Talbot, Kirk, Woods finish top 10 at Middlebury Carnival

February 14, 2015

Silas Talbot Nordic Skiing

Silas Talbot

Three Anchorage cross-country skiers were among the fastest at the annual Middlebury College Winter Carnival in Vermont.

Silas Talbot of Dartmouth College nearly won the men’s 10-K classic race, finishing second among 68 finishers with a time of 26:13.

The senior standout turned in another top-10 finish with a ninth-place showing in the 10-K skate race in 26:20.

Talbot, of Service High fame, also finished second in the classic at the Vermont Carnival. Overall this season he has seven top-10 finishes in eight college races.

Stephanie Kirk Cross Country SkiingOn the women’s side, Stephanie Kirk and Marion Woods of the University of Vermont each piled up points in both disciplines to help the Catamounts win their 20th consecutive college carnival.

Kirk, of South High fame, finished fourth in the 10-K classic in 31:55 and outsprinted a skier from Bates College at the line.

The junior also was sixth in the 5-K freestyle in 16:32.

It was her second consecutive weekend with double top-10 performances.

Last year she was named to the EISA All-East First Team and competed for the U.S. at the Junior World Championships in Italy.

Marion Woods Nordic Skiing

Marion Woods

Woods, of South High fame, registered two top-10 finishes at a single meet for the second time.

The super sophomore was ninth in the 10-K classic in 32:27 and placed seventh in the 5-K skate race.

Last year she also raced at Junior Worlds and claimed a fifth-place finish at the U.S. Junior National Championships.