Monday, February 9, 2015

Saint Mikes/Dartmouth

St. Mikes Carnival was very special for me, as I grew up skiing at Sleepy Hollow and spent my whole high school career there...good times.

Also good were the results and the racing! On the individual day Phil, Will and Lizzy posted their best results so far. Will broke into the top-15 and Phil stormed the scene in a big way: a week prior he had a gutsy race and hung in to sprint for 30th place and his first NCAA points...this time, he skied the whole race on a mission and looked like to be totally comfortable on the way to smashing that first points race with a big 21st place showing.

Lizzy went into the race with a game-plan, focused on the tactics and stuck to her goals the whole way. It was clear to see she was really getting after it and putting the pressure on in the last few K!

Kyle also had his best-ever classic result, and Erin also skied to one of her better classic EISA races.

Taren, Sliz and Phil: Mission accomplished (photo by Barb)

The relay was exciting with many lead changes, stumbles, yelling, flags, facepaint and glitter. It was totally unique and special to see a mixed-gender event, and all the teams got into the spirit.

Erin moving in to tag Will (photo by Barb)

The action moved quickly to Dartmouth and one of the biggest weekends of the year: the combined Carnival/Supertour/Eastern Cup at Craftsbury! Friday got started with a bang...Erin qualified in 8th for the open heats (3rd EISA skier) and raced to 3rd in her quarterfinal...end result? 6th place in the Carnival! Huge PR, and the first women's top-10 since the 11/12 season!

Erin racing earlier this season in Canada (photo by Barb)

India also had a great race, earning her first top-50 in 49th place! The men were led by Blaine in 18th, with Kyle and Phil also in the top-30 and Isaac just outside in 31st...the men have put at least 3 in the top 30 EVERY race so far this season. Depth depth depth! 

Kyle ripping up the live feed

In the next day's distance race, the highlight came from Kyle narrowly missing his first top-10 in 13th place...there is some great skiing of his featured on the Fasterskier video of the event. Especially cool (and aptly put) is color-commentator Austin Cobb remarking "...a Dartmouth skier and Kyle Curry of St. Lawrence going by....looks like Kyle has a little more energy out there!"

Definitely a correct observation. You can see Kyle making some moves at 24:43 in this video feed:

Kyle led the men to another day with 3 in the top-30 as Austin finished 28th and Will finished 30th. The men ended up 5th on the day...they been either 4th or 5th all season and are chasing down the podium. 

In the women's race both Erin and Kate posted top-30 results, with Erin having one of her best distance races in 26th and Kate matching her second-best EISA finish in 28th. The pacing from both was key, leading to some great finishes with more to come for sure. 

Dana scored her first top-50 with a 50th place showing and her best NENSA points as well!

Of course, another highlight was the annual Carni-Crush tradition, in which stripping, innuendo and dances all were very well represented:

The SLU girls sing a song (and show some leg, it looks like) to the Bates boys (photo by Bob Townsend)

On Sunday there was some extra excitement for a few members, as a crew remained for Sunday's mass-start. It was a big field but Lizzy, Dana, India, Morgan, Isaac and even coach Terko held their own! It was one of Morgan's best races ever, and Isaac was right behind for some great points. 

Dana led the women, and all three finished in good company!

Coach comes out of retirement to rip it up. Sort of like Justin Freeman, except not as fast (photo by Bob Townsend)

The team is now enjoying copious amounts of snow on campus (as is much of New England) and preparing for the Middlebury Carnival and Eastern Cup finals (in Hanover and Holderness) this weekend...we will see you on the trails!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Bates/UVM Recap, Photos and Poems

We are a bit behind on blogging here...funny how that happens in the midst of the season, huh? SLUSKI is off to a great start! The women's team has had some standout moments but are still chasing a day where everything clicks. The men's team started off fierce and has not looked back, finishing in the top-5 for the first 4 races in a row.

Kate battles it out in the 10k classic mass start at UVM

There are almost too many great races and moments to bullet form I'll highlight some more individual successes and breakthroughs:



Blaine (16th), Chumley (29th), Taren (53), and Kyle (17th) all had their best-ever Carnival finishes

Kate scored her first NCAA points of the year and her second-best Carnivan finish in the skate race

Isaac was inside the NCAA points in his first-ever Carnival race

Dana, Sliz and India all had personal-best Eastern Cup races AND qualified for their first sprint heats (with Dana in the open heats! And India with a broken finger!)

Isaac "Stumpy" Wright having a killer first Carnival race!


Erin had her first top-30 of the year and her second-best distance Carnival

Phil had his first top-30. It came down a sprint for that top-30 and Phil earned it through and through

Kyle had his first pts in a classic race, and as a bonus he found a magical kick-zone on his warm skis

Dana had two great races, particularly the mass start on Saturday…she was charging more than your iPhone the morning after a long Saturday night!

Morgan got his best result (52) in the classic mass start

Will gives it his all in the UVM skate race


While the individual success is great, the team spirit has never been higher and each weekend has been a real fun experience. This group has a lot of fun together and that makes handling both the highs and the lows much easier. Before the season started we all answered some discussion questions and, based on everyone's responses, wrote a team mission statement. 

The mission of the St. Lawrence University Ski Team is to foster an environment that challenges and motivates student-athletes to reach their potential both within and outside of the sport.
A culture of respect and active communication creates a healthy balance of effort and enjoyment, along with a desire for members to push toward achieving both personal and team goals. 

I have to say, it feels great to be able to say that this group is really embracing so much of what this mission statement puts forth. I can think of so many examples of various aspects of this statement being carried out by the team at all times, and it is inspiring. 


To close out this blog post, I will share two poems that Dana and Calvin wrote about the Bates Carnival: (note: I may have edited for content/language)

Bates Carnival
By Dana and Calvin

We drove 7 hours in the van and mini bus
It was so bumpy that Taren swore and cussed
First dinner out at Matterhorn
Where Tinder was used as a substitute for porn
Breakfast was made in our rooms
Where we chatted and thought of our future grooms
It was so smelly at the paper mill
Three, four, five times up high school hill
Isaac came in for the kill
India took a big spill
Drew helped out
And did it without a pout
Morgan, Will, and Kyle had their best results
Etown came up to them and had lots of exult
The NYSEF girls all wanted to give them big kisses
They all turned, glared and said, “Sorry misses”
Second dinner was at Phoenix
Chumley made a sick remix
Sliz saw all her Maine hicks
Terko always knows the secret wax tricks
Kyle nods his head, drinking coffee for a quick fix
We went over the hills, making the descent
At the meetings we all nod our heads and comprehend
Kate tries not to giggle
While Erin and Austin wiggle
LMFAO blasts on the radio
And Emma likes to sing, though
C-town got sick, so we went home real quick
While in the van, Blaine snap-chatted a chick
A latte in Phil’s hands, he took lots of sips
As he opened his lips,
Sean swayed his hips and flashed his nips
Austin let it rip
And the boogers and snot sure did drip
Bob gave lots of feeds and gave you your drink, guaranteed
Calvin boosted his speed,
The Dana Train ran non-stop, going to the open sprint heats
With speedy speedy feet
Black Mountain was windy and gray
The roads became icy and beckoned us to stay
Colby, Bates, and Bowdoin were dismayed
We came, saw, conquered, and slayed

Ode to Ace
By Calvin

The race was at a place with bare mace
It was a fast chase
With much grace and a quick pace
India is a head case
$h#t, I just scratched my base
Dana has a tattoo on her face
When I bent down to tie my lace,
I quickly stood to the sound of “Blank Space”
Taylor Swift, so talented I’d give her my grandmother’s vase
Out of the start, I hear the bass
Into the finish, no one behind, my opponents defaced without a trace
So sit down and pull out your pencil case because this ain’t no arms race
The proof is in the TROPHY CASE
Yeah, that’s right I write in uppercase


-Closing photos-

Bob and the women's team enjoying a stop for some BJs on the way home from Stowe

Will, Phil and Austin chill out on an ice throne. All three (plus Kyle) were in the top-30 in the UVM classic mass start


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