Ski Teams Open Season At St. Lawrence

Ski Teams Open Season At St. Lawrence

The Middlebury College ski teams opened up their 2010 season with a trip to New York for the St. Lawrence Carnival. Dartmouth won the event with 957 points, followed by UVM (849), UNH (828) and Middlebury (685). The men's GS squad and the women's 5K classical group both finished in second place in their respective events.

On Friday, Brian Shpall led the Middlebury alpine team, placing third overall with a time of 2:01.44 in the GS. Next for the Panthers in ninth place was Jonathan Hunter in 2:02.26, followed by Andrew McNealus in 15th (2:03.18). On the women's side, Lindsay Kraft led all Middlebury skiers with an 11th place finish in 2:08.08. Leah McLaughry scored for the Panthers in 19th place (2:09.72), followed by Sasha Rauch in 31st (2:12.05).

In Saturday's slalom event, Nicole Dvorak turned in a solid fourth place finish with a time of 1:53.38. Placing ninth for Middlebury was Tasha Woodworth (58.51), while Christine Schozer placed 41st (2:14.73) as Middlebury's third scorer. In the men's race, Middlebury placed four racers in slots 7-11. Lund led the group in seventh place (1:38.40), followed by Hunter in eighth (1:38.61) and Bobby Poehling in ninth (1:38.63). Shpall had the fastest time in the second run (48.62) and finished 11th (1:38.85), earning top rookie honors among all racers on the alpine hill.

The women's nordic team was led by Lauren Fritz, who placed ninth overall (16:38) in the 5K classic race. Keely Levins was next for the Panthers in 14th (16:47), followed by Corinne Prevot, who came in 21st (17:05). Saturday's nordic races saw Fritz finish seventh overall with a time of 49:49 in the 15K freestyle race. Prevot placed 29th (52:24) in the race, followed by Levins in 31st (52:40).

In the men's 10K classic race on Friday, Douglas Debold led Middlebury with a sixth place finish in 28:36. The Panthers then placed racers in 12th and 13th place, as Michael Mommsen (29:15) and Patrick Johnson (29:20) rounded out the point-earners. Johnson was the top Panther on Saturday in the 20K freestyle race, earning a time of 56:56, good for 13th place. Just two seconds behind in 14th was Chase Marston, followed by Graham Egan in 18th place (57:10).