Posted: Feb 08, 2019
LYME, N.H. -- Zane Fields is back at the top of the podium for the Colby College men's Nordic ski team and Marin Coletta continued her fine season for the women at the Dartmouth College Carnival at Oak Hill Recreation Area on Friday.
Fields earned his first victory of the EISA season and seventh in the past two years with a blazing time of 43 minutes, 32.5 seconds in the 15-kilometer skate race.
Fields' victory helped the Mule men finish in a tie for second place in the team standings. Meanwhile, the Colby women had balance as well with three skiers in the top 20 to take third overall.
"We trained hard through January with a real focus on the later part of the season," said Colby head coach Tracey Cote. "Everyone skied so well today in soft and warm conditions. This was one of our best team days ever, and I'm so proud of this group of athletes."
How dominating was the victory for Fields? Runner-up Karl Schulz of University of Vermont had a 45:02.2 clocking, nearly 1:30 behind.
The Colby men had six racers in the top 30, including a 12th from Carter Hall in 45:59.9. Torsten Brinkema placed 20th in 47:16.1, Foss Kerkner was a place behind in 21st with a 47:35.1, Scott Harrison took 25th in 47:42.1, and Will Solow finished 30th in 48:08.4. Mark Young had a solid finish by taking 34th in 48:18.4.
The men finished in a tie with Williams College for second place with 105 points in the 12-team field. Dartmouth was a distant fourth with 88 points. Fields earned 50 points for the win and had 100 points go toward NCAA qualifying.
The Colby women -- behind a sixth-place finish from Coletta -- placed third with 97 points. The Mules, who had four skiers in the top 30, had 97 points and was the top NESCAC school. Williams took fourth with 79 points and Middlebury finished with 71 for fifth.
Coletta (pictured) earned her fourth top-10 finish of the season with a time of 31:47.7 in the 10K skate race. Cal Waichler had her best finish of the season by taking 12th place in 32:07.9.
Erin Bianco was 19th for the Mules with a 32:25.7, Kirsten Miller finished 29th in 33:12.3, Talia Seltzer placed 34th in 33:46.1, and Skylar Tupper was 37th with a 33:54.5.