UVM at Highland Rerun wrap up
This weekend’s racing at Highland Mountain Bike Park was an affair reserved for the heartiest of collegiate racers. Throughout the weekend driving rain, wind and cold tormented the riders. The fantastic courses all held up very well and provided exciting racing in all of the events.
The Women’s XC saw the return of Syd Schultz (Middlebury). Syd had previously won the XC at Holiday Farm. She was able to pull out the victory from a hotly contested final lap with Alison Crocker (Boston College). Marie Kenney (UVM) was able to round out the top three 3:30 back. Later in the day Dual Slalom was run. Elizabeth
Yasewicz (UVM) took top honors over her teammate Kristina Miele.
Sunday’s STXC was a three way shootout, pitting Marie Kenney, Bella Oleksy (UNH) and Emily Jibb (McGill) against each other. Several times throughout the race Marie produced small gaps on the climb, only to have them shut down on the descent by Bella. Emily was able to follow Bellas wheel during the regrouping effort. On the final lap Bella and Marie hit the base of the climb together. Only half a bike length gave the win to Marie Kenney. Emily cruised in a couple seconds later for third place.
The Noah Tautfest (VTC) won the Men’s XC by a large margin. Derek Harden (UVM) and Taylor Smith (UNH) placed 2nd and 3rd respectively. The Men’s DS was steep, muddy and technical. Craig Mchaud (WIT) was clearly the class of the field in these conditions. He qualified two seconds faster than anyone else and continued to display his superiority as he raced through the brackets. In the final he defeated Matt Lareau (UVM). The consolation round went to Nik Patalano (Northeastern).
The men’s STXC was also a wide open affair. After the first couple of laps Joseph Reis (UVM) had establish a 30 second advantage that was only to extend as the race wore on. Eric Burge (McGill) separated himself from the case group before the midway point of the race but was unable to catch Reis. Greg DiSanto (UNH) and Ben Moody (UVM) sprinted for third place. Disanto was able to eek out a solid gap at the line. The DH was dominated by Alex McAndrew (Clarkson), who won by seven seconds. Adam Gange (UMASS) snatched second place by five seconds over Nik Patalano (Northeastern)
The Team Relay was only contested by UVM and UNH. The race was incredibly tight throughout the duration with several lead changes. That morning’s STXC winner Joseph Ries (UVM) started the final lap about ten second’s down on UNH’s DiSanto. Disanto was able to fend off a hard charge to the line, winning by les than a wheel length.