Athletes Test Endurance
BOLTON VALLY Over 140 mountain bikers and runners matched their uphill climbing skills in the 1st Annual Catamount Trail Hill Climb Challenge held at Bolton Valley Resort on Sept. 23. The race was designed to challenge even the most seasoned competitors in both endurance and technique on this 8km uphill trail course with a vertical climb of 1,880 feet.
Under perfect blue skies and temperatures in the mid 60s, mountain bikers gathered for the mass start followed by the runners 10 minutes later. The challenge for the two different disciplines was to see who would become King of the Mountain in this fun but strenuous event. All racers started on the pavement of the Bolton Valley access road before turning off onto the Catamount Trail. It didnt take long before racers started to bunch up into groups of similar fitness levels. After the first 5km of gradual climbing, the true test of strength was just about to begin as the course entered the alpine area and made a 3km ascent to the Wilderness chairlift summit with spectacular views of the Green Mountain range, the Adirondacks, and the Champlain Valley.
First to the top of the mountain in a time of 30 minutes 11 seconds was national class rider James Driscoll of Jericho, Vermont. Driscoll outdistanced his closest mountain bike competitor Charles McCarthy of Waitsfield, VT by 2 minutes and 20 seconds. Third was Brooke Scatchart of Waterbury, VT with a time of 34:40. Regional mountain bike star Lea Davison of Jericho, VT made the move to pass Kasie Enman of Huntington, VT over the last two kilometers to take the womens title in a time 44:12 followed by Enman in 45:06. Third place went to Sarah Shreb of Williston, VT in 47:12.
The surprise of the day was the speed of former U.S. Mountain Running Team member Eric Morse of Berlin, VT. Even though the runners started 10 minutes behind the mountain bikers, it didnt take long before Morse passed most of the mountain bikers and logged in the second fastest time of the day in 32:12. Second in the running category with a time of 33:16 was Garrott Kuzzy of Hayward, WI. Right on Kuzzys heals with a near photo finish was local running star Mark Churchill of Morrisville, VT in 33:17. Both Kuzzy and Churchill were step to step with Morse on the first five kilometers. As the grade became steeper on the alpine work road, Morse decided it was time to put the hurt on his competitors and make his break away to take the win.
In the womens running category it was national cross-country ski champion Alexa Turzian of Sun Valley, ID who finished in 40:47 with her teammate Cassidy Edwards of Middlebury College in a time of 40:51. Third place in 42:18 went to Rebecca Ryan of Huntington, VT.
A barbeque and awards for both age groups and overall competitors followed the event at the James Moore Tavern. Race sponsors included Bolton Valley Resort, Darn Tough Socks, Fleischer Jacobs Group, Sojourn, Turtle Fur, Champlain Lanes, and the Ski Rack. The race was a benefit event for the Catamount Trail Association, a 300-mile public access ski trail that spans the length of Vermont.
UVM Mens Hockey
BURLINGTON Vermont out shot Acadia 33-6 and four different players scored goals to lead the Catamounts to a 4-0 shutout over the Axemen in the front of the 58th consecutive sellout of 4,003 at Gutterson Fieldhouse on Sunday afternoon. Sophomore Patrick Cullity (Tewsbury, Mass.) and junior Dean Strong (Mississauga, Ontario) both scored power-play goals for Vermont while junior Corey Carlson (Two Harors, Minn.) and sophomore Viktor St嬢erg (Gothenburg, Sweden) both scored at even strength.
Senior goalie Jeff Hill (Cranston, R.I.) played the entire second period and picked up the win. Senior goalie Joe Fallon (Bemidji, Minn.) played in the first period and sophomore goalie Mike Spillane (Bow, N.H.) played in the third as the trio combined for six saves.
UVM Womens Hockey
BURLINGTON Brittany Nelson, of Shelburne, scored twice and Sarah Smiddy added a goal and two assists to lead Vermont to an 8-2 win over Sacred Heart in womens college hockey Sunday evening at Gutterson Fieldhouse. The win is the second straight for the Catamounts over the Pioneers as UVM opens its season at 2-0 for the first time in its seventh year in Division I.
The Catamounts scored seven unanswered goals over the last two periods to break open a tight contest. UVMs eight goals are the most since Oct. 29, 2004, an 8-0 win also over Sacred Heart.
UVM Cross Country
BOSTON Two freshmen and two sophomores scored for the University of Vermont womens cross country team at the New England Championships on Saturday afternoon at Franklin Park in Boston, Mass.
Newcomer Julianne Crisafulli led the Catamount contingent. She finished the race with a time of 19:54 and was 91st overall. Junior Danielle Cloutier-Simmons, of Milton, was the second Vermont runner across the finish line, posting a time of 20:10. Sophomores Gillian Rissler and Katie Accomando were third and fourth, respectively, while freshman Lauryn Wadlow rounded out the scoring for Vermont with a time of 21:10.
St. Michaels soccer
COLCHESTER The Saint Michael's College men's and women's soccer teams earned impressive victories last week, while the cross country team took part in the New England Regionals.
The women's soccer team (7-5-2, 3-5-2 Northeast-10 Conference) kept its playoff hopes alive with a 1-0, double-overtime victory versus Southern Connecticut State University on Saturday on Duffy Field. Freshman Katie Murphy netted the unassisted game-winner 3:29 into double overtime, while senior Molly Cole stopped one shot to earn the shutout win. The Purple Knights have now matched their victory total from all of last season, and sit just two points outside the final playoff spot with four regular-season games remaining.
The men's soccer team (9-2-3, 4-2-3 NE-10) knocked off the top-ranked team in the region, the University of Massachusetts Lowell, 1-0 on Tuesday on Duffy Field. Junior Tim Warren scored the unassisted game-winner for the Purple Knights, while senior Tim Williamson stopped five shots for the shutout. On Saturday, Saint Michael's played to a 1-1 tie at Stonehill College, as Warren again scored an unassisted goal, and Williamson stopped eight shots. The Purple Knights are tied for sixth in the league standings, and have all but clinched a playoff berth for the second straight season.