Over the weekend in Craftsbury, Vermont the first Eastern Cup series went down. On Saturday skiers raced a 1.6-kilometer freestyle sprint. On Sunday the women raced a 5 k skate, the men 10 k.
In the women’s sprint qualifier, Julia Kern (SMS T2) skied the fastest time of 3:12.97 minutes. Ida Sargent (USST/CGRP) was the second fastest qualifier, with Jessica Yeaton (APU) in third.
In the heats, Kern won the final, with Yeaton placing second. The day’s seventh fastest qualifier, Katharine Ogden (SMS T2/Dartmouth) finished in third. (Sargent pulled from the competition to rest for the upcoming World Cups.)
In the men’s sprint, Bill Harmeyer (University of Vermont) skied the fastest qualifier in 2:54.05 minutes. University of Colorado’s Alvar Johannes Alev was the second fastest qualifier, while Canada’s Nicolas Beaulieu (Orford) was third.
Daniel Streinz (NMU), the day’s sixth fastest qualifier won the final. Ninth fastest qualifier Antoine Briand (CNEPH) of Canada was second, with Harmeyer in third.
On Sunday, Caitlin Patterson (CGRP) won the women’s 5 k skate in 12:53.7 minutes. Yeaton was second in 12:57.1 minutes, and Kern third in 13:07.8.
For the men in the 10 k skate, Ben Lustgarten (CGRP) placed first in a time of 23:20.7 minutes. Although making the claim on Instagram he is not coming out of retirement, Kris Freeman (Caldwell Sport) was second in 23:430 minutes, and Zane Fields (Colby) was third in 23:46.9.