Saints Lustgarten, Perryman earn career-best Nordic ski finishes at UVM
The St. Lawrence University Nordic ski teams competed on Saturday and Sunday at the 2014 UVM Carnival at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, VT. Senior Eric Lustgarten picked up his best career finish in the men's classic sprints, while sophomore Erin Perryman had a breakout weekend with back-to-back top-15 finishes.
The teams competed in the classic sprints on Saturday, with Lustgarten racing in a time of 3:12.7 to earn seventh place overall and his first top-10 showing. The Burlington, VT native earned 33.0 points, and was joined in the scoring by Austin Meng and Will Frielinghaus in 22nd and 31st place, respectively. The trio posted a eighth place team finish, while Blaine Ayotte (49th), Calvin Swomley (50th) and Kyle Curry (51st) also represented St. Lawrence in the men's classic sprints.Perryman earned her career-best finish on Saturday in 15th place in the women's classic sprints with a time of 3:58.8. She was awarded 25.0 points for her effort and was joined in the scoring by Kate Mulcahy (49th) and Taren McGray (56th). The team finished in 11th place, with Lauren Hurd also racing for the Saints (67th).
Perryman continued to shine on Sunday in the women's 5k Free, picking up her second top-15 in 14th place overall. The West Lebanon, NH native raced in 15:18.7 for 26.0 points, with Mulcahy (31st) and McGray (56th) completing the scoring once again for 10th place. Hurd was 60th to improve her career-best finish.
Meng was the top St. Lawrence finisher in the men's 10k Free on Sunday with a time of 26:42.1. The Truckee, CA native was 12th overall for his fourth career top-15 finish. Lustgarten was 24th, while Curry's career best finish of 25th capped the scoring and put the Saints in seventh in the team standings. Frielinghaus (33rd), Swomley (35th) and Ayotte (42nd) also raced for the Scarlet and Brown.
The University of Vermont swept Sunday's races, while Middlebury and Bates claimed Saturday's women's and men's classic sprints, respectively. Linda Danvind-Malm and Jorgen Grav of UVM claimed both the women's and men's individual titles each day, respectively.
The Saints' Nordic teams will compete again next weekend at the 2014 Dartmouth Carnival.