Posted: Jan 09, 2019
WATERVILLE, Maine -- Colby College's Zane Fields had a season like no other Nordic skier has ever had for the Mules after winning six Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) races a year ago.
Fields (Woodstock, Vt.) and the Mules open the 2019 season Saturday in the St. Lawrence University Carnival at Mt. Van Hoevenburg.
Center of attention for the Colby men this weekend will be Fields, who swept the Eastern Championship races and then finished sixth and earned All-American honors in the 20-kilometer race at the NCAA Division I Skiing Championships. Fields, a captain this season, became Colby's first male racer to earn All-American honors.
"Zane will lead our men's team against a very strong and talented collegiate field," Colby head coach Tracey Cote said. "At the U.S. nationals he showed he can ski with the very best in the country, and his focus will remain on being competitive at the NCAA meet in March."
Of the 22 skiers for the men and women, Cote has 13 first-years and sophomores on the roster.
"We're excited coming into the college season," Cote said. "We have a young team and they have put in a tremendous amount of quality training over the summer and fall."
Senior captain Scott Harrison (Mound, Minn.) returns for the men's team after placing 21st in the 10K classical at the Eastern Championships. Foss Kerker (Minneapolis, Minn.) had a solid first season with the Mules.
The men will have depth with juniors Carter Hall (Yarmouth, Maine) and Ben Theyerl (Eau Claire, Wis.) returning along with sophomores Anders Hanson (Craftsbury, Vt.), Adlai Sinkler (Minneapolis, Minn.), and Mark Young (Gilford, N.H.).
Cote is hoping that first-years Will Solo (Hinesburg, Vt.), Torsten Brinkema (Minneapolis, Minn.), and Ben Gustafson (Ely, Minn.) will make an immediate impact.
The Colby women had three sophomores -- Cal Waichler (pictured, Winthrop, Wash.), Kirsten Miller (Norwich, Vt.), and Marin Coletta (Bozeman, Mont.) -- make an impact last year. Waichler had six finishes in the top 20, Miller had seven in the top 30, and Coletta also had top 20 and 30 finishes.
"Cal is looking really strong with competitive finishes in both the 10K classic and the 20K freestyle at U.S. nationals," Cote said. "Marin and Kirsten also had incredibly strong fall training seasons and some top early season results."
Junior Skylar Tupper (Minneapolis, Minn.) placed 18th in the 15K race at the Eastern Championships. Meanwhile, senior Meg Yoder (Concord, Mass.) and junior Annika Martell (Eagan, Minn.) will be the team's co-captains.
Juniors Julia Lazzaroni (Park City, Utah) and Talia Seltzer (Sudbury, Mass.) also return for the Mules. Sophomore Erin Bianco (Ely, Minn.), the sister of All-East skier Amy Bianco '17, is a transfer from St. Olaf College and a former Minnesota state champion.
Bianco will be a newcomer along with first-years Lillian Fisher (Brattleboro, Vt.) and Emma Terwilliger (Ely, Minn.).