Middlebury Finishes Seventh At NCAA Ski Championships

Middlebury Finishes Seventh At NCAA Ski Championships

The Middlebury College ski teams finished seventh out of 24 teams scoring at the 2006 NCAA Championships hosted by the University of Colorado. The championship concluded the 31st and final season for nordic head coach Terry Aldrich. Top eight finishers earned All-American status.

In the women's GS race, first-year skier Mattie Ford (Plymouth, N.H.) led Middlebury with a fourth place finish in 2:24.69, while sophomore Krissy Poehling (LaCrosse, Wis.) came in 18th place in 2:25.60. Sophomore Megan Hughes (Killington, Vt.) had a good first run, but missed a gate during the second run and was disqualified. In the slalom race, Hughes paced the Panthers with a third place finish in 1:23.15. Finishing ninth was Ford (1:24.71), followed by Poehling in 17th (1:28.86).

The men's GS squad was paced by first-year racer Andrew Wagner (Traverse City, Mich.), who finished 13th overall with a time of 2:16.39. Placing 17th was junior Andrew Everett (Andover, Mass.) with a time of 2:17.34, followed by sophomore Clayton Reed (Stowe, Vt.) in 29th (2:46.85). Reed led the team with an 11th place finish (1:15.90) in the slalom, followed by Everett in 19th (1:17.33) and Wagner in 28th (1:31.47).

First-year racer Cassidy Edwards (Glen Arbor, Mich.) led the women's nordic team with a 15th place (17:35) finish in the 5K classical race. Placing 23rd in 18:13 was junior Evelyn Dong (Wayland, Mass.), followed by junior Jenny Hamilton (Aspen, Colo.) in 37th (20:07). Dong was strong in the 15K freestyle race, finishing third overall with a time of 46:38. Edwards placed 19th (49:52) in the race, followed by Hamilton in 36th (53:28).

Senior Garrott Kuzzy (Minneapolis, Minn.) paced the men's team with a 30th place finish in the 10K classical race. First-year racer Tim Reynolds (Bristol, Vt.) came in 36th (32:47), while senior Jake Whitcomb (Worthington, Mass.) placed 39th (35:24). In the 20K freestyle race, Kuzzy finished 15th overall in 57:21. Whitcomb in 36th (1:02) and Reynolds in 37th (1:03) rounded out the squad.

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