Stowe, VT — Despite and evening of crazy winter weather that included thunder and lightning at Trapp Family Lodge, morning arrived to greet racers to another day of great skiing on the 5K race loop at Trapp Family Lodge host to today’s TD Bank Eastern Cup events. Today’s contests included 5, 10, and 15 kilometer classic races.
The day started with the J2 Boys 5K. Mount Mansfield Nordic’s Ben Hegman (Huntington, VT) earned the first TD Bank Eastern Cup J2Q win of his career with Cambridge Sports Union’s Hamish McEwen (Weston, MA) once again in second. Gunstock’s Jack Schrupp (Gilford, NH) was third.
The J2 Girls were next and Julia Kern (Waltham, MA) yesterday’s winner from Cambridge Sports Union, made it 2-for-2 on the weekend with a big 25-second victory. Cate Brams (Belmont, MA) gave CSU the top two spots, with Stratton’s Brooke Mooney (Peru, VT) just 1.3 seconds behind in third.
With the top collegiate skiers heading home after the conclusion of the UVM Winter Carnival, the women’s and men’s fields did not have the same depth as Saturday, but did still feature athletes like Craftsbury Green Racing Project’s Hannah Dreissigacker and Patrick O’brien, a handful of fast Canadians, last weekend’s double-winner Corey Stock, Olympian Justin Freeman, and local standout Eli Enman.
In the women’s 10K classic, Hannah Dreissigacker (Craftsbury, VT) stormed out of the gate to a big first lap lead that she was able to ride to a 50-second win over the top junior, second place Corey Stock (Lincoln, MA/CSU.) Caroline Drolet, from Club Nordique Mont-Ste-Anne in Quebec was third. Ford Sayre’s Ellen Chandler earned the masters win.
The men were next and their three lap race turned into a battle between Olympian and masters racer Justin Freeman (New Hampton, NH) and a skier twelve years his junior, Craftsbury Green Racing Project’s Patrick O’Brien. Freeman’s lead lengthened by just a few seconds each lap, but it was enough in the end for a 16-second victory. Another masters racer, Eli Enman (Huntington, VT / VTXC) took the final spot on the podium. In a race dominated by masters and seniors, 7th place Nathan Weber from Nakkertok Ski Club (Ontario, Canada) was the top junior.
Today’s races were sanctioned by FIS and USSA and were contested on the 5 kilometer John Morton designed and FIS homologated racing loop at Trapp Family Lodge.
After two straight weekends of TD Bank Eastern Cup action, the skiers get a break before the Finals at Hanover and Holderness, New Hampshire February 19 and 20. At the conclusion of racing on the 20th, the team will be named to defend New England’s “Alaska Cup” title at this year’s Junior Nationals, as well as overall 2011 TD Bank Eastern Cup Champions.