Twelve members of the Paul Smith's College Striders team traveled to Bend, Ore. to take part in the U.S. Snowshoe Nationals on March 16 and 17.
Freshman Louis Ferrone III earned a spot on the United States national team after placing second in the 5-kilometer event with a time of 30 minutes, 28 seconds. Ferrone finished just behind Justin Miller of Oregon, who clocked a 30:23. The top three finishers were selected to the national team.
Ferrone came back the next day to help the Striders' relay team capture gold, joining Jack Mulvihill, Dave Kucia and Eric Kowalik to record a time of 14:33. Second place went to the Mid-West Mountain Men who finished in 15:44.
Louis Ferrone III races to a second-place finish in the 5-kilometer event of the U.S. Snowshoe Nationals on March 16 in Bend, Ore.
(Photo — Jim Tucker)
It was the second year in a row that a team from Paul Smith's won the relay race, with Mulvihill and Kowalik competing both years.
The Paul Smith's women also captured gold in the March 17 relay race in Bend. Ashley Evans, Alexa Cosgro, Lea Anthony and Corrie Desilets won the title with a time of 19:47 after a heated battle against a Midwestern team that crossed the line in 19:58.
Paul Smith's College fielded a second men's relay team, with Chris Peterson, Mike Cerasaro, Rand Snyder and Andrew Nutt earning silver in 18:15.
Evans was the top Paul Smith's female racer in the 5k Junior event, finishing fourth in 41:24. Desilets placed seventh in 52:27.
Mulvihill and Cosgro were the top Paul Smith's snowshoers in the 10k individual event. Mulvihill placed third in 59:07, followed by teammates Kowalik (1:01:08), Peterson (1:03:18), Kucia (1:07:02) and Cerasaro (1:32:21).
On the women's side, Cosgro finished 18th overall and third in the 20-24 age category after clocking a time of 1:20:14. Stephanie Howe of Oregon won the race in 1:00:14.
Next year's nationals will be held at Prospect Mountain in Woodord, Vt. It is expected to attract the largest contingent of snowshoe runners ever to a national event, due to the abundance of snowshoe racers who reside in Western Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New York.