middlebury Inn that evening - hide and seek throughout the Porter Mansion and a vaguely suspicious sounding activity called Piggly Wiggly.  This must have fired everyone up, because Saturday's skate was much better.  Jake in particular looked feisty, posting a PR of 46th - good to see him skiing with fire after slogging through several low-energy weeks.  Hannah Miller showed some grit with another top-10 finish despite feeling pretty terrible - a race to be proud of.  Thanks to the team parents for coming out to cheer on a frigid weekend!  Thanks in particular to Meg & Laurie Groves, who hosted the team for a fantastic dinner on Thursday night, and to Everett Marshall for shooting some great race footage (which I will try to post soon).

Once again, there was Eastern Cup action happening alongside the carnival (not at the same venue this time, unfortunately).  After the Midd classic race, Sarah took Ellie and Mac over to NH in a final push for Junior National qualifying.  Both of them skied well - Ellie crushed the skate race. Mac had a great classic day, and both ended up earning spots on the JN team.  New England is the most competitive region in the country with regard to JN qualifying, so this was a major accomplishment.  Congratulations to Mac and Ellie for achieving a season-long goal!  Very satisfying to see hard work pay off.  They'll be headed to Truckee in early March - looking forward to seeing what they can do against the best juniors in the country.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Dartmouth Carnival

For the fourth year in a row, the Dartmouth Carnival was held at Craftsbury.  Conditions were absolutely perfect - tons of cold, fresh snow and nice wide, challenging trails.  The event was a combined carnival/SuperTour/Eastern Cup, so it was pretty chaotic and very competitive.  A skate sprint got things started on Friday.  The whole crew was pretty feisty out there, working the transitions and scrapping for every second, but in the end Hannah Miller was our only qualifier in the stacked field.  She qualified in 11th and went on to finish 3rd in her heat for a final place of 14th (7th in the college race - a career best).  Mac led the men in 34th for college skiers, a PR for him as well.  The following day was a 10/10k skate - H. Miller put up another top 10 EISA finish (8th, and 17th overall) to cap an outstanding weekend.  With several of our top skiers out, we got solid performances from our first-years, including August and Rachel, who scored for the team for the team for the first time ever.  This crew is still learning, and it'll take a lot of hard work and patience before they can be consistently competitive at the collegiate level, but this race was an encouraging sign of progress and a nice bit of payoff for their season-long efforts.

There was still one more race on the slate after the carnival had finished - a 10/15k mass start classic on Sunday.  Since this was a JN qualifier, Ellie and Mac stayed in VT with Sarah in an effort to score some good qualifying points.  Conditions were tough - steady snowfall throughout the day made both races a grind - but both Mac and Ellie had solid races and put themselves in position to have a shot at making the JN team heading into the final weekend of qualifying.

Here are some photos courtesy of Everett Marshall:









Tuesday, February 3, 2015

UVM & St. Mike's Carnivals

Quick catch up of our last 2 carnivals.  For the first time in years, the UVM Carnival didn't overlap with an Eastern Cup.  It's always nice to mingle with the Eastern Cup crowd and kill two birds with one stone, but I have to say that it was pretty pleasant to be racing at Trapps without the usual crowds and chaos.  Jackson was the hero of Friday's 5/10k skate with a 22nd place finish, while Hannah Miller led the women in 23rd.  The race was clouded by an injury to Marshal - he had a spectacular crash, with both skis flying into the woods, but was able to finish the race with an impressive display of resilience.  Unfortunately, he developed a headache after the race that got worse throughout the afternoon - after a trip to the hospital, we discovered that he had a concussion.  This is the first time I've ever had an athlete get a concussion from a ski crash, and it was a sobering reminder that even a "non-impact" sport like ours has its dangers.  I feel fortunate that we're much more aware of concussion symptoms and risks than even just a couple years ago - thanks to this, we knew what signs to look for with Marshal, and we knew how to respond when we found them.

After a stellar dinner at the Miller household, we awoke ready for Saturday's 10/15k mass start classic.  Shelby was the stand-out skier on this day - she was locked in right from the start and had perhaps the best race I've ever seen from her.  Louisa and Sam were solid as well, and August showed good fire by scrapping to get back into the race after missing the start.  The skis weren't amazing for some of our skiers, which kept us from having a great day, but overall a good effort.

Here are some photos courtesy of Ron Aseltine:
















By the time we got to the St. Michael's Carnival, we'd survived a massive blizzard, with about 2 feet of snow falling on coastal Maine earlier in the week.  Amazingly, the skies hadn't emptied out yet, and several more inches fell throughout Friday's 5/10k classic.  Fueled by another fantastic family dinner, this time from Everett Marshall and Deb Parella, our crew gave a great effort, led by Hannah Miller's 14th and a career-best 25th for Tyler.  We had super cold temps and perfect skiing for Saturday's 4x3k mixed relay (2 women, 2 men per team).  Relays are always fun, and the mixed format was a neat novelty that added some excitement.  Our men were sufficiently moved to allow themselves to be adorned in glitter by the women's team - not a sight you see every day.  Our teams were solid on this day, although we didn't have any show-stopping results.  Overall, I felt like the team was very solid in this carnival and did a great job of nailing down the little things.  I was a little surprised that we didn't get a bigger reward for our efforts in terms of results, but sometimes that's how it goes - all the other teams are trying just as hard as we are.  Still, I'm happy with the progress I'm seeing from the team, and I'm excited to see how the second half of the season unfolds.

Here are St. Mike's photos from Ron Aseltine and Doug Hands:















Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Bates Carnival and Broomhall Cup

Carnival season is underway!   Back to Rumford last weekend for the Bates Carnival.  We jumped right into the deep end with a 15/20k mass start classic - quite a way to introduce the new kids to the carnival circuit!  This was a day where experience mattered - our senior men showed how it was done with a pair of stellar races.  Jackson finished 21st, with Tyler close behind in 28th.  Both of them skied smart, well-paced races - they used the pack to their advantage, skiing in the draft and moving up when opportunities arose.  Super smooth and relaxed technique as well - they both looked fantastic.  Mac skied a great race as well, with a nice PR of 43rd.  These three guys hit a new level in their skiing on Friday - hopefully we can keep this going.  The youngsters handled themselves pretty well also, with Ellie in particular showing some spark and moving up steadily throughout the race.

This race also doubled as the Broomhall Cup, Maine's collegiate state championship.  Jackson (2nd) and Tyler (3rd) earned First Team All-State honors, with Mac (7th) and Hannah Miller (7th) named to the Second Team.  As a team, we finished third behind Bates and Colby in a closely-contested race, but our men were the top scoring team, which was pretty cool.

Saturday's skate was cold and windy - a very tough day to be a ski racer, especially after emptying the tank so thoroughly the day before.  Hannah Miller bounced back from a minor illness with a ton of fire, scoring a big skate PR of 9th place!  This was really quite impressive considering how she'd been feeling for the last few days - a great display of determination.  Mac had the best race of the day for men with a new PR yet again - his 35th place finish was by far the best skate race I've seen from him.  Overall, a very encouraging start to the season.  I'm confident that we'll keep getting better as we head to Stowe for the UVM Carnival this weekend.

Here are some action photos from loyal parent-alum Greg Askins, as well as a shot of Hannah in the awards ceremony from Emily Bloch.  Thanks to all of the parents for their support this weekend, especially Ron and Deb Aseltine, who generously hosted the entire women's team.









Saturday, January 10, 2015

Rumford Classic Time Trial

It's all time trials all the time for Bowdoin Nordic.  We were back at it again today with a classic time trial at Black Mountain with Bates and Colby.  Nice cold day, hard tracks, and crisp snow - perfect.  Another good showing by the team, despite the heavy training load they've had this week.  Hannah won for the women, with Tyler and Jackson solid for the men in 3rd and 5th, respectively.  It was nice for the team to get a look at the course we'll be using for the Bates Carnival next week - definitely an advantage to get a trial run beforehand.  Very fun day - thanks to Bates for organizing!

Men

Jeff Tucker COL 29:02:00
Calvin Wight COL 29:32:00
Tyler DeAngelis BOW 29:36:00
Silas Eastman COL 29:45:00
Jackson Bloch BOW 29:57:00
Max Millslagle BAT 30:12:00
Nate Moreau BAT 30:24:00
Malcolm Groves BOW 30:47:00
Connor Regan BAT 31:22:00
Ian Liphart COL 31:23:00
Chris Burnham COL 31:28:00
Cam Regan COL 31:31:00
Samuel Shaheen BOW 32:29:00
Jackson Hall COL 32:33:00
Andrew Egger COL 32:34:00
Gabe Forest COL 32:45:00
George Voight COL 33:00:00
Dylan Thombs BAT 33:11:00
Marshal Landrum BOW 34:42:00
Hudson Macnamee COL 34:53:00
Ben Pratt BAT 35:28:00
August Posch BOW 35:52:00
Taylor Pearlman COL 36:44:00

Women

Hannah Miller BOW 34:49:00
Tara Humphries BAT 35:06:00
Grace Wright BAT 35:30:00
Britta Clark BAT 36:12:00
Shelby Aseltine BOW 36:40:00
Hailie Lange BAT 37:18:00
Mackenzie Hitchcock COL 38:07:00
Helen Sudkamp-Walker BAT 38:15:00
Jenna Hill COL 40:10:00
Kat Chenail COL 40:33:00
Alice Hotopp COL 40:38:00
Hannah Marshall BOW 41:40:00
Emmy Held COL 47:19:00

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Rangeley Time Trial

We're back!  We started off 2015 with a skate time trial with Bates up in Rangeley.  Fun times and a good showing by the team.  Here are results:

Jackson Bloch BOW- 33:05
Tyler DeAngelis BOW- 33:35
Nate Moreau BAT- 33:49
Max Millslagle BAT - 33:50
Malcolm Groves BOW - 34:20
Nick Michaud BAT - 35:02
Connor Regan BAT - 36:32
Wade Rosko - BAT 37:09
August Posch - BOW 37:41
Ben Pratt - BAT 40:37

Hannah Miller BOW - 25:09
Britta Clark BAT - 25:35
Grace Wright BAT - 26:06
Shelby Aseltine BOW - 27:49
Helen Sudkamp-Walker BAT - 28:38
Hannah Marshall BOW - 32:16

Many thanks to Bates for time trialing with us, and thanks also to the folks at Rangeley Lakes Trail Center for grooming for us and providing bibs!

I'm also happy to report that we finally got some snow, and Pineland is open!  Nice OD ski today - hopefully the first of many this year.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Fall 2014 Training Video

As exams wind down, here's a video of our training from the past few months.  Here's hoping that next semester is as successful as this one!