Fields wins Eastern title for fifth victory of spectacular season

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Colby College Nordic skier Zane Fields kept up his domination of the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association at the right time -- earning an Eastern Championship title in the 10-kilometer classical at the Rikert Touring Center on Friday.

With the NCAA Division I Skiing Championships less than two weeks away, Fields won his fifth race of the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) season for the Mules. He now has one classical race win and four freestyle victories. Fields also has two second-place finishes and won the Maine State title in a mass start.
 
"Zane is having about the best season you could possibly have. Winning not only in freestyle, but also now in classic is next to impossible.  It's something that only the very best accomplish," Colby head coach Tracey Cote said. "You also have to stay healthy and ski well in all sorts of crazy snow and weather situations. He will finish as the number one ranked skier in the east. This has never happened before and to be honest, it's hard to imagine it happening again." 
 
Fields had a time of 24 minutes, 19.2 seconds to win by more than seven seconds over rival Peter Holmes of University of New Hampshire. 
 
Fields earned 50 points for the Mules, who finished in a tie for fourth place with University of New Hampshire. Colby was just two points out of third place and four out of second place.
 
Scott Harrison and Ian Liphart both had solid finishes for the Mules. Harrison was 21st in 25:32.4, while Liphart took 26th in 25:44.6. Sam Sinkler was 35th with a 26:03.8 and Foss Kerkner was 38th in 26:23.9.
 
In the women's 5K classical, Marin Coletta took 24th place in 15:04.31 to help the Mules place seventh. 
 
Skylar Tupper took 30th place in 15:14.7 and Claire Waichler finished 39th in 15:30.1.