Ski Team Finishes 7th At NCAA's

3/13/04 - The Panther ski teams finished seventh overall at the NCAA Championships in Donner Summit, California. <?xml:namespace prefix = "st1" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />New Mexico won the event, with Vermont placing fifth as the top eastern squad. The high altitude had its effects on Middlebury, as it did for all the eastern squads in the nordic races.<?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

On the final day of races, the Panther men's nordic team was led by sophomore Garrott Kuzzy (Minneapolis, Minn.) who placed 12th in the 20K race with a time of 54:12, 1:01 off the winning time. Placing 22nd in the race was senior Marshall Greene (Spokane, Wash.) in 56:40, followed by senior Colin Rodgers (Westford, Vt.) in 24th (57:42).

In the women's race, senior Kate Whitcomb (Worthington, Mass.) was the top performer with a 21st place finish in 55:38, 2:34 off the winning time. In 30th place in the 15K race was sophomore Claire Anderson (Whitefish, Mont.) with a time of 56:18, followed by senior Kate Newick (Canterbury, N.H.) in 33rd (57:04).

On Friday, Middlebury competed in the slalom event, with junior Jessica Smith (Rockport, Maine) turning in the top performance, placing fourth overall in 1:24.81, two seconds off the winning time. Placing 13th was first-year racer Lindsay Brush (Charlotte, Vt.) in 1:26.13, followed by senior Laura Scripture (Harrisonburg, Va.) in 16th with a time of 1:26.42.

On the men's side, sophomore David Coriell (Killington, Vt.) led a pack of Panthers, placing 13th overall in 1:16.99, just over two seconds off the winning pace. In 16th was junior John Rusten (Federal Way, Wash.) (1:17.78), followed by senior Fred Emich (Littleton, Colo.) in 17th (1:17.78).

The top finisher in Friday's nordic race was Kuzzy, who placed fourth in the men's 10K free race with a time of 22:04, 37 seconds off the winning time. Coming in 30th was Greene (24:03), followed by Rodgers in 33rd (24:23). Leading the women in the 5K race was Newick in 13th place with a time of 12:25, 30 seconds off the winning time. Placing 20th was Anderson (12:45), followed by Whitcomb in 31st place (13:03).

One day one, the top finisher on the women's giant slalom was Smith, who placed seventh in 2:00.22, 1.04 off the championship time. Placing 12th was Brush in 2:01.10, followed by Scripture in 24th place with a time of 2:03.30. On the men's side, Emich led the Panthers with a 13th place finish in 1:54.21, just under two seconds off the winning time. Placing 14th was Coriell with a time of 1:54.26, followed by Rusten in 19th place in 1:55.04. complete results