Ski Teams Head To NCAA's

Ski Teams Head To NCAA's

The University of New Hampshire will be the host of the 54th NCAA Men's and Women's Skiing Championships March 7-10, 2007 at Attitash and Jackson XC in the Mt. Washington Valley of New Hampshire. Middlebury will send a full team of six skiers on the alpine side, while sending four nordic racers to the event.

The NCAA Skiing competition opens on Wednesday March 7th at Jackson XC, with the men's 10K and women's 5K freestyle races. Action then turns to Attitash on Thursday the 8th for the men's and women's giant slalom. The Nordic competition returns to the spotlight Friday the 9th for the women's 15K and men's 20K classical races at Jackson XC, then the championships conclude on Saturday the 10th with the men's and women's slalom at Attitash.

Middlebury had another solid season on the slopes and trails, placing third in each of the six Eastern Carnivals this season. The women's alpine team may have been the most dominate of the four squads, placing five skiers in the top nine in the combined eastern rankings. Mattie Ford has been the most consistent performer, winning the slalom at Dartmouth, placing second at St. Mikes and third at UNH.

Dorothy Muirhead earned a second place finish in the GS at Williams, while placing fifth in the event at St. Michael's.

Lindsay Brush is Middlebury's third alpine qualifier, earning third place finishes in the GS at UVM and Middlebury.

On the men's side, Andrew Wagner has been coming on strong all season, capping the circuit with a win in the GS at Middlebury. He placed second in the event at Williams, with third place finishes in the slalom at Dartmouth and GS at St. Michael's.

Alec Tarberry has four top five finishes, including third in the GS at UNH and fourth in the GS at St. Michael's and Middlebury.

Clayton Reed had a season-best fourth place finish in the slalom at Williams. He also placed fifth at St. Michael's and sixth at UNH.

On the nordic side, Jenny Hamilton and Cassidy Edwards will represent Middlebury. Hamilton is ranked sixth, with three top three finishes this season. She earned a season-best second place finish in the 5K free at St. Michael's, while third in classical races at UNH and UVM.

Edwards is ranked seventh, with a top finish of fourth place in classical events at St. Michael's and UVM. She also earned five fifth place finishes on the year.

Simeon Hamilton is ranked eighth in the east and is Middlebury's top nordic qualifier. He earned a fourth place finish in the 10K free at UNH, while placing sixth four times this season.

Tim Reynolds enters the championships ranked 11th in the east, with solid performances early this season, qualifying for the Senior Men's sprint relay heats at US Nationals, and finishing in the top five at St. Mike's Carnival. A virus slowed him down during the season, but he is now healthy and ready to race.