Fields wins first-ever EISA race for Colby men's Nordic ski program

WATERVILLE, Maine -- Zane Fields started his junior season at Colby College with the first-ever Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) victory by a male Mule skier at the Colby Carnival at the Quarry Road Trails on Sunday.

Fields (pictured) helped the Colby men place third overall, while the women also skied well in taking fourth place.
 
Fields won by more than 15 seconds with a time of 27 minutes, 52.2 seconds in the 10-kilometer freestyle race. 
 
" We've had a quite a few seconds, but never a win by a male skier," Colby head coach Tracey Cote said. "Zane started out about fifth place for the first lap, but quickly put on a 14 second lead that stayed consistent and got a bit faster near the end."
 
After skiing was cancelled on Saturday due to heavy rain, Cote and her group of volunteers were able to get a course ready for Sunday.
 
"The conditions were really fast and our race crew did so much work to pull off a great event," Cote said. "Considering what we faced weather-wise, it felt like a miracle to have this race on natural snow."

First-year William Kerker had a fine debut by taking 14th place in 29:09.0, while Sam Sinkler was 28th with a 29:34.8 for the Mules.
 
The Colby women also had a terrific day, with four skiers in the top 30 (three first-years, one sophomore). 
 
Claire Waichler had a time of 16:38.3 in the 5K freestyle race for 12th place in her debut. Marin Coletta was 14th in 16:39.6, Skylar Tupper finished 24th in 16:56.0, and Kirsten Miller had a time of 17:02.1 for 28th.
 
Colby College Carnival
Men's 10K Freestyle Team Scores
1. University of Vermont 242
2. Dartmouth 226
3. Colby 196
3. Middlebury 196
5. University of New Hampshire 168
6. Bowdoin 134
7. Williams 120
8. Bates 108
9. Laval 88
10. Harvard 64
11. Maine-Presque Isle 52
12. St. Lawrence 40
13. Saint Michael's 12
Colby men's results
1. Zane Fields, 27:52.2
14. William Kerker, 29:09.0
28. Sam Sinkler, 29:34.8
33. Scott Harrison, 29:55.4
39. Ian Liphart, 30:04.9
42. Andrew Egger, 30:21.7
49. Carter Hall, 30:41.1
63. Gabe Forest, 31:30.8
72. Adlia Sinkler, 31:58.6
76. Mark Young, 32:18.1
77. Ben Theyerl, 32:19.9
79. Anders Hanson, 32:23.0
 
Women's 5K Freestyle Team Scores
1. Dartmouth 260
2. University of Vermont 248
3. Middlebury 178
4. Colby 158
5. St. Lawrence 156
6. Harvard 152
7. Williams 112
8. Bowdoin 108
9. University of New Hampshire 98
10. Bates 76
11. Laval 46
12. Saint Michael's 40
13. Maine-Presque Isle 6
Colby women's results
12. Claire Waichler, 16:38.3
14. Marin Coletta, 16:39.6
24. Skylar Tupper, 16:56.0
28. Kirsten Miller, 17:02.1
41. Talia Seltzer, 17:22.9
52. Annika Martell, 17:51.2
53. Lilly Naimie, 17:51.3
68. Meg Yoder, 18:36.0
70. Vivian Hawkinson, 18:36.8
72. Amy Bruce, 18:47.8
78. Julia Lazzaroni, 19:39.7