What a rollercoaster weekend it was!
We arrived to Quarry Road in Waterville on Thursday the 11th with warm weather and beautiful conditions! It felt balmy compared to the below zero weather at MSA that week- some of us were wearing t-shirts, only long-sleeves and or no hats or gloves! After about an hour ski, we headed to the hotel in Augusta and then back out to the Riverfront Barbecue and Grille, where we feasted on lots of meat!
The next day we ventured out to bowling in our spare time, where we learned who had talent and those who didn't.. Kate had quite the showing! It was raining all day and the race course was closed. It unfortunately wiped out most of the snow, so we went for a pre-race run. After we ate at Colby's Dana Dining hall and hit the hay dreaming fast thoughts.
|ETown even went bowling!|
|Kate, and Matt, featuring Ryland psyched about his throw|
|Dana and Jordan excited to be out bowling!|
|Eliza and Lucy throwing down|
|Team bonding! And more bowling below!|
More disappointment came when the first race was canceled due to the rain wiping out snow and making the course an ice skating rink! The girls had already gotten so ready as you can see from our team selfie together below, as well as the coaches who had already waxed all of our skis! We were able to get to the trails that afternoon for a sneak peak of what was to come.
The second day, Sunday, turned out to be really nice and we can't thank the Colby crew enough for the tremendous efforts they put into pulling the race off. Sunday's race was originally supposed to be a 10k/15k mass start skate, but the course ended up being on the first loop of the normal 5k, which was about 1.7k. Girls did it three times and guys six times for a total of a 5k and 10k race.
SLU had an awesome showing with a superb finish by Jackie Garso '20 in 7th place!!! The girls team also placed in 5th, which may have been the best team finish in seven years. I think a lot of us felt we could do better and I know we can, so having finished in 5th makes me really excited for the rest of this season!
The guys are a young team and they are skiing well, and they will continue to grow and learn from racing on the circuit. Unfortunately, Ryland didn't feel well and had to stop midway through his race and Ben was recovering from some kind of illness, but we give him props for racing still!
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|The First Carnival Scene in Waterville, ME.|
Thanks for your continued support! We hope to see you on the trails,