Panther Skiers Third At Williams

2/19/05 - The Panthers made it five third place finishes in five carnivals as they placed third at the Williams Carnival. Middlebury will host the Eastern Championships this weekend at the Rikert Ski Touring Center and the Snow Bowl.

Junior Garrott Kuzzy (Minneapolis, Minn.) paced the men's nordic team with a fourth place finish (26:58) in the 10K freestyle race. Placing eighth was sophomore Beau Baldock (Jackson, Wyo.) in 27:47, followed by junior Jake Whitcomb (Worthington, Mass.) in 20th (29:24). In the classic sprint relay, the team of Kuzzy, Baldock and first-year racer Matt Johnson (Anchorage, Alaska) finished fourth overall with a time of 29:03.

Sophomore Evelyn Dong (Wayland, Mass.) led the Middlebury women with a sixth place finish (16:35) in the 5K freestyle race. Junior Jenny Jorvig (Minnetonka, Minn.) was next for the Panthers in 11th place (17:00), followed by junior Claire Anderson (Whitefish, Mont.) in 14th (17:05). In the relay, the team of senior Tyne Pike-Sprenger (W. Dover, Vt.), junior Taylor Leach (Old Forge, N.Y.) and sophomore Erin Pittenger (McCall, Idaho) finished fifth with a time of 36:29.

On the slopes, the men's GS squad was solid, winning the event with racers in third, seventh and eighth places. Junior David Coriell (Killington, Vt.) led the pack in third with a time of 1:55.73. Placing seventh was senior John Rusten (Federal Way, Wash.) in 1:56.64, followed by first-year racer Joseph Swensson (Niantic, Conn.) in eighth (1:56.81). The Panthers didn't fare as well in the slalom, with the exception of a third place finish by Rusten (1:47.07). Placing 15th was senior Derek Shields (Colorado Springs, Colo.) with a time of 1:51.15, followed by first-year racer Clayton Reed (Stowe, Vt.) in 19th place (1:54.24).

First-year racer Megan Hughes (Killington, Vt.) led the women's team in the GS, finishing four with a time of 1:59.75. Placing 11th in the race was first-year racer Krissy Poehling (LaCrosse, Wis.) in 2:02.29, followed by sophomore Lindsay Brush (Charlotte, Vt.) in 13th (2:02.78). In the slalom, Hughes finished fifth in 1:36.13, followed by Brush in seventh with a time of 1:37.47. Finishing 14th in the race was Poehling, coming in with a time of 1:40.09.