1/24/04 - The Middlebury College nordic and alpine ski teams did something no other teams have done in school history. The teams combined to win the school's first-ever carnival race since the EISA has been combining team scores in 1983. The feat came at Sugarloaf USA, this year's site for the Colby Carnival.
The Middlebury College nordic and alpine ski teams did something no other teams have done in school history. The teams combined to win the school's first-ever carnival race since the EISA has been combining team scores in 1983. The feat came at Sugarloaf USA, this year's site for the Colby Carnival.<?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
On the alpine side, the Middlebury men were led by junior John Rusten (Federal Way, Wash.), who placed second in the GS (2:00.57, .54 off the winning pace) and third in the slalom (1:22.96, .34 off the winning pace). Senior Fred Emich (Littleton, Colo.) placed sixth in the GS (2:00.53), while coming in eighth (1:24.40) in the slalom. Middlebury's third racer in the GS was senior Andy Peters (Shelburne, Vt.), who came in 12th with a time of 2:04.73. Sandwiched in-between Rusten and Emich in the slalom was sophomore David Coriell (Killington, Vt.), who placed eighth in 1:24.40.
First-year racer Lindsay Brush (Charlotte, Vt.) led the women's GS team as she placed third with a time of 2:06.13, 1.7 seconds off the winning pace. Finishing eighth was senior Laura Scripture (Harrisonburg, Va.) with a time of 1:02.77, followed by rookie Tara Martin (Lyndonville, Vt.) in 13th (2:10.84). In the slalom race, junior Jessica Smith (Rockport, Maine) paced the team in eighth place in 1:30.32, just under three seconds off the winning time. Just behind her was Brush in 1:30.52, followed by Martin in 15th place with a time of 1:32.11.
Sophomore Claire Anderson (Whitefish, Mont.) picked up where she left off at last year's EISA Championships as she won the women's 10K freestyle race in 31:50. Also with top five finishes were senior Kate Whitcomb (Worthington, Mass.) in fourth (32:29) and senior Kate Newick (Canterbury, N.H.) in fifth (32:38). The threesome also combined to win the women's 3x5 relay race with a cumulative time of 48:29.
Sophomore Garrott Kuzzy (Minneapolis, Minn.) led the men's nordic team with a second place finish (40:35, two seconds off the winning pace) in the 15K race. Senior Colin Rodgers (Westford, Vt.) placed sixth for the Panthers in 42:35, followed by senior Marshall Greene (Spokane, Wash.) in ninth place with a time of 42.52. This group was also able to win the men's 3x5 relay with a combined time of 41:13. (results)