We had a great weekend up in Farmington, ME for the second Eastern Cups of the year. On Saturday afternoon, we had Katharine, Issy, and Hamish all racing in the open heats (top 30 racers overall). Despite getting knocked out in the quarters, each of them skied feisty races in their respective heats. Murph & Gino qualified for the junior heats (top 12 juniors not in the top 30) and skied well (see photo below of the two of them fighting it out in the B-final). Pip & Tess also got to mix it up with the rest of the J2s in the heats. Double pole specialist Pippin hammered around the course and skied her way into the J2 B-final. Racer of the day went to Tess who skied an aggressive semifinal, placing second, and earned herself a trip to the A-final.
On Sunday, for the freestyle distance race skiers did 3 (J2s), 6 (women) or 8 (men) laps around the base and up and down a steep section of Titcomb Mountain. Koby started things off on a high note for the team with his second win of the season in the J2 boys 5k. Koby skied a smooth race and got a nine second win over Ben Hegman. Hamish’s younger brother, Gavin, rounded out the podium with a great race for third place.
Katharine, Tess, & Pip kept it going with 2nd, 12th and 14th place finishes for the girls. Katharine sandwiched herself on the podium between two CSU girls – Julia Kern & Zoe Snow.
The older kids were led by Issy with a stellar 6th place result. Issy started off smooth and conservative – first lap in 30th place – and then picked it up on every lap, dropping her splits to 20th place, 17th place, and inside the top 10 for a few laps before settling in 6th as the second junior. Mollie and Kate skied well too – 35th for Mollie & 52nd for Kate (6th J1!). The field was full of the regular high school crew on the Eastern Cup circuit, plus the Green Team, a few girls from Sun Valley, and several college teams (Williams, Bowdoin, Bates, Colby, UNH).