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Akeo Maifeld-Carucci on the podium for the men's 10k freestyle (Photo NENSA)

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Kaitlynn Miller charging up a hill in the women's 10k classic mass start (Photo Paul Bierman)

GRP Skiers Podium at Lake Placid SuperTour; Race Ulricehamn World Cup

Last Updated: 29.Jan.2019

Skiers from the Green Racing Project had a number of standout results, both in the States, where some members raced the Lake Placid SuperTour/Eastern Cup, as well as abroad, at the World Cup stop in Ulricehamn, Sweden.

Lake Placid SuperTour

The weekend's SuperTour stop in Lake Placid, New York, featured just about every type of weather possible. After an inch of rain on Thursday, it proceeded to snow every day of the competition. Friday opened with interval start freestyle races, 5k for women and 10k for men. In the men's race, Akeo Maifeld-Carucci had a fantastic result, placing 2nd, his best SuperTour finish of the season so far. Adam Martin was not far behind in 4th place. On the women's side, Kaitlynn Miller took 6th, Liz Guiney was 12th, and Corey Stock finished 21st.

The following day athletes raced a classic sprint. All five GRP athletes qualified for the heats, with Kaitlynn Miller leading the way in 4th, Liz Guiney in 10th, and Corey Stock in 18th. On the men's side, Akeo Maifeld-Carucci qualified in 19th, and Adam Martin in 21st. Miller and Guiney both advanced all the way through to the A Final, where they placed 4th and 6th, respectively. Corey Stock made it to the semifinals, finishing in the top 10 (heat brackets were not available as of publication). Maifeld-Carucci and Martin did not advance out of their quarterfinal heats.

The weekend wrapped up with 10/15k classic mass starts in blizzard conditions. In the women's race, Miller broke away with a three women pack, and then sprinted away for the victory, her first SuperTour win of the season. Guiney was 6th in a sprint to the line, and Stock took 10th. On the men's side, Martin made the podium with a 2nd place finish, and Maifeld-Carucci took 6th. Results from the weekend are available on Bullitt Timing. The SuperTour resumes on February 15th in Minneapolis, MN, and in the meantime the GRP skiers will race the Craftsbury Marathon this weekend!

Ulricehamn World Cup

Meanwhile, over in Sweden, two GRP athletes raced the World Cup in Ulricehamn, With upwards of 45,000 spectators, Ulricehamn is known for the one of the largest crowds of any World Cup stop. On Saturday, Caitlin Patterson raced to 23rd in the 10k freestyle interval start, her best World Cup result of the season so far. Ben Lustgarten finished 64th in the men's 15k freestyle. The following day, both Patterson and Lustgarten were part of the USA relay team. Patterson skied the third leg, a freestyle one, for the women's 4x5k relay. The team finished 6th, and Patterson had the 7th fastest time for her leg. Lustgarten was the freestyle anchor for the men's 4x7.5k relay. He had an exciting finish with the Sweden II team and Italy, and ultimately brought the team home in 13th. The World Cup takes a break this coming week, and the resumes in Lahti, Finland on February 9th. Results from Ulricehamn are available on FIS-ski.com