2/7/04 - The Middlebury College nordic and alpine ski teams continued their sensational seasons as they captured the University of Vermont Carnival. The win marked the first time the Catamounts have lost on their own mountain in the 31-year history of their carnival.
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First-year racer Lindsay Brush (Charlotte, Vt.) led the women in the GS race, placing sixth in 2:12.90, two seconds off the winning pace. Senior Laura Scripture (Harrisonburg, Va.) finished seventh (2:13.69), while first-year skier Tara Martin (Lyndonville, Vt.) came in 11th (2:16.15). Scripture had an impressive second place finish in the slalom, losing the race by just .10 seconds (1:38.41). Senior Brie Pike-Sprenger (West Dover, Vt.) came in 11th (1:42.87), while Martin placed 12th (1:43.48).
The men's GS race was shortened to one run due to mountain conditions, but that did not effect the Panthers as they placed racers in third, fifth and seventh places. Junior John Rusten (Federal Way, Wash.) led the pack in third place with a time of 1:01.28, .35 seconds off the winning time. Finishing fifth in the race was junior Peter Phillips (New York, N.Y.) in 1:02.07, while senior Eric Rygg (Belvedere, Calif.) came in seventh with a time of 1:02.38. In the slalom race, Rusten came in third overall in 1:31.72, one second off the winning time. Senior Fred Emich (Littleton, Colo.) came in seventh (1:32.63), while Rygg placed 13th in 1:34.31.
Senior Kate Newick (Canterbury, N.H.) led the Panthers in the 5K classical race with a second place finish in 19:03, three seconds off the winning pace. Senior Kate Whitcomb (Worthington, Mass.) came in fourth (19:19), followed by first-year racer Virginia Hamilton (Aspen, Colo.) in eighth (19:34). Newick, Whitcomb and sophomore Claire Anderson (Whitefish, Mont.) won the 3x5 relay race with a combined time of 53:17.
The men's team was paced by a third place finish by sophomore Garrott Kuzzy (Minneapolis, Minn.). His time of 33:59 was 22 seconds off the winning pace in the 10K race. Senior Marshall Greene (Spokane, Wash.) placed seventh (35:27), while sophomore Jake Whitcomb (Worthington, Mass.) came in 14th (35:53). (results)