Liz Strong posted a top-30 finish at the UVM Carnival Friday (Photo: EISA)
Stowe, Vt. - The Harvard alpine team got the collegiate race season underway this past Friday at Stowe. The team was coming off some great training the previous week in Burke, VT and was looking forward to testing themselves on race day.
The team was led by senior Becca Nadler, who wasted no time getting the ball rolling, putting down two very strong runs to finish 2nd on the day, almost two seconds ahead of third place. Junior Liz Strong skied one of her best collegiate GS results to date, moving up from a start number of 50 to finish in 30th. Freshman Katie Gibson was close behind in 41st, a solid start to her collegiate career. Sophomore Sam Udolf had the biggest move up of the day, starting 78th and finishing 46th.
The men were knocking on the door of one of their best days collectively, with three, and nearly four, of them qualifying for the second run top-60. Sophomore Matt Mansson moved from a start position of 79 to 40th after the first run and was skiing his best run of GS in the last two years but got tangled in a GS panel and crashed out five turns shy of the finish in the second run... Senior Ian Anderson and Sophomore Jack Stobierski both skied two solid runs, moving up from start positions of 95 and 94 to finish in 40th and 43rd respectively.
Saturday's slalom race was postponed to freezing rain and unsafe conditions. The race will be made up later in the season. The team is back at Burke training this week ahead of the upcoming Colby Carnival at Sugarloaf, ME. The team is chomping at the bit to build on the results from the UVM Carnival and will be gunning for more career-best results this Friday/Saturday!