Ski Teams Open Season With Second Place Finish At Colby

The Middlebury College nordic and alpine ski teams began their seasons at the Colby Carnival over the weekend. Vermont won the season-opener with 639 points, followed by Middlebury with 624, Dartmouth with 614 and UNH with 533.

In the women's classic sprint race, 32 qualified in the morning and advanced to the elimination heats. First-year racer Cassidy Edwards (Glen Arbor, Mich.) led the Middlebury team with a fifth place finish, followed by junior Jenny Hamilton (Aspen, Colo.) in eighth and junior Evelyn Dong (Wayland, Mass.) in 34th.

The women's 15K free race saw senior Claire Anderson (Whitefish, Mont.) pace the Panthers in eighth place with a time of 53:47, 3:21 off the winning time. Finishing just behind her in ninth was Dong (53:49), followed by Edwards in 10th (54:21).

The Middlebury men won the classic sprint race, led by first-year racer Tim Reynolds (Bristol, Vt.) in second, junior Beau Baldock (Jackson, Wyo.) in third and senior Jake Whitcomb (Worthington, Mass.) in seventh.

Senior Garrott Kuzzy (Minneapolis, Minn.) led the squad in the 20K freestyle race, placing second with a time of 56:16, 48 seconds off the winning time. Reynolds placed fifth (57:15) in the race, followed by Whitcomb in ninth (57:34).

On the alpine side, sophomore Megan Hughes (Killington, Vt.) won the slalom event with a time of 1:32.75. Placing fourth in the race was first-year skier Mattie Ford (Plymouth, N.H.) with a time of 1:33.34), followed by junior Lindsay Brush (Charlotte, Vt.) in ninth (1:35.12).The GS was limited to one run due to poor weather conditions. Brush paced the team, finishing in third place with a time of 56.14. Just behind her was sophomore Krissy Poehling (LaCrosse, Wis.) in fourth (56.26), followed by rookie Tucker Burton (Breckenridge, Colo.) in 14th (57.48).

Junior Andrew Everett (Andover, Mass.) led the men in the slalom race, finishing 13th overall with a time of 1:58.69, 10 seconds off the winning time. Finishing 19th was sophomore Clayton Reed (Stowe, Vt.) with a time of 2:25.17, followed by sophomore Joseph Swensson (Niantic, Conn.) in 20th (2:26.32).

The men's GS race was run under some controversy, with a lightning delay stopping the event midway through its completion. The race was run under protest, but as of now, here are the final results. Everett led the team in sixth, followed by senior David Coriell (Killington, Vt.) in 13th and first-year racer Andrew Wagner (Traverse City, Mich.) in 15th.

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