Craftsbury Eastern Cup Recap

FasterSkierDecember 19, 2011
Kris Dobie photo.
Due to the amazing work of the Craftsbury community we were able to get the Eastern Cup Season off and running.  Alum and current GMVS mentor, Tim Reynolds stole the show and led an impressive crew of current and alum skiers with a big Double Victory on Saturday by double poling both the Sprint and the Prologue.
It was great to see skiers from throughout New England and Canada getting after it right out of the blocks.  Many juniors and some college programs have had limited time on snow so far so it was interesting watching it all come together.  We had six current GMVS skiers out on the trails racing and all had some great moments.  We had Peter Kling, PG alum and APU skier, racing off our wax bench too and he had two solid 7th place finishes in the Sprint and Prologue.
Other alums out there racing included: Doug Debold (Middlebury) with a fifth and sixth in the Sprint and Prologue respectively, Dylan Grald (UVM), David Sinclair (Dartmouth), Ryan Kerrigan (VTXC),  Antoine St-Louis, Daniel Moore, Robin Anderson (VTXC), and Emily Stitt (Middlebury).
Doug Hardy photo.
 Heidi led our current crew with two impressive 11th place finishes on Saturday finishing second and third for J1’s in the the Sprint and Prologue.  Devlin Shea was the fourth American J1 in the Sprint and fifth in the Prologue.  Coach/athlete, Evan Dethier suprised himself a bit in the sprint and pulled off a 26th place finish!
Sunday, MK had an awesome skate race, pulling 23rd.  Heidi was 28th.  Kaitlin had a very consistent weekend and has gained some ground on her peers since last year, she finished with 48th, 50th and 53rd in a field of over 150 women.
Ryley is recovering from a hip injury and raced Saturday and trained and cheered on Sunday.
Craftsbury photo.

It was a solid start for the Gumbies.  We will have some pictures up in a few days.  Most of us are going to see our families this week and get a well deserved rest before commencing team practice on Thursday to start a last intensity block before Nationals.  We have some skiing available to us at the base of Sugarbush which I am going to check out tomorrow morning with a few of our local club skiers.  Keep up the snow dances:)


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