Eastern Cup Opener at Craftsbury: Sprint Recap

Over 300 skiers from throughout the US and Canada traveled to Craftsbury for the opening Eastern Cup race of the 2018-2019 season.  Despite the unfortunate warm weather of the past days the grooming staff was able to provide racers with a fair track for the mornings qualification.  During the course of the morning the temperature dropped 20 degrees allowing water to drain from the snow and make a fast surface.

The afternoon was full of heat action – starting with Masters, then Open (which included junior and senior skiers), then U16 and U18/U20’s.  Competitors, coaches and spectators were as excited to kick off the competitive season as they were to welcome the more seasonable temperatures and the return of a gentle snowfall.  The races were augmented with the rich voice and historic commentary of Peter Graves.

Tomorrow’s Freestyle Race has been changed to an interval start due to snow conditions – stay tuned to the VTCM for start lists and updates.  See you tomorrow.

Ben Ogden was the top male junior on the day and 4th overall. Missing from photo: Leo Grandbois – Orford – 2nd, James Kitch – Harvard – 3rd. 
Callie Young of Dartmouth was the top female junior on the day with Mae Chalmers of Middlebury in second and Abigail Streinz of Craftsbury in third.
Overall Male Winners: Daniel Strienz – NMU – 1st, Antoine Briand – CNEPH – 2nd, Bill Harmeyer – UVM – 3rd.
Overall Female Winners: Julia Kern – SMS T2 – 1st, Jessica Yeaton – APU – 2nd, and Katharine Ogden – Dartmouth – 3rd.

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